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Study environmental science abroad

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

Environmental science degrees abroad

A degree in environmental science is designed to give you an understanding of both natural and human environmental problems. You will explore biological and geographical perspectives of the environment, with a focus on real world issues like food security, climate change, energy security, pollution and natural hazards.

You can expect to get your hands dirty, as most environmental science programs put an emphasis on practical experience and transferable skills. Local and overseas field trips, lab work, and work placements play an important role in many courses.

By studying environmental science abroad, you’ll get the chance to see different environments first hand. There are programs available all over the world at all degree levels, so you won’t be short of options when looking to study environmental science overseas.

Environmental science program structure

An undergraduate degree in environmental science is usually offered as a BSc, and will take between three and four years to complete. This will vary based on the country you are studying in, or if the program includes a placement year, or a year of study abroad.

Many universities, especially in the UK, offer an MSci which is a four or five year undergraduate degree that combines a bachelor’s and master’s program. If you already have an undergraduate degree in a related subject, you can study an MSc as a separate program over one or two years.

PhD doctorate degrees are also available, and can be studied in environmental science, or a more specialized area focussing on subjects like soil, atmosphere or geology. PhD programs can take several years to complete, and the length of time will depend on whether you study part or full time.

The exact program structure and content of an environmental science program will depend on several factors including the university you study at, and the level of degree you choose. Programs will include core modules you have to study, and a range of electives you can choose yourself. Here are some of the most common modules you will study:

  • Diversity of life
  • Geoscience and Earth history
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Global ecology
  • Global environmental issues
  • Plant sciences
  • Research methods
  • Physical geography
  • Microbiology

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Environmental science study abroad programs

Environmental science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in environmental science

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    Public and Environmental Health - BHSc Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,089 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,513 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Chemistry and Environmental Science - Dual BSc (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,403 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,000 GBP

    Start date
    January, February
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    Biology (Environmental Science Specialization) - BSc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,890 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,890 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Biology: Environmental Science - BS University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,740 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Coastal Environmental Science/ Applied Coastal Environmental Science - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in environmental science

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    Environmental Health and Safety - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Science - ASc North Seattle 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, January, April, June
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    Environmental Science - ASc South Seattle 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, January, April, June
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    Environmental Science - ASc College of the Rockies, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,902 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,700 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Environmental Science - AA/ASc 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, January, April, June
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Diploma in environmental science

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    Environmental Health - UGDip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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    Environmental Technology - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in environmental science

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    Environmental Health (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,694 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Environmental science graduate programs

Master's in environmental science

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    Coastal Science - MSc University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Earth & Environmental Science - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,100 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Environmental Health - MSES American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,594 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Health - MSc University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,962 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Environmental Science - MSc University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    30,927 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,310 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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Doctorate in environmental science

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    Coastal Sciences - 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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    Environmental Science - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,955 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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Diploma in environmental science

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    Environmental Technology - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,999 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,334 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Science: Environmental Science - PGDipSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,570 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Future environmental science careers

The aim of all environmental science programs is to give students a range of technical and transferable skills that will help them in their future career. Many graduates look to work in the environment sector, but there are many industries where the skills you’ll learn will be useful.

Some of the careers closely related to an environmental science degree include:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental researcher
  • Conservation manager
  • Waste awareness officer
  • Policy adviser
  • Ecological consultant
  • Teacher

Many graduates can go on to work for local government or environment agencies, but other sectors like IT and finance are also popular. Most universities will have career services who will be able to help you achieve your career goals, or help you work out what your future could look like.