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Study economics abroad

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Economics degrees abroad

Economics is the study of how we use our resources. It looks at why economic decisions are made, and how they impact society. The study of money and how it works is a valuable skill, and choosing to study economics abroad will arm you valuable skills that employers want.

Studying economics overseas also means you’ll experience a new culture and way of life, and also gain an insight into how economics works in a different country.

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Economics program structure

Exactly what you can expect to study on an economics program will depend on the university and country you’re studying in. It will also be different depending on the level you’re studying at, so it’s important to look closely at the curriculum and content of the course before you apply.

Most programs will include several elective or optional modules you can choose from. This means you can tailor your program to focus on the areas you’re most interested in. For example, you could choose to study modules that focus on the impact of economics on society, or you could choose to focus on areas of mathematics and statistics.

Most economics degrees are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, and you’ll be assessed through essays, coursework and written exams. In the final year of most undergraduate degrees you will complete a dissertation that will make up a large part of your final assessment.

At undergraduate level, here some of the modules you can expect to study during an economics:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Applied economics and statistics
  • Global economics
  • Mathematics for economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economic policy

Types of economics degrees

There are a number of degrees you can study that are connected to economics, either concentrating on a specific area, or as a related branch of the subject. Some of the different types of economics degrees include:

  • Finance
  • Applied economics
  • Business economics
  • Social economic policy
  • Commerce
  • Agricultural economics

It’s also possible to study economics as a joint degree, for example you can study economics with politics, history or psychology. Choosing to study an economics subdiscipline or joint degree is a good way of focussing your degree in the area you’re most interested in.

Why study economics abroad

Economics impacts every aspect of our lives, from our own individual financial decisions, to the policies of governments and business. Studying economics abroad is a great way of broadening your experience by seeing first hand how another country and society deals with financial issues.

With the increase of international trade and globalization, studying abroad can give you valuable insight that will enhance your understanding of the subject. Not only that, but studying economics abroad is a great way to experience a new culture, improve your language skills and make lifelong friendships.

Where to study economics abroad

Once you’ve decided to study economics abroad, you’ll have a huge number of universities and programs from all over the world to choose from. To help you narrow down your search, think about:

  • What program you want to study. Look at the content of the program, and think about the length of the course and if you want a program that includes work placements or internships.
  • Where you want to work after graduation. Look at locations that offer opportunities that match your career aspirations, but remember you’ll need a work visa to work in the country once your studies have finished.
  • What university experience you want. Your time outside the classroom is really important, so take things like the student life of the university into account. Also think about things like the climate, culture and politics of the country you want to live in.

Deciding where to study is a big life changing decision, so take your time to make sure you make the right choice. Find out more about choosing where to study abroad here.

Best countries to study economics

When it comes to countries with the most highly ranked and respected economics programs, the USA leads the way. The UK also boasts some of the top economics schools and universities, with Australia and Singapore also well represented.

Ultimately, the best country to study economics needs to be a place you want to live in, as well as offering an economics program that meets your needs.

Best universities to study economics

Economics programs are offered in many universities across the globe, and there are also plenty of specialist schools of economics you can apply to. When trying to work out the best university to study economics, think about:

  • The content of the program curriculum and the course structure
  • If there are any internship or year abroad options
  • How well is their economics program ranked or regarded
  • What social activities and sports the university offers
  • The location of the university - is it in a vibrant city or a leafy campus?

Consider these factors and do your research before you apply. Always try and apply to more than one university to improve your chances, but only apply to places you’d be happy living and studying in.

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Economics study abroad programs

You can study economics abroad at all levels including associate, foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate.

At undergraduate level, you can study economics as a BSc or BA over three or four years at undergraduate level. BA options often focus more on the social impacts of economics, and BSc programs involve more maths and statistics, however the differences are normally quite small.

If you’re a graduate, you can study a master’s in economics after completing a bachelor’s degree. It’s usually expected that you have a bachelor’s in economics in order to study a master’s, however you can often be accepted if your degree is in a related subject.

To study a PhD, which can last for four or five years depending on the program and country, you’ll need to have completed a master’s in economics.

