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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

Types of finance degrees

How to study finance abroad

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Finance study abroad programs

Finance undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in finance

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    Economics and Finance - BA Bay Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,900 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration: Concentration in Finance - BBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,700 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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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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    Management (Finance) - BSc Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 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
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Diploma in finance

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    Accounting and Finance - Dip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,850 CAD
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Business Administration – Finance - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Business Administration (Finance) - Year 2 - Dip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,102 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Finance – Business - Dip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    14,907 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in finance

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Management with Finance (Foundation) - UGP Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Finance, Investment and Risk Pathway - UGP Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    August
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Certificate in finance

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    Finance - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Finance graduate programs

Master's in finance

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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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    International Finance - MBA IFM University, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    33,500 CHF
    Start date
    March, October
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    International Management with a specialization in International Finance - MIM 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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    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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    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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    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 GBP
    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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    Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Liverpool, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,620 GBP
    Start date
    September
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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 GBP
    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 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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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.