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Study exercise physiology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying exercise physiology as an international student.

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Exercise physiology degrees abroad

Exercise physiology is a fast-paced area of study that looks at how human athletic performance can be monitored and improved.

By enrolling in an exercise physiology degree, you’ll develop the theoretical knowledge, practical experience and professional skills needed to gain a competitive edge in the field. You’ll get to grips with various measurement tools and use them to examine the effects of exercise on the human body. You’ll also explore how nutrition and rehabilitation programs can be tailored to optimize performance.

There’s no better way to learn about the international sports and leisure industry than by experiencing it first-hand. Not only does studying overseas mean you have a wider range of courses to choose from, but you’ll also make discover new places and make lasting memories.

Exercise physiology program structure

You can study physiology at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. BSc programs are studied over three or four years. The duration of your course will depend on your university, country of study, and whether you choose to participate in an additional 12-month industry placement.

If you’ve chosen the US as your study abroad destination, your undergraduate degree will take four years to finish. In line with the liberal arts model, you’ll spend two years taking general education courses, before focusing on physiology-specific classes in the final half of your program.

Once you’ve got a bachelor’s degree in your pocket, you might want to extend your knowledge and boost your career prospects with a postgraduate qualification. An MSc can be studied over one or two years, while a PhD normally takes between five and six years of work.

As an exercise physiology student, your schedule will mainly consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory sessions and practical workshops. Your progress will be assessed through a mixture of exams, written coursework, presentations and research projects.

Thanks to the wide range of elective modules on offer, exercise physiology programs can easily be tailored to reflect your interests and ambitions. However, most courses will introduce students to these fundamental topics:

  • Physiology of sports performance
  • Human anatomy
  • Human biochemistry
  • Laboratory techniques in exercise physiology
  • Gerontology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition, energy and metabolism
  • Chemistry of exercise
Exercise physiology program structure

You can study physiology at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. BSc programs are studied over three or four years. The duration of your course will depend on your university, country of study, and whether you choose to participate in an additional 12-month industry placement.

If you’ve chosen the US as your study abroad destination, your undergraduate degree will take four years to finish. In line with the liberal arts model, you’ll spend two years taking general education courses, before focusing on physiology-specific classes in the final half of your program.

Once you’ve got a bachelor’s degree in your pocket, you might want to extend your knowledge and boost your career prospects with a postgraduate qualification. An MSc can be studied over one or two years, while a PhD normally takes between five and six years of work.

As an exercise physiology student, your schedule will mainly consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory sessions and practical workshops. Your progress will be assessed through a mixture of exams, written coursework, presentations and research projects.

Thanks to the wide range of elective modules on offer, exercise physiology programs can easily be tailored to reflect your interests and ambitions. However, most courses will introduce students to these fundamental topics:

  • Physiology of sports performance
  • Human anatomy
  • Human biochemistry
  • Laboratory techniques in exercise physiology
  • Gerontology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition, energy and metabolism
  • Chemistry of exercise

Alternative physiology degrees

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Exercise physiology study abroad programs

Exercise physiology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in exercise physiology

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    Exercise Physiology - BA Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,715 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Exercise Physiology - BSc Drury University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,100 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Exercise Physiology - BSED Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,544 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,544 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology) - BSc High Point University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,996 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,996 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology - BSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Exercise physiology graduate programs

Master's in exercise physiology

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    Clinical Exercise Physiology - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,803 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,600 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Clinical Exercise Physiology - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,318 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Exercise & Sport Studies Exercise Physiology - MSc William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,454 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Exercise Physiology - MSc Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,300 USD

    Start date
    August, May
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    Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology and Nutrition - MSc California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Future exercise physiology careers

As the global sports and leisure industry continues to grow, there’s an increasing demand for passionate and knowledgeable exercise physiology graduates.

Beyond the sports sector, your expertise will be highly valued across fields such as education, healthcare, and government.

Example career paths pursued by recent graduates include:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Sports performance analyst
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports research scientist
  • Sports science technician
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Personal trainer

If you’re looking for some extra help working out what path is right for you, arrange an appointment with your university’s career service. They’ll help sharpen your CV, secure work experience and improve your interview techniques.