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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

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Finance study abroad programs

Finance undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in finance

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    Business Administration: International Finance - BSc Trine University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,560 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,560 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration - Finance Emphasis - BA/BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,186 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,186 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Finance - BComm University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,664 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,535 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Finance - BBus University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,029 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,525 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Accounting and Finance - BA Frederick University, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,068 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,280 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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Associate in finance

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    Banking and Finance - ASc Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Diploma in finance

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    Business Administration: Finance - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,060 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Business Administration: Finance (Co-op) - AdvDip (with placement) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    40 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,417 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,121 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Finance – Business Administration - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,860 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Finance - PBcDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    May, September
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    Finance - Dip (Arts) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,024 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in finance

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    Banking and Finance - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Finance - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, 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
    Annual tuition fee
    24,373 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Accounting with Finance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,446 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Finance graduate programs

Master's in finance

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    Finance - MF University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,449 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,600 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Business Administration: Finance - MBA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,427 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,930 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    General Management: Finance - MA Hanken School of Economics, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 EUR

    Start date
    August
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    Finance - MSc University of Oulu, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,592 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Finance - MSc University of Vaasa, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,592 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in finance

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    Economics / Finance - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,024 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    January, June, September
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    Accounting and Finance - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,527 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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    Economics and Finance - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,982 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
    Show program overview about Economics and Finance
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    Business Administration: Finance and Investments - DBA Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Economics, Finance & Marketing - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,442 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in finance

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    Finance - PDip University of Otago, New Zealand
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,894 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,056 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    Finance – Business - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,860 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Business with Finance - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,602 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, April, June, July
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Certificate in finance

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    Applied Finance - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,567 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,345 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Finance - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,246 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,200 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Pathway in finance

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    Finance (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,200 USD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Business, Law or Finance, Pre-Master’s - PGP Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,748 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,230 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business Economics Accounting and Finance, Pre-Masters - PGP Durham University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,955 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,905 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business, Economics and Finance, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Glasgow, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,187 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,480 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
    Annual tuition fee
    16,296 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, 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.