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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

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

  • Greenville University Logo

    Physical Education Greenville University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 27,580 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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    Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education Long Island University Post, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 35,736 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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    Secondary Education (Chemistry) (West Campus) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,834 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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    Special Education University of Kentucky, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,050 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Vermont Logo

    Education: Art Education University of Vermont, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 41,280 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Top-Up in education

  • University of Hull Logo

    Education and Early Years University of Hull, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 14,000 GBP
    • Program type Top-Up
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Pathway in education

  • Leeds Beckett University Logo

    Physical Education (Foundation) Leeds Beckett University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 10,900 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Lynn University Logo

    International Year - Education Lynn University, USA

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

  • St. Francis Xavier University Logo

    Adult Education St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 0 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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    Paralegal Education Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,412 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January
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  • Centennial College Logo

    Early Childhood Education (Progress Campus) Centennial College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,531 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Fanshawe College Logo

    Early Childhood Education Fanshawe College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,922 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 11 months
    • Start date January, March, April, May, July, August, October, November
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  • Durham College Logo

    Early Childhood Education Durham College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,067 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years 4 months
    • Start date September
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Associate in education

  • Mount Aloysius College Logo

    Early Childhood Education Mount Aloysius College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 21,870 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Goodwin College Logo

    Early Childhood Education Goodwin College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,888 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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Certificate in education

  • North Island College Logo

    Human Services - Educational Assistant / Community Support North Island College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 14,975 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 10 months
    • Start date January, May, July, September
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  • Northern Lights College Logo

    Education Assistant Northern Lights College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 8,421 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year 4 months
    • Start date September
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  • Stenberg College Logo

    Early Childhood Education Stenberg College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,500 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 10 months
    • Start date April, September
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Education graduate programs

Master's in education

  • Long Island University Post Logo

    Special Education & Literacy Long Island University Post, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 44,100 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date
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  • Arizona State University Logo

    Secondary Education (Teacher Certification) (West Campus) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 24,318 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May
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  • Linköping University Logo

    Outdoor and Sustainability Education Linköping University, Sweden

    • Tuition fees per year 19,000 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Teaching Practice (Primary Education) - by coursework RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 27,840 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Dundee Logo

    Education (Nursery/Early Education) University of Dundee, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 6,195 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years 6 months
    • Start date September
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Certificate in education

  • Vrije Amsterdam Summer School Logo

    Qualitative Health (Education) Research Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    • Tuition fees per year 1,150 EUR
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 month
    • Start date July, August
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  • University of Newcastle Logo

    Education University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 15,430 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July, September
    Show more details about Education
  • Glasgow Caledonian University Logo

    Education in Academic and Practice Settings Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 4,328 GBP
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Central Arkansas Logo

    Special Education, K-12 University of Central Arkansas, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 9,648 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • Bath Spa University Logo

    Secondary Physical Education with EBACC Bath Spa University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,300 GBP
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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Diploma in education

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    Education (Early Childhood) RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 27,840 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July
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Doctorate in education

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    Education RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 26,880 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Stirling Logo

    Education University of Stirling, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 0 GBP
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Texas State University Logo

    Mathematics Education Texas State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,164 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Southern Mississippi Logo

    Music Education University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 10,770 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Central Michigan University Logo

    Educational Leadership Central Michigan University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,300 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date May, August
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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