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Study coaching abroad

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

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Coaching degrees abroad

Coaching degrees equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to effectively train, mentor, and guide individuals across a range of sports and abilities.

By enrolling in this program, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices behind successful coaching. Alongside exploring and evaluating different coaching techniques and approaches, you’ll learn about the ethical responsibilities of today’s coaches.

Studying abroad is an invaluable opportunity to see how sports coaches operate around the world. Your introduction to new sports and coaching styles will mold you into a well-rounded and versatile coach. Most importantly, you’ll appreciate the global power of sport and its potential to connect, unify, and transform.

Coaching program structure

The most popular study path followed by aspiring professional sports coaches is a bachelor’s degree. A BSc is studied over a minimum of three years, but most courses will encourage students to complete an additional year-long placement during their studies.

Placements are a fantastic way of putting what you’ve learned into context, gaining industry experience, and making professional connections.

If you’ve always dreamt of studying in the US, you can choose to study coaching as your major. After completing your general education classes in the first two years of study, you’ll take more classes directly related to sports coaching in the final half of your degree.

Research-based postgraduate qualifications are available for those still hungry to learn more. An MSc can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which takes the average student five years to finish.

Coaching programs typically blend theoretical and practical teaching methods. As such, you’ll be expected to participate in lectures, practical sessions, seminars, hands-on laboratories, and tutorials.

Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you select, but you’ll probably complete exams, essays, practical assessments, reports, and presentations over the course of your degree.

The content of coaching programs will largely depend on where you choose to study. However, most courses will include these core elements:

  • Fundamentals of effective coaching
  • Practical applications of coaching
  • Coaching professional practice
  • Coaching contexts and methodologies
  • Sport psychology
  • Physiology of exercise
  • Principles of human movement and skill in sport
  • Athlete and coach management

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Coaching study abroad programs

Coaching undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in coaching

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    Sport Coaching Education - 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
    January, August
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    Sports Coaching and Development - BSc Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,698 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Sports Coaching and Performance - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,737 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,480 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Football Coaching and Performance - BSc (Hons) University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,402 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Sport Coaching - BSc (Hons) University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,584 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,900 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in coaching

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    Coaching - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in coaching

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    Sports Coaching Science - FdSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,039 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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    Sports Coaching (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Coaching graduate programs

Master's in coaching

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    Professional Practice in Sports Coaching - MSc University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,424 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Coaching - MSc Eastern New Mexico University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,986 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,986 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Kinesiology: Coaching - MA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Sports Coaching - MRes London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,061 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Sports Coaching Science - MSc University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,492 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Future coaching careers

As a coaching graduate, you’ll be armed with the tools needed to work across a range of sport, recreational, and educational settings.

Your leadership, communication, passion, and perseverance will help you to excel in any of the following roles:

  • High-performance coach
  • Youth coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports development officer
  • Teacher
  • Armed forces training officer
  • Fitness center manager

Finding work experience and internship opportunities during university holidays will tremendously improve your employment prospects. Your University’s career advice team will help you track down and apply for these voluntary positions.