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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

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    Islamic Finance - BSc (Hons) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Finance - BBA IFM University, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,000 CHF
    Start date
    January, April, October
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    International Management with Specialization in International Finance - BBA Geneva Business School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,900 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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    Business Administration - Finance Emphasis - BA/BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration - Finance - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

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

Master's in finance

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    International Finance - MBA IFM University, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    32,500 CHF
    Start date
    January, April, October
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    International Management with a specialization in International Finance - MBA Geneva Business School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    33,900 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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    MBA in Economics & Finance - MBA Bay Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Public Administration (Public Finance) - MPA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    53,651 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Finance - MSc Northeastern University, USA

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

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    Economics, Finance & Marketing - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Development Finance - PhD University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    143,910 USD
    Start date
    January
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    Accounting and Finance - PhD London South Bank University, UK

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,500 USD
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in finance

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    Development Finance - PGDip University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    173,060 USD
    Start date
    January
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    Business - Finance - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration - Accounting and Finance - PGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,790 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in finance

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    Finance - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    19,200 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Applied Finance - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    18,345 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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Pathway in finance

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Finance (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,200 USD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    International Corporate Finance, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Business Economics Accounting and Finance, Pre-Masters - PGP Durham University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,905 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Accounting & Finance Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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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.