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Study english abroad

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

English degrees abroad

An English degree gives you the opportunity to study the written word in great detail. You’ll analyze a variety of authors, genres and periods to gain an understanding of how language and literature work and how they have changed throughout time.

As an English student, you’ll apply theory and criticism, as well as your own ideas and interpretations, to produce original and insightful writing. You’ll navigate your way through poetry, creative writing, film, publishing, critical theory and linguistics to develop a comprehensive knowledge of English as a subject area.

Writing has the ability to transport you to a different country, culture, or time period. By studying English abroad, you’ll learn directly about the language and literature of other countries, as well as reading texts in the cultural and geographical context in which they were set or written. Alongside strengthening your knowledge of the subject area, you’ll travel, form new friendships and make memories to last a lifetime.

English program structure

You can study English as a BA, MA or PhD. Undergraduate English degrees will give you a solid understanding of the subject area as a whole and will usually take between three and four years to complete. Master’s and doctorate degrees will be structured around a more specific subject area.

Many institutions will also offer joint-honors courses in English. This means you can study English alongside another subject.

If you choose to study in the US, you’ll complete two years of general education before focusing entirely on your English major in your last two years of study.

There are plenty of options for studying English abroad. From England, Ireland and Australia, to Finland, Norway and India, you’ll be sure to find the perfect location for you. But, it’s important to bear in mind that your location of study will have a large impact on the kind of texts you’re likely to study.

Although the exact content and structure of your program will differ according to your university, you’ll typically be taught through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials. You’ll be assessed predominantly through essay-based assignments and exams, but presentations and group projects may also contribute to your grade.

You’ll find the following areas of study in most English programs across the world:

  • Language and linguistics
  • Narrative forms
  • Critical theory
  • Poetry
  • Creative writing
  • Writing throughout history
  • Contemporary literature

Types of english degrees

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English study abroad programs

English undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in english

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    Creative Writing and English - BA (Hons) University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,101 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Education and English - BA (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Education - English - BScEd Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,564 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Education Studies – English (non-certification degree) - BA Midway University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,500 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English (Minor in Public and Professional Writing) - BA High Point University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,996 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,996 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in english

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    English - 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
    February, June, August
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    English - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English (for Transfer) - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    English (for Transfer) - AA San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,162 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Diploma in english

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    English as a Second Language - UGDip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    4,774 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,068 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, September
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Certificate in english

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    English for Speakers of Other Languages: Intermediate - Cert Laney 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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    English as a Second Language - Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Intensive English Program - Cert Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English as a Second Language - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    English for Speakers of Other Languages, ESOL - Cert Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    31,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,120 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in english

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    English with Creative Writing (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Pre-Sessional English Programme - UGP Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,002 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,200 GBP

    Start date
    July
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    REAL Intensive English - UGP Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 months
    Annual tuition fee
    1,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 1,000 USD

    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Intensive English Program - UGP Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, March, June, August, September, October
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    English for Academic Purposes - UGP Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,540 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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English graduate programs

Master's in english

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    English: Professional Writing - MA Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,990 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,990 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English Education - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,318 USD

    Start date
    August
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    English - MA National University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    July, September, January, April
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    English - MA (Research) University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,010 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    English and European Studies - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,570 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in english

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    English - PhD Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,028 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    English Pedagogy and Technology - DA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English and Creative Writing - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,033 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    English - PhD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,112 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,010 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in english

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    Secondary English with Drama - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,328 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Teaching English as a Second Language - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Secondary English - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,146 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,348 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,237 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Pathway in english

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    Pre-Sessional English Programme for Research - PGP Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,002 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,200 GBP

    Start date
    July
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Future english careers

As an English graduate, you’ll have transferable skills that are highly-prized by a range of employers and industries. Your ability to effectively communicate, make reasoned arguments and think critically will serve you well in any of the following careers:

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Author
  • Broadcaster
  • Marketing manager

Employers will often look for evidence of your passion for English besides your choice of degree, so it’s a good idea to take part in extra-curricular activities during your time at university. You could contribute to your university’s student magazine, join the poetry society, or start your own blog.