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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

Alternative environmental studies degrees

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Environmental science study abroad programs

Environmental science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in environmental science

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    Environmental Biology - BSc 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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    Interdisciplinary Studies - Environmental Science - BSc 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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    Environmental Health & Safety - BSc (Hons) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Environmental Science (West Campus) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,453 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Environmental Science - BEng University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,260 GBP
    Start date
    September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Environmental Technology - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Environmental Technology - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,142 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
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in environmental science

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science (Environmental Science - Biophysical) - 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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    Environmental Health and Safety - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Science - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,440 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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Environmental science graduate programs

Master's in environmental science

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    Earth & Environmental Science - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Environmental Technology - MSc University College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,800 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Environmental Science and Technology - by coursework - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    36,480 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Environmental Science - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    38,825 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Environmental Science - STEM Designated - MSc American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,600 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    16,334 CAD
    Start date
    September
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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.