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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
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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    Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) - BS 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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    Childhood Education and TESOL - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) - BA Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Adolescent Education - BSc/BA Manhattan College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,560 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,560 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Agricultural Education: Teaching - 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
    Show program overview about Agricultural Education: Teaching
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Associate in education

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    Career and Technical Education - ASc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Education - AAT St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Childhood Education and Family Studies - ASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Christian Education - ASc Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Elementary Teacher Education - 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
    August, June, February
    Show program overview about Elementary Teacher Education
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Diploma in education

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    Early Childhood Care & Education - UGDip Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,363 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,033 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Early Childhood Care and Education: Infants and Toddlers - UGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,585 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,570 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Education Assistance - Dip (with placement) Canada College Vancouver, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    11 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,214 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,588 CAD

    Start date
    September, March
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    Education/Technological Education - Dual Dip/BEd University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma/Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,984 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Education/Technological Education
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    Paralegal Education - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,255 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
    Show program overview about Paralegal Education
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Certificate in education

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    Adult Basic Education - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,524 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Adult Basic Education
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    Early Childhood Care & Education - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,569 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,065 CAD

    Start date
    September, March
    Show program overview about Early Childhood Care & Education
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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
    Show program overview about Economics Education
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    Education Assistant - Cert Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,306 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,961 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Education Assistant - Cert Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,891 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,893 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in education

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    Education: Early Years and Primary - FdA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,157 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,850 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Education: Early Years and Primary
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    International Year - Education - UGP Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,340 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,340 USD

    Start date
    -
    Show program overview about International Year - Education
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    Physical Education with Outdoor Education (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Primary Education - FdA Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,731 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
    Show program overview about Primary Education
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Education graduate programs

Master's in education

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    Technology Education (Grades K-12) - MSEd State University of New York at Oswego, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,065 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,065 USD

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Technology Education (Grades K-12)
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    Childhood Education - MST Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,380 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,380 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Childhood Education
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    Adult and Higher Education - MEd Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,588 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Adult Continuing Education - MSc University of West Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,494 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,494 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Public Health Education and Promotion - MPH Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Public Health Education and Promotion
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Doctorate in education

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    Adult and Community Education - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,659 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Adult and Community Education
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    Developmental Education - Learning Support - PhD/EdD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Developmental Education - Learning Support
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    Counseling, Education Specialist - EdS University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,752 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,752 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Education - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,464 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,880 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Education
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    Education - PhD University of the Incarnate Word, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,280 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in education

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    Education - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,278 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    February, January, July, June, April
    Show program overview about Education
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    Education (Early Childhood) - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,194 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,840 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
    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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,660 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in education

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    Arts Education and Community Engagement - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,144 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Education - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,747 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,430 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
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    Education - PGCert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,139 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,741 GBP

    Start date
    January, July, June, April, February
    Show program overview about Education
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    Education Studies - GradCert Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,282 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Secondary Religious Education - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,270 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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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