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Study earth sciences abroad

An in-depth guide to studying earth sciences as an international student.

Earth sciences degrees abroad

Earth sciences explore the composition, history, and processes of the planet we live on. It’s a multidisciplinary field that draws upon several other subjects, including geography, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering.

As an earth sciences student, you’ll look at how the world came to exist and how it has developed over time. As well as gaining a detailed understanding of the Earth’s inner workings, you’ll study natural phenomena like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. You’ll also consider how we can protect our planet from the consequences of climate change, deforestation and pollution.

Weather systems, landscapes and natural resources vary hugely between countries and continents. Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to take your learning beyond the textbook and explore the world’s natural phenomena first-hand.

Earth sciences program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in earth sciences normally take three or four years to finish. The length of your BSc will depend on where you choose to study and whether or not you complete a placement between your second and final years.

If you’re hoping to explore the wildly diverse landscapes of the US, your undergraduate degree will last four years. The American liberal arts model insists that students spend the first half of their program studying general education, before focusing on science-specific modules for the final two years.

Postgraduate programs are available for students looking to dive into some original and independent research. Master’s programs usually require one year of full-time study or two years of part-time learning. A PhD will take several years on top of this.

To help you get to grips with the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, your timetable will feature a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips.

Since earth sciences is such a broad and far-reaching field, most universities have plenty of elective modules to choose from. That said, you’ll probably still attend mandatory classes in these core topics:

  • Earth processes and structures
  • Natural resources and materials
  • Structural geology and tectonics
  • Weather and climate
  • Oceanography
  • Introduction to geoscience
  • Threats and deformation
  • Mathematical skills for earth sciences

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Earth sciences study abroad programs

Earth sciences undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in earth sciences

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    Earth Sciences - BA Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,566 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Earth Sciences - BSc/BSc (Tech) University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,795 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Earth Sciences - BSc University of New Brunswick, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,357 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Earth Sciences - BSc St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,768 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Earth Sciences - BSc Millersville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,560 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in earth sciences

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    Earth Sciences - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,304 USD
    Start date
    February, June, August
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Earth sciences graduate programs

Master's in earth sciences

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    Earth Sciences - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    38,825 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Earth Sciences - MSc/MSc (Research)/MSc (Tech) University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    -
    Tuition fees per year
    33,835 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in earth sciences

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    Civil Engineering Sciences and Earth Sciences - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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Future earth sciences careers

As an earth sciences graduate, you’ll have the theoretical knowledge and practical capabilities needed to get your career off the ground. Your problem-solving, analytical, and critical reasoning skills will be desirable to an array of employers, including environmental consultancies, energy companies, conservation organizations and governments.

Here are some of the exciting positions you could land:

  • Engineering geologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Minerals surveyor
  • Environmental journalist
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Crisis and disaster management expert

With so many career opportunities available, figuring out what to do after graduation can be tricky. Your university’s career service can point you in the direction of work experience opportunities and polish your resume.