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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 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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    Communication Arts - Public Relations - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Communication and Media Studies - Journalism - BA Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Communications - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Media and Communication Management - BA Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    42 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,000 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    Communication Arts (Public Relations) - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Associate in communication

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    Graphic Communication: Illustration - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in communication

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    Communications and Media Fundamentals - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Graphic Communications - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,250 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Communication graduate programs

Master's in communication

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    Business Administration - Communications & Project Management - MBA The American Business School of Paris, France

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,250 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Media and Communication Management - MA Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    12,800 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    MBA Concentration in Digital Communications and Multimedia - MBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,700 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Mass Communication - MMC Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    51,651 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Global Politics and Communication - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in communication

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    Media & Communication - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Electrical Engineering - Communications and Signal Processing Track - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Communication Studies - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Media and Communications - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Communication Sciences and Disorders - PhD University of Central Arkansas, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,866 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
    Show more details about Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Diploma in communication

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    Journalism, Media and Communications - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    30,450 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in communication

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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
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Public Relations – Corporate Communications - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Advanced Communication for Professionals - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,626 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Pathway in communication

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    Corporate and Organizational Communication (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,200 USD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    International Political Communication Pre-Master's Program - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 USD
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,230 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Pre-Masters Program - Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication (MAIIC) - PGP Royal Roads University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,030 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Communication and Design, Pre-master's Program - PGP Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,380 USD
    Start date
    -
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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.