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Study creative writing abroad

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

Creative writing degrees abroad

Creative writing programs cover a wide range of writing practices for different mediums. From novels to TV scripts, studying creative writing will introduce you to the methods of writing you need for a given creative project. You will learn techniques such as using rhetoric to get a specific response from a reader.

On a creative writing program you may also be taught how to approach specific topics such as race and culture, while looking at successful examples of creative writing that surround the subject.

A creative writing degree would be suitable for international students who have a passion for writing and want to hone their abilities to produce their own works of fiction or improve their writing ability in English.

Creative writing program structure

The modules included within a creative writing program will vary depending on the university you choose to study at, and the level of degree. Many creative writing modules are available to students who are doing a degree that's closely associated such as English literature, linguistics, media, and performing arts. In the US you may be able to major in creative writing as part of a liberal arts program.

Some creative writing modules may require a portfolio of work to be created as a main assessment. This may count towards a large number of your credits for the year, or replace a longer essay such as a dissertation. For a creative writing master’s or PhD, a significant portion of your work could be producing your portfolio.

Some universities may be able to offer creative writing students work experience, or talks from successful writers and authors. You’ll also be able to collaborate with your classmates on extra curricular projects.

Some of the likely branches of creative writing studied in modules across a degree may include:

  • Playwriting
  • Radio drama
  • Poetry
  • Novels
  • Short stories
  • The personal essay
  • New media

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Creative writing study abroad programs

Creative writing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in creative writing

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    Creative Writing - BA Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,715 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    English - Creative Writing Emphasis - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,186 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,186 USD

    Start date
    March, September
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    Communication Studies with specializations in Rhetoric and Public Discourse - BA Oglethorpe University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,300 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    English - Creative Writing - 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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    English - Creative Writing - BA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in creative writing

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    Creative Writing - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,834 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Creative Writing - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,170 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in creative writing

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    Creative Writing: Fiction - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Creative Writing (Transfer Pathway) - Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in creative writing

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    English with Creative Writing (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,249 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Creative writing graduate programs

Master's in creative writing

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    Creative Writing - MFA Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,588 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Creative Writing - MA University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,510 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing - Integrated BA/MA Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,127 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing and Publishing - MFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,880 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,880 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    English: Professional and Creative Writing Specialization - MA 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
    September, January
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Doctorate in creative writing

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    Creative Writing - PhD Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,648 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,045 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Creative Writing - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,466 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    English and Creative Writing - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,515 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Rhetoric - PhD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,112 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future creative writing careers

Many creative writing students will want to go into a career where they can use their English skills to work on projects. Some roles where creative language skills would be useful include:

  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Social media specialist
  • Creative specialist
  • Advertising specialist
  • PR specialist
  • Script writer

There is also the opportunity to create your own projects such as writing a novel, or creating and pitching a TV / radio series.

Building a connection with other creative writing students or university contacts may prove useful to get feedback on your work or extra curricular writing projects. In the future these people may be able to introduce you to connections that need a writer.