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Study ecology abroad

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

Ecology degrees abroad

Ecology refers to the study of the interactions between living creatures and their environments. It’s a type of science that involves elements of biology, mathematics, geography, geology, statistics, and physiology.

As an ecology student, you’ll learn about the science behind ecology, including the evolution of species, the organization of creature populations, and the principles of biodiversity. You’ll examine how the earth’s biological systems are coping with challenges like climate change and deforestation and will work to offer solutions. You’ll be equipped with the theoretical and practical skills that you need to kickstart a career in ecology.

You cannot truly appreciate the rich diversity of the earth’s ecosystems without leaving your home country; that’s why studying ecology abroad is a fantastic idea. Encountering new environments, habitats, and species will help you to see ecology through a global lens. You’ll work alongside international experts and will graduate with the knowledge to work anywhere in the world.

Ecology program structure

A BSc in ecology will be studied over three or four years, depending on your university. Most universities will encourage you to take a placement year during your studies where you’ll temporarily join the ranks of an environmental organization, pharmaceutical company, or something similar.

On many undergraduate programs, ecology is paired with a related subject like biodiversity, environmental science, or conservation. Most of these courses are still classified as single honors programs and cover similar ground, but it’s worth double-checking the exact course details before applying.

Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s, you can go on to study a postgraduate qualification. These programs are more research-based and you’ll need to narrow your focus. A master’s usually takes one or two years to complete, followed by a PhD which can take between four and seven years to finish.

As well as learning through lectures, tutorials, and laboratory workshops, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to undertake practical studies and fieldwork. This combination will give you a solid theoretical and practical comprehension of the subject.

What’s covered on your course will differ between institutions. A range of elective modules will help you tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests. However, most university programs will cover these core areas:

  • Ecology of animal, plants and microbes
  • Evolution
  • Cell and development biology
  • Microbiology
  • Animal and plant biology
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Laboratory and professional skills for bioscientists
  • Genes and genomes

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Ecology study abroad programs

Ecology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in ecology

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    Applied Biological Sciences (Natural Resource Ecology) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Plant Biology - Ecology and Management - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Urban Ecology - BA/BSc University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,082 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Natural Resource Ecology and Management - Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biology - Ecology, Evolutionary and Conservation - BSc University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,478 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Diploma in ecology

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    Applied Coastal Ecology - Dip Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,547 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Ecology graduate programs

Master's in ecology

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    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Ecology and the Environment - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,000 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Ecology and Population Genetics - MSc University of Oulu, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Ecology and Biodiversity - MSc/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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    Wildlife Ecology - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in ecology

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    Ecology Program - PhD University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 USD
    Start date
    May, September
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    Environmental Sciences, Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,868 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in ecology

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    Applied Coastal Ecology - PGDip Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,547 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Future ecology careers

The need for qualified ecologists has arguably never been greater. With so many ecosystems in jeopardy, your knowledge and skills will open doors to several rewarding and fulfilling roles across public and private sectors, including:

  • Ecological consultant
  • Conservation officer
  • Zoologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Research analyst
  • Laboratory technician
  • Environmental researcher
  • Environmental policy analyst

If you’re finding it difficult to figure out what your dream job is, arrange to speak with your university’s career services. They provide professional advice and guidance to help you accelerate your career.