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Study communication abroad

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

Communication degrees abroad

Degree programs in communication come in all shapes and sizes, but they all focus on the ways in which people communicate. This includes examining things like face-to-face interaction, broadcast and online media, and developing practical skills in writing, speaking and producing content.

Communication is an essential skill used across all fields and in all areas of life. It's also an expanding profession, with the way we communicate always evolving and new digital media becoming more and more prominent.

You can study communication programs all over the world, with the US and Australia both popular destinations. By studying abroad you’ll gain a unique perspective on how another country and culture approach communication, giving you a more rounded experience of the subject.

Communication program structure

In the US, it’s possible to study communication as a single subject program, where as in many other countries you’ll usually study it alongside something else like media, fashion or marketing.

If you study in the US, you can choose to study communication as a major subject during your four year bachelor’s degree. You’ll also get to choose other minor subjects to study, but you will need to complete a set number of communications credits to get your degree.

You can study communication at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At bachelor’s level, you will study over three or four years to earn a BA, or some universities offer a BSc if it is combined with a science subject. You can also study for an MA at master’s level over two years, and some universities even offer doctorate programs in communication related subjects.

Teaching on most communications programs is made up of lectures, seminars, group workshops and practical sessions. You’ll be assessed through written assignments, projects and exams, and some programs will also include a final year dissertation.

The precise structure and content of your program will depend on things like the course title, degree level and university you’re studying at. Here are some of subjects and modules you could study on a communication program:

  • Communication and marketing
  • Introduction to communication theory
  • Culture and society
  • Global communication
  • Media production
  • Strategic communication
  • Public relations

Types of communication degrees

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Communication study abroad programs

Communication undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in communication

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    Digital Communication - BCS Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,092 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,263 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Advertising & Brand Communication - BA SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    42 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,713 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,500 EUR

    Start date
    October, March
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    Environmental Science: Policy & Communication - 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
    January, August
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    Communication - BSc University of Minnesota Crookston, USA
    • Online

    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, January, June
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    Communication - BA Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in communication

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    Communication Studies - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Communication - AA Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Communication - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Liberal Arts: Arts, Humanities, and Communication Studies - AA College of the Desert, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Communication Studies - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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Diploma in communication

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    Advancing University Studies: Media and Communication - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,539 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,034 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Communication studies4 - Dip (Arts) Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,092 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Communication Design: Interactive Media - UGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,255 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,045 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Communications, Culture, and Journalism Studies (Kelowna Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Electronics and Communications Engineering, Advanced - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,219 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in communication

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    Communications - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,425 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Health Studies and Communications Skills - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,248 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Networks and Communications - Cert California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Public Safety Communications - Cert Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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Pathway in communication

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    International Year - Communication and Design - UGP Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,340 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,340 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Media and Communications, International Year One - UGP Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,678 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,720 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Public Relations & Brand Communication (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,148 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Communication graduate programs

Master's in communication

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    Communication Arts - MA University of the Incarnate Word, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,280 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Arts: Media and Communication - MA University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,303 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Business Administration - Communications & Project Management - MBA The American Business School of Paris, France

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,096 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,250 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Communication/Theological Studies - Dual MA Dallas Baptist University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,872 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Communication & Public Relations - MBA EU Business School, Spain
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,647 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,400 EUR

    Start date
    January, October
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Doctorate in communication

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    Communication Sciences and Disorders - PhD University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,608 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,608 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Communication Studies - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    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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    Film, Media and Communication - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,653 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Media and Communication - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,948 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    Show program overview about Media and Communication
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    Media and Communications - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,340 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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Diploma in communication

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    Arts: Media and Communication - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,957 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Communication - GradDipArts University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,427 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Intercultural Communication and Applied Translation - PGDip Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,221 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    Communication Studies: Screen Production - PGDip Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,504 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,724 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Security in Computer Systems and Communications - PGDip EURECOM, France

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    17 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in communication

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    Advanced Communication for Professionals - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,324 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,626 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Communications – Professional Writing - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,248 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Digital Communication Strategy - PGCert RMIT University, Australia
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,460 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,520 AUD

    Start date
    January, October
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    Professional Writing and Communications - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,248 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Public Relations: Corporate Communications - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,340 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,885 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in communication

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    Communication and Design, 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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    Political Communication Pre-Master's Programme - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,203 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, April
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    Media and Communications, Pre-Master’s - PGP Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,387 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,230 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Future communication careers

A degree in communication will give you a wide variety of transferable skills that all employers value. Most organizations rely on internal and external communication, so you won’t be short of options when looking for a career after graduation. Some popular job roles for communication graduates include:

  • Human relations manager
  • Journalist
  • Social media manager
  • Communications officer
  • Public relations manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Advertising executive
  • Copywriter
  • Web content manager

To help you work out which path is right for you, make use of the university’s career services if they have one. They can help you work out which role could suit you and help you find work placements or graduate positions.

If you already know what job you want after university, make sure you choose a degree program that will give you the right skills for that role.