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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

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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    Economics - BA
    Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,500 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Economics - BA
    Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Economics (Finance) - BSc
    St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Economics and Finance - BA
    Bay Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,900 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Economics - BSc
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Certificate in economics

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    The Economics of Urbanization - Cert
    Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 month
    Tuition fees per year
    1,150 EUR
    Start date
    July, August
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Pathway in economics

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Economics graduate programs

Master's in economics

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    Economics - MBA
    Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    MBA in Economics & Finance - MBA
    Bay Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics - 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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    Economics of Markets and Organisations - MSc
    Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Economics - MEcon
    University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,600 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in economics

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    Economics, Finance & Marketing - PhD
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Economics - PhD
    University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    37,493 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Economics - PhD
    Clark University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,616 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Economics - PhD
    Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Construction Management and Economics - PhD
    London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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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.