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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

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English study abroad programs

English undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in english

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    Academic English Studies and Linguistics - BA University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,473 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,280 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Communication Arts (English and Communications) - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,688 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    English - BA Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,870 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    American Sign Language Studies: Interpreting American Sign Language and English - BA University of Connecticut, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,697 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,698 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - BA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,403 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,404 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in english

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    English - ADT Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    English - AA Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,650 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English - AA Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,949 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,168 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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    Advancing University Studies: English - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,033 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,017 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    English - Dip (Arts) Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,640 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

    Start date
    November, February, July
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    English and new media studies - Dip (Arts) Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,221 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,092 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Intensive English Program - DipLang (with placement) ASA College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,109 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,110 USD

    Start date
    November, December, January, February, March, April
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Certificate in english

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    Academic English - ESOL Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    4,571 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,250 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Advanced Study in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - 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
    May, November
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    Teaching English as a Second Language - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,168 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    English - Cert Coquitlam College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,374 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,080 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    English (Academic Purposes) - Cert Red Deer Polytechnic, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,778 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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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
    13,068 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    English for Academic Purposes - UGP Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,292 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    English Foundation Course - FD Kodolányi János University, Hungary

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,485 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,560 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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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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    Intensive English Program - UGP Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    2,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,655 USD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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English graduate programs

Master's in english

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    Arts (Thesis): English - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,313 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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    Curriculum and Instruction: English as a Second Language - MEd Middle Tennessee State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,171 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,172 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English - MA 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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    English - MA Clark University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,423 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,424 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - MA TESOL University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,296 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in english

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    English - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,062 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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    English - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English - PhD Middle Tennessee State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,171 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,172 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    English Pedagogy: Teaching English Language - 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
    April, August, January
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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - EdD Alliant International University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,447 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,448 USD

    Start date
    August
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Diploma in english

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    English - GradDipArts University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,057 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Arts: English - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    English and New Media Studies - PGDip Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,486 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,050 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in english

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    English with Drama and Media Studies - GradCert Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,830 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,854 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, February
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    Secondary English with Drama - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,184 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
    12,093 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    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
    13,341 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,237 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in english

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    Pre-Sessional English Programme - PGP Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 months
    Annual tuition fee
    2,457 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,200 GBP

    Start date
    February, June, October
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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.