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Study Business abroad

An in-depth guide to studying business as an international student.

Business degrees abroad

Business degrees are one of the most popular subjects for international students to study abroad. A degree in business can open up a huge number of career opportunities, and choosing to study abroad can give you an edge in a competitive market.

Studying business overseas means you’ll not only experience a new culture and way of life, but also gain an insight into how business works in a different country.

Business program structure

Business is a huge field of study, and what is covered in a business degree program can vary greatly. Business degrees also come under many different names and guises, so it’s important to understand the program curriculum and structure before you apply.

Typical business degree modules include:

  • Accounting/management accounting
  • Marketing/digital marketing
  • Economics
  • Micro/macroeconomics
  • Entrepreneurial management
  • Business research
  • Business information systems

There is usually the option during your degree to choose optional modules alongside the compulsory ones. These can help you tailor your program to focus on the areas you find most interesting, and that best match your career plans.

The exact course structure and curriculum will depend on the program you’re studying. Most business undergraduate degrees will take three or four years to complete, and some offer a year abroad or at work as part of the program.

Business programs are usually taught through lectures, tutorials and classes, and independent study. Assessment will be a combination of essays, projects, dissertations and written exams.

Types of business degrees

Business is a huge area, and there are many different programs that sit under the subject. Some universities refer to business in different ways, or offer programs that specialize in a specific area, including:

  • Business administration
  • Business management
  • International business
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human resource management
  • Hospitality, leisure and tourism management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics
  • Taxation

There are many other program options available, and the name given to programs can differ from university to university. That’s why it’s important to look carefully at the structure and scope of the curriculum to make sure the program you choose is the right one for you.

Why study business abroad

Business degrees are widely ranked as the most popular option for international students to study abroad. It’s not hard to see why; studying business overseas opens you up to a huge number of programs at some of the best business schools in the world.

Choosing to study abroad means you’ll be able to experience excellent teaching and a different country’s approach to business. Although you’ll learn all about international business in the classroom, when you study abroad you can see first hand how it works, and even spend time in and internship in an international business.

If you want to work in the business sector in another country, studying there is a great way to start your journey. It will also help you make connections with businesses and other students that could be useful connections in your future career.

Where to study business abroad

If you’ve made the decision to study business, you’ll be faced with a huge number of program options, from universities all over the world. To help you make the right decision, think about:

  • What area of business do you want to study?

    There are a wide range of business programs you can choose from, so work out exactly what you want to study to help narrow down your search.

  • Is there a specific industry you want to work in?

    Consider locations that offer business opportunities that match your career aspirations. For example, some cities are renowned for their finance sector, others for tech or digital industries.

  • What university experience do you want?

    Your time outside the classroom is really important, so take things like the student life of the university into account. Consider the activities, accommodation and support services offered by the university when applying.

Deciding where you’ll live and study for potentially several years is a huge decision, so take the time to make sure you make the right one. For more help, read our guide on choosing where to study abroad.

Best countries to study business

If you want to study in a country that offers the most highly regarded business programs, look no further than the US and UK. Both offer several business schools and colleges that are consistently ranked as the best in the world.

France is another country that offers many of the top business programs and business schools. Germany is an attractive option, not only because of the quality of its business courses, but also because it is a global center for industry, trade and finance.

Away from Europe and the US, Singapore and Hong Kong lead the way in Asia, along with China. Australia is another up and coming destination, with a number of highly ranked business schools available to international students.

Best universities to study business

When it comes to studying business abroad, you can attend a large multi discipline university, or a specialist business school that purely focusses on business programs.

When looking for the best university to study business, it’s worth thinking about:

  • What the program covers
  • If there are any internship or a year abroad included in the course
  • What the university offers in terms of student life
  • Where the university is located, e.g. do you want to live in a city or a more rural area?

It’s worth considering all these aspects when you’re making your decision on what university you want to attend, as well as how well the program is ranked.

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Business study abroad programs

The choice of business program and degree you can study abroad is huge. You can study a BSc or BA over three or four years at undergraduate level, or you can study for a diploma that usually lasts a year.

If you’re a graduate, you can study a master’s in business immediately after completing your bachelor’s degree. However, you can study for an MBA after having at least three years of work experience, usually in a business or management role.

An MBA, or Master of Business Administration, is a very popular, competitive and prestigious qualification that is designed to enhance your career opportunities. An MBA from a good business school abroad is likely to act as a big boost for your CV.

Business undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in business

  • Atlantis University Logo

    Business Administration Atlantis University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 11,000 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, March, May, July, September
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  • MAHSA University Logo

    Business Administration MAHSA University, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 4,800 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, April
    Show more details about Business Administration
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    International Business IFM University, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 29,000 CHF
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, April, October
    Show more details about International Business
  • Altinbas University Logo

    Business Administration Altinbas University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 8,500 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, September
    Show more details about Business Administration
  • Centre d'Études Franco-Américain de Management Logo

    The CEFAM Program - Business Administration Centre d'Études Franco-Américain de Management, France

    • Tuition fees per year 7,000 EUR
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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Associate in business

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    Business Administration Atlantis University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 10,000 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, March, May, July, September
    Show more details about Business Administration
  • RMIT University Logo

    Business RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 28,800 AUD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about Business
  • Kaunas University of Technology Logo

    Applied Business Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

    • Tuition fees per year 25,028 EUR
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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  • Midway University Logo

    Business Administration Midway University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,500 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
    Show more details about Business Administration
  • Black Hills State University Logo

    Business Administration Black Hills State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 9,422 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
    Show more details about Business Administration
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Certificate in business

