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Study Finance abroad

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

Finance degrees abroad

Finance degrees focus on a combination of skills and knowledge needed to enter the finance industry. Studying for a finance degree abroad means the opportunity to learn in a country or city known for its finance industry.

Finance is taught across the world at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels. It can often be linked with accounting or business in a single degree, for example as a bachelor of science in accounting and finance.

At some universities or business schools vocational exams are available to take, helping people in financial careers to progress at work.

Finance is a popular degree option among international students. Studying this subject means you are likely to have a strong support system around you as other international students are in the same situation; there will be many students adjusting to living and learning in the country and university you choose.

Finance program structure

A bachelor’s in finance abroad will take between three and four years, with a master’s in finance taking between one and two years of study.

Most of your time studying for a finance degree will be spent learning from books, practical experience using computer software, lectures, and personal study time, with opportunities to discuss your learning in seminars and work groups. Some universities may also have rooms to simulate a trading floor.

The structure and content of a finance program will change depending on the country and the university you are studying in. Some of the modules or electives that may count towards a finance degree will surround topics such as:

  • Investments
  • Financial planning
  • Insurance
  • Commercial banking
  • Trading
  • The future of finance

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Finance study abroad programs

Finance undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in finance

  • MAHSA University Logo

    Islamic Finance MAHSA University, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 6,600 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, April
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  • Fisher College Logo

    Management (Finance) Fisher College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 31,992 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Bay Atlantic University Logo

    Economics and Finance Bay Atlantic University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,900 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
    Show more details about Economics and Finance
  • Long Island University Post Logo

    Business Administration - Finance Long Island University Post, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 35,736 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
    Show more details about Business Administration - Finance
  • IFM University Logo

    Banking & Finance IFM University, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 29,000 CHF
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, April, October
    Show more details about Banking & Finance
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Pathway in finance

  • University of Sussex Logo

    Finance and Accounting - International Year One University of Sussex, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 17,200 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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  • Leeds Beckett University Logo

    Business Management with Finance (Foundation) Leeds Beckett University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 10,900 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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Diploma in finance

  • Centennial College Logo

    Business Administration – Finance Centennial College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,531 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Logo

    Business Administration (Finance) - Year 2 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,102 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, September
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  • Fanshawe College Logo

    Business - Finance Fanshawe College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,922 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year 2 months
    • Start date September
    Show more details about Business - Finance
  • Durham College Logo

    Finance – Business Durham College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 14,907 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years 4 months
    • Start date September
    Show more details about Finance – Business
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Finance graduate programs

Master's in finance

  • Bay Atlantic University Logo

    MBA in Economics & Finance Bay Atlantic University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 18,000 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • IFM University Logo

    International Finance IFM University, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 32,500 CHF
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 10 months
    • Start date January, April, October
    Show more details about International Finance
  • Geneva Business School Logo

    International Management - International Management Geneva Business School, Switzerland

    • Tuition fees per year 33,900 CHF
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year 6 months
    • Start date February, September
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  • Arizona State University Logo

    Public Administration (Public Finance) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 53,651 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, August
    Show more details about Public Administration (Public Finance)
  • Northeastern University Logo

    Finance Northeastern University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 48,000 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Pathway in finance

  • University of Glasgow Logo

    Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s University of Glasgow, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,480 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • Northeastern University Logo

    Finance (Global Pathways) Northeastern University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,200 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 4 months
    • Start date March, July, November
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,620 GBP
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Surrey Logo

    International Corporate Finance, Pre-Masters University of Surrey, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,500 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, September
    Show more details about International Corporate Finance, Pre-Masters
  • Durham University Logo

    Business Economics Accounting and Finance, Pre-Masters Durham University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,905 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 3 months
    • Start date January, September
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Doctorate in finance

  • RMIT University Logo

    Economics, Finance & Marketing RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 34,560 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about Economics, Finance & Marketing
  • University of Stellenbosch Logo

    Development Finance University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    • Tuition fees per year 143,910 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January
    Show more details about Development Finance
  • London South Bank University Logo

    Accounting and Finance London South Bank University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,780 GBP
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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  • Yasar University Logo

    Finance Yasar University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 5,500 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
    Show more details about Finance
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Certificate in finance

  • RMIT University Logo

    Finance RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 19,200 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Newcastle Logo

    Applied Finance University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 18,345 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July, September
    Show more details about Applied Finance
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Diploma in finance

  • University of Stellenbosch Logo

    Development Finance University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    • Tuition fees per year 173,060 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January
    Show more details about Development Finance
  • North Island College Logo

    Business Administration - Accounting and Finance North Island College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 14,790 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
    Show more details about Business Administration - Accounting and Finance
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Future finance careers

Graduating with a finance degree means there are many career opportunities available to you. You are not limited to working in the country you studied in, and every country has a financial industry.

Some of the jobs international students with finance qualifications go on to do include:

  • Actuary
  • Accountant
  • Analyst
  • CFO
  • Investment banker
  • Financial advisor
  • Financial planner

Every industry and sector need finance specialists to work for them, so you are not limited to the finance industry.