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Study child studies abroad

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

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Child studies degrees abroad

Child studies, often referred to as childhood studies, is a fascinating, interdisciplinary subject that focuses on the development of children and the issues that influence them.

As a child studies student, you’ll study a range of areas and topics that are important to children’s lives. You will look at the social, historical, and psychological factors that impact childhood, while developing the skills you’ll need to work in a range of child-rated careers.

Choosing to study child studies abroad as an international student means exposing yourself to the best programs the world has to offer. You’ll also broaden both your academic and personal horizons by studying in another country and experiencing a new culture.

Child studies program structure

Child studies programs are available at a range of degree levels and types. As an undergraduate, you can study for a foundation degree, diploma, certificate, or bachelor’s.

At the bachelor’s level, the majority of child studies programs are offered as a BA, but some are offered as BSc degrees. Most child or childhood studies programs are offered in the UK, but programs like child development are available in the USA.

If you do choose to study for a bachelor’s in the US, your program will usually last four years. Under the liberal arts college model, you’ll get the chance to study a range of minors before you declare your major in the final two years.

Child studies is also available at the postgraduate level. If you already hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field, you could choose to study a master’s as an MA or MSc, depending on the university. These programs usually last between one and two years and combine taught classes with your own research.

The method of teaching on most child studies programs will be lecture-based, but you can also expect regular tutorials, seminars, group work, and placements. The subjects and modules you’ll be taught will be different for each program, but some of the topics you can expect to cover include:

  • Contemporary debates in global childhood
  • Psychology for child studies
  • Education and diversity
  • Perspectives in child development
  • Professional practice in careers with children
  • The social history of childhood
  • Development of literacy in children
Child studies program structure

Child studies programs are available at a range of degree levels and types. As an undergraduate, you can study for a foundation degree, diploma, certificate, or bachelor’s.

At the bachelor’s level, the majority of child studies programs are offered as a BA, but some are offered as BSc degrees. Most child or childhood studies programs are offered in the UK, but programs like child development are available in the USA.

If you do choose to study for a bachelor’s in the US, your program will usually last four years. Under the liberal arts college model, you’ll get the chance to study a range of minors before you declare your major in the final two years.

Child studies is also available at the postgraduate level. If you already hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field, you could choose to study a master’s as an MA or MSc, depending on the university. These programs usually last between one and two years and combine taught classes with your own research.

The method of teaching on most child studies programs will be lecture-based, but you can also expect regular tutorials, seminars, group work, and placements. The subjects and modules you’ll be taught will be different for each program, but some of the topics you can expect to cover include:

  • Contemporary debates in global childhood
  • Psychology for child studies
  • Education and diversity
  • Perspectives in child development
  • Professional practice in careers with children
  • The social history of childhood
  • Development of literacy in children

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Child studies study abroad programs

Child studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in child studies

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    Child and Family Sciences (Child Development) - BSc University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Child and Family Studies: Child Development - BSc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Child Development - BSc/BBS/BA Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,936 USD

    Start date
    August, May
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    Child Development and Developmental Therapies - BSc (Hons) University of Suffolk, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,317 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,790 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Family and Child Development - BA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,929 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in child studies

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    Child Development - AA Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Preschool Child Development - AASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, June, March, January
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Pathway in child studies

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    Childhood Studies (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,086 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Child studies graduate programs

Master's in child studies

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    Child Development - MSc Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,452 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Child Development - MA California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Child Studies - MSc Linköping University, Sweden
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,550 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,550 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Childhood Studies - MA University of Suffolk, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,317 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,790 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Family and Child Life - MSc Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,007 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Future child studies careers

A degree in child or childhood studies will give you the skills and knowledge required to pursue a range of careers working with children. Some of the most popular roles for child studies graduates include:

  • Child psychotherapist
  • Child counselor
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Children’s nurse
  • Care worker
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Support worker

For some of the careers above you will need additional qualifications, so make sure you know exactly what you need for your dream career before you apply.

Make use of your university’s careers advice team - they can help you find relevant placements and work experience, or give you advice on which career could be right for you.