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Study cultural studies abroad

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

Cultural studies degrees abroad

Cultural studies degree programs examine cultures from all over the world and can combine several subject areas, including literature, sociology, history, philosophy and media. It’s possible to study specific cultural regions, for example, African studies or American studies, and cultural studies programs are often combined with other subjects like media, sociology or language.

You'll learn to analyze images, texts, technologies and cultural practices in order to develop a critical view on the major challenges facing us in the globalizing world today. You’ll also develop your cultural understanding of things like gender, race, class, sexuality and religion.

As an international student, studying cultural studies abroad means you can learn while immersing yourself in a new culture. This first-hand experience will help support your studies at the same time as broadening your personal horizons.

Cultural studies program structure

Cultural studies programs are available to study abroad at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. If you study a bachelor’s in the USA, you can choose cultural studies as your major alongside general studies and other minor subjects.

Bachelor’s degrees are available as a BA, and can take three or four years to complete, depending on where you’re studying. Some programs include a sandwich or placement year that allows you to work or spend a year studying abroad.

At postgraduate level, you can study a range of master’s qualifications in programs related to cultural studies as an MA, MSc or MLitt (Master of Letters). Master’s programs usually take one or two years to complete, and if you want to earn a doctoral degree in cultural studies, you can study a PhD over three to five years.

A lot of your contact time will be spent in lectures, tutorials and group workshops. Most programs will also expect you to spend a lot of time doing personal study. You’ll be assessed through things like written coursework, presentations, essays and exams, but this will vary depending on the program and individual module.

Exactly what you’ll learn and how your program will be structured will differ for each university, but here are some common cultural studies topics and modules:

  • Cultural analysis
  • Cultural history
  • Contemporary perspectives on art
  • Language and culture
  • Latin American studies
  • African studies
  • American studies
  • Asian studies
  • Culture and sociology
  • Research methods

Types of cultural studies degrees

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Cultural studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in cultural studies

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    Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies - BAEd Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Arts: Cultural Studies - BA University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,469 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Celtic Studies - BA St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,436 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Comparative Cultural Studies - BA University of New Brunswick, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,861 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,357 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies - BA University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,082 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,082 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in cultural studies

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    Humanities and Cultural Studies - AA North Seattle 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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    Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Cross Cultural Studies - AA Merritt 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 cultural studies

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    Advancing University Studies: Cultural Studies - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,477 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,012 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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Cultural studies graduate programs

Master's in cultural studies

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    Arts (Thesis): Cultural Studies - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,250 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies - MA University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,821 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,510 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Cultural Studies - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,277 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,895 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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Doctorate in cultural studies

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    Cultural Studies - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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Diploma in cultural studies

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    Arts: Cultural Studies - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,913 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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Future cultural studies careers

As a cultural studies graduate you will be armed with a range of skills like communication, analysis and research, that many employers are looking for. Popular careers cultural studies students can pursue include:

  • Policy analyst
  • Journalist
  • Media researcher
  • Teacher
  • Fundraising coordinator
  • Tourism marketing officer

If you’re unsure what career is right for you, your university should have a career service that can help you. If you do know what you want to do after graduation, they can also help you get there.

University is a great place to expand your experience inside and outside of the classroom, and taking part in student organizations is a great way to improve your CV.