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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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    English - Literature Emphasis - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    English - Literature - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Communication Arts (English and Communications) - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    English (English Language & Literature Track) - BA Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    English (Polytechnic Campus) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in english

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    Equestrian Studies - English Riding - AA University of Findlay, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,330 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Adolescence Education (English) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in english

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    ESL: English for University - Cert Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    -
    Tuition fees per year
    23,529 CAD
    Start date
    -
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    English for Speakers of Other Languages, ESOL - Cert Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    31,120 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    English Pathway - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 months
    Tuition fees per year
    3,000 CAD
    Start date
    September
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English graduate programs

Master's in english

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    English - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - MA TESOL Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,700 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    English Education - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    English Studies - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    English Studies - MA University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in english

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    English - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    English - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    English and Creative Writing - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in english

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    Secondary English - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, 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
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show more details about Teaching English as a Second Language
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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.