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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

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    Entrepreneurship (strategic theme) Business - BSc University of Vermont, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    41,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 41,280 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Business Studies with Operations & Project Management - BA (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,388 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Accounting, Commerce - BComm Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,734 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,840 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Economics (Business) - BA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Agriculture Business - BSc University of Minnesota Crookston, USA
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    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,438 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,438 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
    Show program overview about Agriculture Business
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Associate in business

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    Applied Business - AAB University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,440 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,000 AUD

    Start date
    February
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    Applied Business - ASc La Trobe University - Didasko, Australia
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,508 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,800 AUD

    Start date
    July, December, November, October, September, August, June, May, April, March, February, January
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    Business - ASc National University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    May, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, April, March, February, January
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    Business - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    September, August, June, February, January
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    Business - ASc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,800 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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Diploma in business

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    Applied Business - Dip La Trobe University - Didasko, Australia
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,508 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,800 AUD

    Start date
    July, December, November, October, September, August, June, May, April, March, February, January
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    Business: Marketing - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,966 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,121 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business: International Business - UGDip Centennial College, Canada
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,410 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,237 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Business - Dip (with placement) Canadian College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    24,446 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,600 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May
    Show program overview about Business
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    Business - Dip (Bus) Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,855 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,565 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Certificate in business

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    Business - Cert MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,500 USD

    Start date
    April, January
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    Business - Cert Full Sail University, USA
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    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 USD

    Start date
    April, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, March, February, January
    Show program overview about Business
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    Business and Management - Cert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,695 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,167 GBP

    Start date
    June, April, March, February, January
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    Business Essentials - Cert Toronto School of Management, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,259 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, July, May, March, January, November
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    Pre-Business (Business Studies) - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,653 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, July, September
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Pathway in business

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    Business - UGP Flinders University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,206 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,700 AUD

    Start date
    June, October
    Show program overview about Business
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    Business Accounting with Finance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,369 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business and Management - International Year 1 - UGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,965 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,450 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business and Management - International Year One - UGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,098 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,800 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business and Management, International Year One - UGP University of Lincoln, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,910 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,910 USD

    Start date
    January, September, October
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Business graduate programs

Master's in business

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    Business Technologies - MBA Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,324 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,500 EUR

    Start date
    January
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    Business - Research - MSc (Research) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business - MBA Trinity Western University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,384 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,260 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business (Non-Profit Management) - MBA Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,890 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,890 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business - MA Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,790 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 EUR

    Start date
    October
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Doctorate in business

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    Business - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,873 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Business - Research - PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration: Business Intelligence and Data Analytics - DBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 USD

    Start date
    May, March, January, October, August, June
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    Business Administration: Management - DBA ISC Paris, France
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,790 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
    Show program overview about Business Administration: Management
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    Business Admnistration - DBA C3S Business School, Spain
    • Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,166 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,900 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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Diploma in business

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    Business - Entrepreneurship and Management - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,396 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Fashion Business and Management - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,453 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business and Management: Business Analytics - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,550 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    February, January
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    Commerce - PGDip Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,833 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    November, July, March
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    Commerce - PGDip Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,833 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    March, November, July
    Show program overview about Commerce
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Certificate in business

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    Blockchain Enabled Business - PGCert RMIT University, Australia
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,944 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,360 AUD

    Start date
    January, October
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    Business Analysis - PGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,154 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,138 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Business Analysis and Process Management (Co-op) - PGCert (with placement) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,476 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,160 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business and Management: Business Analytics - PGCert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,275 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,741 GBP

    Start date
    July, June, April, February, January
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    Business Leadership - GradCert Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,807 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,700 GBP

    Start date
    February, September
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Pathway in business

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    Business and Law, Pre-Master's Program - PGP University of Aberdeen, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,215 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    June, September
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    Business and Management, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Nottingham, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    30,287 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,480 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business and Management, Pre-master's Program - PGP Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,380 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,380 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Business and Social Sciences, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Strathclyde, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,859 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,120 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business, Hospitality, Tourism and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Brighton, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,654 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,230 GBP

    Start date
    June, July, August
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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.