  • MAHSA University Logo

    Business MAHSA University, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 5,500 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, April
    Show more details about Business
  • Vrije Amsterdam Summer School Logo

    Foundations of International Business Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    • Tuition fees per year 1,150 EUR
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 month
    • Start date July, August
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Foundation Studies: Business RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 25,500 AUD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July
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  • Centennial College Logo

    Business Foundations Centennial College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,531 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, July, September
    Show more details about Business Foundations
  • Fanshawe College Logo

    Business Fundamentals Fanshawe College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,922 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
    Show more details about Business Fundamentals
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Pathway in business

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    Business Pathway Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 14,300 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date January
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  • University of Sussex Logo

    Business and Management - International Year One University of Sussex, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 17,800 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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  • Flinders University Logo

    Business Flinders University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 24,700 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 8 months
    • Start date June, October
    Show more details about Business
  • Kingston University Logo

    Business and Management - International Year 1 Kingston University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,450 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 8 months
    • Start date January, September
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  • University of Lincoln Logo

    Business and Management, International Year One University of Lincoln, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 12,910 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September, October
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Diploma in business

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    International Business RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 20,500 AUD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about International Business
  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Logo

    Business Administration (Co-op) Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,412 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January
    Show more details about Business Administration (Co-op)
  • Centennial College Logo

    Business – Marketing Centennial College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,531 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Logo

    Business Administration (Marketing) - Year 2 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,102 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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  • Fanshawe College Logo

    Business Administration - Leadership and Management Fanshawe College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,022 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year 8 months
    • Start date September
    Show more details about Business Administration - Leadership and Management
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Top-Up in business

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    International Business Management University of Hull, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 14,000 GBP
    • Program type Top-Up
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
    Show more details about International Business Management
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Business graduate programs

Master's in business

  • MAHSA University Logo

    Business Administration (Hospital Management) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 12,400 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, April
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  • University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons Logo

    Business and Services: Tourism University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 3,100 CHF
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • Fisher College Logo

    Business Administration (Accounting) Fisher College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 25,678 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Altinbas University Logo

    Business Administration (MBA) Altinbas University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 3,450 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, September
    Show more details about Business Administration (MBA)
  • IFM University Logo

    International Business IFM University, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 32,500 CHF
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 10 months
    • Start date January, April, October
    Show more details about International Business
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Doctorate in business

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    Business Administration Geneva Business School, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 21,300 CHF
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, September
    Show more details about Business Administration
  • RMIT University Logo

    Business RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 34,560 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about Business
  • University of Tasmania Logo

    Business Administration University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 33,208 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about Business Administration
  • University of Wyoming Logo

    JD & Master of Business Administration University of Wyoming, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,500 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date May, September
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  • University of Stellenbosch Logo

    Business Management and Administration University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    • Tuition fees per year 0 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration
    • Start date
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Pathway in business

  • University of Sheffield Logo

    Business, Social Sciences and Humanities, Pre-Masters University of Sheffield, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,000 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, March, September
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  • Lancaster University Logo

    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Masters Lancaster University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 15,000 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 7 months
    • Start date
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  • University of Glasgow Logo

    Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s University of Glasgow, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,480 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Sussex Logo

    Business, Media and Social Sciences - Pre Masters University of Sussex, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,400 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, May
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  • Northeastern University Logo

    International Business (Global Pathways) Northeastern University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,200 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 4 months
    • Start date March, July, November
    Show more details about International Business (Global Pathways)
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Certificate in business

  • Northeastern University Logo

    Business Administration Northeastern University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,000 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May
    Show more details about Business Administration
  • RMIT University Logo

    Business Administration (Executive) RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 22,560 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Newcastle Logo

    Business Psychology (Exit Award) University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 20,190 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • University of Tasmania Logo

    Business Studies University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 17,310 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about Business Studies
  • Central Queensland University Logo

    Business Administration Central Queensland University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 13,920 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date March, July, November
    Show more details about Business Administration
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Diploma in business

  • University of Stellenbosch Logo

    Business Management and Administration University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    • Tuition fees per year 0 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January
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  • Central Queensland University Logo

    Business Administration Central Queensland University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 27,840 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date March, July, November
    Show more details about Business Administration
  • North Island College Logo

    Business Administration - Marketing North Island College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 14,790 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Northern Lights College Logo

    Business Management – Health Administration Specialization Northern Lights College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 13,129 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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  • Swiss Hotel Management School Logo

    International Business in Hotel and Resort Management Swiss Hotel Management School, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 35,700 CHF
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date November
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Entry requirements to study business abroad

To study business in another country you’ll need to meet the university’s entry requirements. The exact requirements will differ depending on the country and university you’re applying to, but here’s the minimum you’ll need:

  • To have completed secondary education with satisfactory grades - some programs request you have good maths grades, but many don’t specify specific subjects
  • A personal statement that outlines your interest in the business
  • Good English language proficiency test scores
  • Relevant academic references
  • A bachelor’s degree (BA or BSc) in business to study at postgraduate level
  • Several years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree to study an MBA

Always check the entry requirements and what grades or GPA you need, and make sure you can meet them before you apply. Here is more on how to study abroad.

Future business careers

A business degree is hugely versatile and opens up loads of potential career options after graduation. The pathways are almost endless, but some of the most popular careers for business graduates include:

  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Sales
  • Management consultancy
  • Hospitality management
  • Project management
  • Data analysis
  • Retail management
  • Insurance
  • Banking

If you know what career you want to go into, make sure the program you choose includes all the skills and knowledge you’ll need for your career of choice.