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Study economics abroad

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

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.

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
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 Business & Economics - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    May, August, January
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    Applied Mathematical Economics - BSc University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,890 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,890 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Philosophy, Politics and Economics - BA State University of New York at Oswego, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,627 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,627 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Applied Science - Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Economics Concentration - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    International Relations & Development Studies: Economics - BA (Hons) University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,016 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,346 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in economics

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    Business and Economics - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Economics - 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, June, January
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    Economics - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,065 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    May, January, September
    Show program overview about Economics
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    Economics - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    June, August, February
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    Economics - AB 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
    January, September, June, April
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Certificate in economics

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    Construction Economics - Cert Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,496 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Economics - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,365 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    May, September
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    Economics Education - Cert California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in economics

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    Economics & Finance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,942 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Economics graduate programs

Master's in economics

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    Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,851 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics
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    Agriculture: Agribusiness Economics - MSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Health Economics - MSc Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,851 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Health Economics
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    Economics - MSc University of Oulu, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,281 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Construction Management and Economics - MSc (Research) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,563 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    18,890 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    March, December, November, October, September, June, May, April
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    Economics - PhD University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,577 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,493 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Economics / Finance - PhD Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,661 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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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
    10,624 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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    Economics, Finance & Marketing - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,342 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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Diploma in economics

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    Economics - PGDip/MSc Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma/Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,894 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,237 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Global Banking and Economics - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,365 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Pathway in economics

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    Economics (Conversion), Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,765 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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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.