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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 study abroad programs

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
    Annual tuition fee
    30,634 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,634 USD

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    Economics/Environmental Studies - BA Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

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    Resource and Environmental Studies - BA University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,555 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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    Environmental Studies - BSc University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,478 USD

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    Environmental Studies - BA American University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    50,542 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 50,542 USD

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Associate in environmental studies

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    Environmental Studies - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

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    Environmental Studies - ASOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

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    Environmental Studies - 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

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    Environmental Studies - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,555 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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    Environmental Studies (for Transfer) - AA Portland Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,290 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,290 USD

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Diploma in environmental studies

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    Environmental Studies - Dip (Arts) Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

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    Environmental Studies (Vernon Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,676 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

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    Indigenous Environmental Studies - Dip Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,025 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    10,964 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,559 CAD

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    Environmental Studies - Cert College of the Rockies, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,078 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,700 CAD

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Environmental studies graduate programs

Master's in environmental studies

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    Environmental Studies - MSc 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

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    Environmental Studies - MES Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,895 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,571 NZD

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    Environmental Studies - MES Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,428 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,500 CAD

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    Environmental Studies - MA Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,588 USD

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Diploma in environmental studies

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    Environmental Studies - PGDip Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    26,895 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,571 NZD

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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.