Economics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in economics

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    Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness/Economics - BComm University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,952 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 FJD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Economics - BSc (Hons) Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,989 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Economics - BSc (Hons)
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    Agricultural Business & Economics - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,202 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,202 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
    Show program overview about Agricultural Business & Economics
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    Economics - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about BSc (Hons) Economics (with Foundation Year option)
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    Economics - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,458 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,458 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about BA Economics

Associate in economics

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    Economics - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,538 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,415 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
    Show program overview about Associate of Arts Degree in Economics
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    Business: Economics - ASc CIS - The College For International Studies, Spain

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,122 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,440 EUR

    Start date
    May, September, January
    Show program overview about Business: Economics
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    Economics - ADT Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,440 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,440 USD

    Start date
    June, August, February
    Show program overview about Economics
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    Economics - AA Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,655 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
    Show program overview about Economics
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    Economics - AA Columbia College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,948 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,550 CAD

    Start date
    May, September, January
    Show program overview about Economics

Diploma in economics

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    Data Analytics and Economics - PBcDip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,805 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Data Analytics and Economics

Pathway in economics

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    Business, Economics & Finance - FD University College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,646 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Business, Economics & Finance, International Foundation Year
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    Business, Economics, Accounting and Real Estate (Foundation leading to Economics and Politics MA) - UGP University of Aberdeen, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,951 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,550 GBP

    Start date
    September, November, January
    Show program overview about Business, Economics, Accounting & Real Estate, Foundation
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    Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance - UGP Durham University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    30,383 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, November, January
    Show program overview about Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance (International Foundation Year)
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    Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance (Accelerated International Foundation Year leading to Accounting BSc - Hons) - UGP Cardiff University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    22,154 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,500 GBP

    Start date
    March
    Show program overview about Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance, Accelerated International Foundation Year
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    Management and Economics (International Foundation Year) - UGP Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,914 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,100 GBP

    Start date
    September, November, January
    Show program overview about Management and Economics (International Foundation Year)

Economics graduate programs

Master's in economics

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    May, June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April
    Show program overview about Arts (Thesis): Economics
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    Economics - MA University of Nebraska Omaha, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,281 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,281 USD

    Start date
    May, August, January
    Show program overview about Economics, MA
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    Economics - MA Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,943 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,010 NZD

    Start date
    July, November, February
    Show program overview about Economics
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    Construction Management and Economics - MSc (Research) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Construction Management and Economics
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    International Affairs Policy and Analysis: Economics and Finance - MA American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,596 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about International Affairs Policy and Analysis: Economics and Finance

Doctorate in economics

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    Construction Management and Economics - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,395 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, April
    Show program overview about Construction Management and Economics
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    Economics - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    May, June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April
    Show program overview about Economics
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    Economics - PhD Middle Tennessee State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,172 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,172 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Economics
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    Economics - PhD University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,859 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Economics (PhD)
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    Economics and Finance - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,811 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
    Show program overview about Economics and Finance

Diploma in economics

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    Science: Economics - PGDipSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,130 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Science: Economics

Pathway in economics

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    Business, Economics and Finance - PGP Kaplan International College London: Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    29,509 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,310 GBP

    Start date
    July, September, January, March
    Show program overview about Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s
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    Business, Economics and Finance - PGP Kaplan International College London: City, University of London, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    29,509 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,310 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, March
    Show program overview about Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s
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    Business, Economics and Finance (Pre-Masters) - PGP Glasgow International College (at the University of Glasgow), UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    33,902 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,780 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s
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    Business, Economics and Finance - PGP Kaplan International College London: University of Westminster, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    30,877 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,390 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, May
    Show program overview about Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s
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    Business, Economics and Finance - PGP University of Liverpool International College, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    30,383 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, October, January, April
    Show program overview about Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s

Entry requirements to study economics abroad

To study economics in another country you’ll need to meet the university’s entry requirements. The requirements will be unique to each university and program, but here are the basics you’ll need:

  • To have completed secondary education in your home country with satisfactory grades - some programs ask for good maths and economics grades, but many don’t specify the subjects
  • A personal statement that outlines your interest in the economics
  • Good English language proficiency test scores
  • Academic references or a letter of recommendation
  • A bachelor’s degree in economics or a similar subject to study a master’s

For more help and advice on the application process, read our guide on how to study abroad.

Future economics careers

Getting a degree in economics opens up a huge number of potential career opportunities, especially when you’ve studied abroad. Popular careers for economics graduates include:

  • Economist
  • Market research analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Risk analyst
  • Accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Account manager
  • Management consultant

Check each program to make sure the content and curriculum match your career aspirations. Choose a program that will help you get the job you want after graduation.