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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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    Technology Education - 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 Early Childhood Education - BSc Long Island University Post, 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
    January, September
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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
    January, September
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    Childhood Education - BA/BSc 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
    January, August
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    Spanish Education - BA Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in education

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    Human Services: Education - AASc Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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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
    January, August
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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, January, March, June
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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, January, May
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Diploma in education

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    Advancing University Studies: Education - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,753 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,016 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Computing (Avail degree from NCC Education) - UGDip C3S Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,121 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, October
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    Early Childhood Care & Education - UGDip Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,772 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,510 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    11,617 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,570 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Education - Dip (Arts) Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,217 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,092 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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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
    8,547 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,606 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,065 CAD

    Start date
    March, 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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    Education Assistant - Cert Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,334 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,961 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Education Assistant - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,327 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,461 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
    12,315 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,850 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    -
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    Teaching & Education (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,167 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,818 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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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
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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
    January, September
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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
    January, August
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    Developmental Education - Literacy - MA 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
    January, August
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Doctorate in education

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    Geographic Education - PhD 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
    January, August
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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
    January, August
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    Education - EdD Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,090 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    January
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    International Education & Entrepreneurship - 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
    January, August
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    Education - EdD Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,640 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,201 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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Diploma in education

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    Arts: Education - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,178 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Education - PGDipEd University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,711 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Education - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,411 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, April, June, July, September, October
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    Education - PGDip Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,590 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,621 NZD

    Start date
    July, November, February
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    Education (Early Childhood) - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,585 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,840 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    13,180 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
    11,409 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,430 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Education Studies - GradCert Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,598 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Education: Educational Practice - PGCert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,206 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,741 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, April, June, July, September, October
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Pathway in education

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    Education, Media and Social Sciences, Pre-Master's - PGP University of York, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,122 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,210 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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