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Study environmental studies abroad

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

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Environmental studies degrees abroad

Environmental studies degree programs address the social and scientific issues facing our environment. It can be similar to an environmental science program but covers a broader range of topics including politics, economics and human behavior.

Issues surrounding climate change are more important than ever, so be able to understand the problems our environment is facing is an important and useful skill to develop. Environmental studies programs are most commonly found in the US and Canada, but it’s possible to study it in other countries too.

Studying environmental studies in another country is a great way to see and experience different environments. Many programs include fieldwork and excursions, which means you can get out and see and study the issues facing the local environment for yourself.

Environmental studies program structure

In many North American universities, you can study environmental studies as part of a liberal arts bachelor’s degree. You can choose to major in the subject, or it can be studied as a concentration of another degree, like geography.

Environmental studies is available as a BA or BSc over three of four years of study. There is little difference between the two qualifications, but the BSc will usually include more science-based modules. In some countries, like the UK, environmental studies is not commonly offered, but you can study environmental sciences which covers many of the same topics.

At postgraduate level, you can study an MA or MSc in environmental studies over two years. It’s also possible to study for a PhD for up to five years, but this will usually be in a specific area of the subject.

A lot of learning on an environmental studies program will take place in lectures and seminars, but you will also spend time out in the field and doing practical work. Assessment will mainly be through assignments, essays, project work and written exams, but this will vary depending on your precise program.

The program content of every environmental studies course will be unique, and most will include optional or elective modules you can choose to tailor your degree. Here are some of the course subjects many programs will cover:

  • Environment and society
  • Environmental policy
  • Human geography
  • Managing the environment
  • Ecosystems and ecology
  • Research methods
  • Global environmental issues

Types of environmental studies degrees

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Environmental studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in environmental studies

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    Earth and Environmental Studies - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
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    January, May, August
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    Applied Climate Science - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
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    January, June, August
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    Environmental Studies - BA/BGS/BSc University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
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    January, June, August
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    Environmental Studies - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,928 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Studies - BSc University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,478 USD
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    January, May, August
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Diploma in environmental studies

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    Indigenous Environmental Studies - Dip Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
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    Tuition fees per year
    23,529 CAD
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Certificate in environmental studies

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    Applied Earth & Environmental Studies - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,794 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Environmental studies graduate programs

Master's in environmental studies

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    Geography Resource & Environmental Studies - MA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Studies - MA Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,588 USD
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    Environmental Studies - MES Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,406 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Environmental Studies - MSc University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,548 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Climate Justice - MSc Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,980 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Future environmental studies careers

Many environmental studies graduates aim to work in a conservation or environmental role, but the skills you’ll learn will be transferable to a range of other careers too. Some of the roles you could consider after graduation include:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Fundraiser
  • Conservation manager
  • Secondary education teacher
  • Sustainability specialist
  • Policy adviser
  • Ecological consultant

You can boost your employability during your time at university by getting involved in student clubs and organizations, especially those that are related to the career you want to pursue.

Most universities have career services who can help you work out what career path is right for you. They can assist with your CV, and help you find appropriate placements or graduate roles.