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Study education abroad

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

Education degrees abroad

Education degrees predominantly focus on teaching, which can open up many opportunities and occupations to international students. The more specific a degree you choose the more focused on a particular career it will be, especially if it is aimed towards a particular country’s education system.

Some institutions specialize in teaching and training qualifications, and may be referred to as teaching colleges, however many universities have teaching programs alongside their other academic courses.

Education program structure

The program curriculum of an education qualification will depend on exactly the type of degree a university offers. Many qualifications that would allow you to become a qualified teacher are country and even state specific, so you need to know exactly what the content of the program is before applying.

If you are studying teaching from a purely academic angle then you will focus on research into pedagogy. However, most education focused degrees will require a large amount of practical learning and research, including placements for real teaching experience. These can include specialist areas of teaching for specific groups such as:

  • Elementary education
  • Early years education
  • Adult education
  • Teaching English as a foreign language
  • Special education
  • Coaching

Types of education degrees

Education focused degrees are available at all levels of study. As part of a liberal arts bachelor’s you would have the opportunity to major or minor in a particular area of education for example elementary education. This is the same for any university that follows the liberal arts model of tertiary education.

In the UK you can study education as a bachelor’s degree by itself, and be prescribed and choose a mixture of modules in the different fields of education.

Postgraduate levels of education study can fall into either an MSc or MA master’s qualification. PhDs in education are often for those teaching who want to further research in the subject of pedagogy, and complete a large thesis. This is different to an EdD which is a more practical qualification for those who want to further their professional teaching careers.

Why study education abroad

If you have career aspirations to be a teacher of any kind, then a degree in education could be a good starting point to gain the skills and knowledge you need. You’ll learn techniques and methods of teaching, as well as how to teach specific groups of people.

However, the benefits of studying for an education degree go beyond simply wanting to be a teacher. It may simply be that pedagogy is an area that you are interested in, and want to research. In this case a degree in education could give you many transferable skills for other careers.

Where to study education abroad

Where you decide to study abroad will be determined by the country, a university’s program, and your personal goals. As every country's teaching requirements vary, if you study for an education degree it doesn’t necessarily mean that upon graduation you are a qualified teacher in that country.

Best countries to study education

Some countries are renowned for their education systems, and as such will be able to provide high quality teaching for education qualifications. Some of these countries include:

  • Finland
  • UK
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Denmark

Best universities to study education

Specialist education and teaching colleges exist, and may be able to offer you the exact program you are looking for.

It’s worth considering if there are any notable academics or theories of study you are interested in researching further. Some universities won’t offer specific modules in what you may want to study or may be specialists in that particular area.

If you are looking for practical experience as part of your program, this is another thing to check if a university offers. The city you are studying in could be where any placements are located, so the local school system may play a part in your decision making.

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Education study abroad programs

Education courses abroad are available across the world and in a variety of specialist subject areas. You’ll also find qualifications at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels.

Universities or teaching colleges can also offer specific qualifications that enable you to teach in that country or state. Unlike other qualifications it’s important to understand how a qualification fits in with your career if you are looking to train as a teacher, or progress further in the profession.

Education undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in education

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    Spanish Education - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education - BSc 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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    Education - BA 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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    Education - BA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,700 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Health Education and Health Promotion (Downtown Phoenix Campus) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,434 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Pathway in education

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    Physical Education with Outdoor Education (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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    Education: Early Years and Primary - FdA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,850 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Primary Education - FdA Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,900 GBP
    Start date
    September, February
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    International Year - Education - UGP Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    18,340 USD
    Start date
    -
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Diploma in education

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    Paralegal Education - Dip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Education Assistant - Dip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Tuition fees per year
    4,893 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Care & Education - Dip Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,033 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in education

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    Education Assistant - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    10,720 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Care & Education - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,010 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Education Assistant - Cert Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Tuition fees per year
    8,421 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Associate in education

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education (English) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Education graduate programs

Master's in education

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    Music Education - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Music Education - MM Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Outdoor and Sustainability Education - MDid Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,000 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Teaching Practice (Primary Education) - by coursework - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,840 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Education (Nursery/Early Education) - MEd University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    30 months
    Tuition fees per year
    6,195 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in education

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    Education - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,880 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Public Policy - Education policy - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,899 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Education - PhD University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Education
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    Developmental Education - Developmental Literacy - EdD/PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Developmental Education - Developmental Literacy
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    Music Education - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in education

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    Education (Early Childhood) - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    27,840 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Education (Early Childhood)
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    Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in education

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    Education - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,430 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Education in Academic and Practice Settings - PGCert Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    4,328 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    School-Based Leadership-Adult Education Program Administration - PMC University of Central Arkansas, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,866 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Secondary Religious Education - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Nurse Education - PGCert Missouri Western State University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,800 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Nurse Education
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Entry requirements to study education abroad

Depending on the level and focus of an education qualification, the process for being admitted to a program will vary. Education degree requirements may include:

  • Completion of high school with educational transcripts
  • A CV
  • Sufficient practical experience of teaching
  • Proof of finances
  • A bachelor’s degree for postgraduate study

Future education careers

Your career will depend on the exact academic path you’ve taken and in which specific country. Generally, people who complete a qualification in education may go on to work in the following professions:

  • Early years teaching
  • Elementary school teaching
  • Language teaching
  • Adult education
  • Support teacher
  • Academic in pedagogy