Cookie policy

By clicking on or navigating the site, you agree to allow us to collect information on and off Studee as outlined in our cookie policy.

Study early childhood abroad

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

Early childhood degrees abroad

Early childhood education, also known as early childhood studies, is an education degree that focuses on the teaching of children from birth up to eight years old. It’s an ideal program if you want to work with young children or become a preschool, kindergarten or primary school teacher.

Studying early childhood education abroad means you can choose from a huge range of teaching colleges and universities. Approaches to education are different all over the world, so studying in another country can give you a unique perspective on early childhood studies.

If you want to work in a specific country as a teacher, check the requirements first. You may need specific qualifications to work with children, and you may need to do additional courses or tests if you have a degree from another country.

Early childhood program structure

Degree programs in early childhood education differ depending on the country and university you attend. Some allow you to become a qualified teacher at the end of the program, and others give you an academic degree without a teaching qualification.

At bachelor’s level you can study early childhood education as a BA over three or four years. If you’re looking for a postgraduate degree, you can study for an MA, which are usually designed for early childhood education professionals seeking to increase their understanding of the subject.

Most programs will include work experience and placements where you will be able to put your learning into practice, working with young children in a local preschool.

Early childhood programs are often named differently by different universities, for example; early years education, early childhood studies or early years teaching. The content of each program will be different too, but typical modules include:

  • Study of play
  • Pedagogy
  • Child safeguarding
  • Early childhood development
  • Contemporary childhood issues
  • Learning theory
  • Child development

How to study early childhood abroad

  1. University & program search

    Find the right program for you and your career aspirations
  2. Application guidance

    We'll get you to the right place to start your application
  3. Visa & travel advice

    Get help after application, all the way to your first day at university

Our team of advisors is ready to support you at every step of your study abroad journey.
Our services are 100% free for students like you because we're funded by universities.

Early childhood study abroad programs

Early childhood undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in early childhood

  • false

    Applied Arts: Early Childhood Leadership - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,626 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,107 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Applied Arts: Early Childhood Leadership
  • false

    Child Development: Early Childhood Development - BA California State University, San Bernardino, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,722 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Child Development: Early Childhood Development
  • false

    Early Childhood Education and TESOL - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education and TESOL
  • false

    Early Childhood - BA (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,090 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood
  • false

    Early Childhood - BA (Hons) Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,863 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood
See all bachelor's degrees in early childhood

Associate in early childhood

  • false

    Early Childhood Education - AA Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - AASc 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
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - AA Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
See all associate degrees in early childhood

Diploma in early childhood

  • false

    Early Childhood Care & Education - UGDip Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,772 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,510 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Care & Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Care and Education: Infants and Toddlers - UGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,617 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,570 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Care and Education: Infants and Toddlers
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,341 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,987 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,894 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,409 CAD

    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
See all undergraduate diplomas in early childhood

Certificate in early childhood

  • false

    Early Childhood Care & Education - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,606 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,065 CAD

    Start date
    March, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Care & Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - Cert Elgin Community College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education with Co-op - Cert Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,862 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,607 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, October
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education with Co-op
  • false

    Early Childhood Education Teacher - Cert College of the Desert, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education Teacher
  • false

    ECE: State Short Early Childhood Education: Infant Toddler Care - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
    Show program overview about ECE: State Short Early Childhood Education: Infant Toddler Care
See all undergraduate certificates in early childhood

Pathway in early childhood

  • false

    Early Childhood Studies - FdA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,315 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,850 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Studies
  • false

    FdEd Early Childhood Studies - FD University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,481 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about FdEd Early Childhood Studies
See all undergraduate pathways in early childhood

Early childhood graduate programs

Master's in early childhood

  • false

    Curriculum and Learning: Early Childhood - MA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,454 USD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Curriculum and Learning: Early Childhood
  • false

    Early Childhood (Interdisciplinary Studies) - MA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,863 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • false

    Early Childhood Education (P-3) - MEd University of West Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,494 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,494 USD

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education (P-3)
  • false

    Early Childhood Development, Learning and Intervention - MST Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    42,975 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 42,975 USD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Development, Learning and Intervention
  • false

    Early Childhood Education - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,960 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
See all master's degrees in early childhood

Doctorate in early childhood

  • false

    Early Childhood Education - EdD DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,960 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education, P-3 - EdS University of West Alabama, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,680 USD

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education, P-3
See all doctorates in early childhood

Diploma in early childhood

  • false

    Early Childhood Education - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    11 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,695 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    January, March, April, May, July, August, October, November
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Early Childhood Education (Progress Campus) - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,180 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Education (Progress Campus)
  • false

    Education (Early Childhood) - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,585 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,840 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Education (Early Childhood)
  • false

    Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood Education - GradDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,270 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood Education
  • false

    Teaching: Early Childhood Education - GradDipTchg (ECE) University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,889 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,881 NZD

    Start date
    January
    Show program overview about Teaching: Early Childhood Education
See all postgraduate diplomas in early childhood

Certificate in early childhood

  • false

    Teaching: Early Childhood Education - GradCert Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,446 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,671 NZD

    Start date
    February
    Show program overview about Teaching: Early Childhood Education
See all postgraduate certificates in early childhood

Future early childhood careers

Early childhood education is a largely vocational degree, however, there are several career paths you could take after graduation, including:

  • Nursery/preschool teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Youth worker
  • Child social worker
  • Early years teaching assistant
  • Education consultant
  • Learning mentor

If you want to become a qualified teacher, make sure you choose a program that includes teacher training. Some programs include a pathway in the second, third or final year that allows you to become a teacher, but you may need certain grades to be able to follow this path.