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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 Media and Communications – Specialisation: Public Relations and Advertising in Networked Society - BA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,306 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,840 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Electronics & Communications Engineering - BEng Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,750 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Communications - BA Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,714 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Human Communication – Business and Professional Communication Track - BA University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,478 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Humanities & Communication - Communication Studies Concentration - BA California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,647 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,647 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in communication

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    Communication Studies (for Transfer) - AA College of Alameda, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Communication Studies (for Transfer) - AA San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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 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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    Communication Studies (for Transfer) - AA Berkeley City 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, January, June
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Diploma in communication

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    Communication Design - Interactive Media - UGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,819 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,015 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Internet Communications Technology - AdvDip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,324 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,197 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
    13,916 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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    Health Studies and Communications Skills - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,012 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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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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    Graphic Communications - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,578 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,250 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Communications - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,168 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, 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
    17,372 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
    14,887 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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    Political Communication - MA (with foundation) Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,215 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Communication Sciences & Disorders - MSc Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,562 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,562 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Corporate Communication - MA Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,655 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Media and Communication - MA University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,585 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Communication Studies - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,675 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in communication

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    Film, Media and Communication - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,131 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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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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    Electrical Engineering - Communications and Signal Processing Track - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Media and Communications - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,464 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Communications and Journalism - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,028 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    23,541 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,450 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Professional Communication - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,168 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Communications for Intelligent Transport Systems: Connected Vehicles - PGDip EURECOM, France

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    17 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,286 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in communication

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    Public Relations: Corporate Communications - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,014 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,885 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Public Relations – Corporate Communications - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,012 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    13,013 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Advanced Communication for Professionals - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,087 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,626 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,906 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,520 AUD

    Start date
    January, October
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Pathway in communication

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    International Political Communication Pre-Master's Program - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,975 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,069 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.