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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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    Education: Primary and Early Years and Creative Computing - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,129 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Dance, Emphasis in Dance Education - BA University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,928 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,928 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Care and Education - BA (Hons) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,735 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Development and Education – Education: Pre-Kindergarten-Primary (PK-3) - BSc University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,478 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Education: Secondary Education - BSED University of Vermont, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    41,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 41,280 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
    Show program overview about Education: Secondary Education
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Associate in education

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    Education - Paraprofessional/Autism - AASc 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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    Elementary Teacher Education (for Transfer) - AA Berkeley City 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, January, June
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    General Education - AA National University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,320 USD

    Start date
    July, September, January, April
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education (History/Social Studies) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Education - AA South 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
    September, January, April, June
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Diploma in 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
    12,101 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,233 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,033 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Job Education and Training - UGDip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    5 months
    Annual tuition fee
    428 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 545 CAD

    Start date
    February, September
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    Professional Special and Inclusive Education (eLearning) - Cert/Dip Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate/Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,096 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,500 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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Certificate in education

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    Early Childhood Care & Education - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,356 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,010 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Education Assistant - Cert Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,177 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,961 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Education: School Readiness - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Adult Basic Education - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,417 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Professional Special and Inclusive Education (eLearning) - Cert/Dip Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate/Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,096 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,500 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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Pathway in 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
    14,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,063 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    6,679 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    18,340 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,340 USD

    Start date
    -
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Education graduate programs

Master's in education

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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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    Education: Early Years Pathway - MA University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,742 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Education: Secondary Education Specialization - MEd University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,548 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Education: Leadership - MSEd Keiser University, USA
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,912 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Education and Learning - Dual MAE University of Turku, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,129 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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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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    Professional Doctorate in Education - EdD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Education - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,686 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,880 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Education - PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,083 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Education - EdD Seattle Pacific University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,604 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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Diploma in education

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    Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,502 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Education (Early Childhood) - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,425 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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    Education - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,875 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,430 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Arts Education and Community Engagement - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,203 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Education in Academic and Practice Settings - PGCert Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,899 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,328 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,129 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, 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