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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
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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    American Sign Language / English Interpreting - 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
    September, January
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    English: Special Emphasis - BA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,338 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,338 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    English - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,688 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,688 USD

    Start date
    January, September, May
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    Composite Communication / English - BSED Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,724 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,724 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Creative Writing (English) - BA University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Associate in english

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    English - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,098 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    May, January, September
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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
    August, June, February
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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, June, August
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    English - AA Seattle Central 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, June, April, January
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    English - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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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
    4,852 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,068 CAD

    Start date
    September, April, January
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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
    4,997 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,250 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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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
    January, August
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    College Preparatory English (ELLA) - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,060 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,080 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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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, June, January
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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
    15,079 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    English as a Second Language - ESL (Pathway) - UGP Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,323 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,158 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,598 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 CAD

    Start date
    April, October, July, January
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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
    October, September, August, June, March, February, January
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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
    September, May, January
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English graduate programs

Master's in english

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    Adult, Professional, and Community Education (Adult English as a Second Language) - 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
    August, January
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    Education Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,064 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Education: English as a second language / English language learner - MEd Saint Martin's University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Education: Teaching English as a Second Language 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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    English - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,880 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,880 USD

    Start date
    September, March, January
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Doctorate in english

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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
    August, January
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    English - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,260 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,298 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    English Pedagogy: Teaching Writing - DA Murray State University, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    18,399 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Secondary English with Media - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,569 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
    13,219 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
    14,582 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 - PGP Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,043 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.