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Financial Planning degrees abroad

Programs in financial planning teach students how to successfully manage the financial resources of clients. It involves developing and implementing strategies to meet a client’s financial goals.

You’ll study the basic principles of finance and investment closely before building a more specific understanding of insurance, taxation, retirement, risk management, and estate planning. As you practice developing personal financial plans for real-life case studies, you’ll sharpen the quantitative, managerial, and analytical skills so desired by employers.

Since every individual, family, organization, and business around the globe must manage its finances, financial planning is an excellent subject to study abroad. You’ll grow professionally as you learn about international financial practices and global markets.

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Financial Planning program structure

BSc programs in financial planning take at least three years of full-time study, but many universities offer four-year courses including a 12-month industry placement. Sandwich years are a great way to put your first two years of learning into practice and build a professional network.

If you select the US as your study abroad destination, remember that your undergraduate degree will follow the four-year liberal arts model. You’ll take a mixture of liberal arts classes for the first half of your degree, before declaring a major in financial planning at the end of your second year.

MSc programs are available for students looking to dig a little deeper into the field and gain more specialist knowledge. Master’s programs can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Following your MSc, you can enroll in a research-based PhD program which normally lasts between three and six years.

You’ll mainly be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials. Assessment methods vary from module to module, but exams, essays, reports, and financial plans usually feature.

What’s covered as part of your degree will depend on the university you choose and your level of study. However, here’s an idea of core modules that are common to most financial planning programs:

  • Mathematical skills for financial planning
  • Financial regulation and ethics
  • Taxation theory and practice
  • Pensions and retirement planning
  • Tax, estate, and trust planning
  • Fundamentals of banking
  • Principles of investment and risk
  • Financial market analysis

Financial Planning study abroad programs

Financial planning undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in financial planning

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    Accounting: Financial Planning - BABA/BSB Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,742 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,742 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Business: Financial Planning (Tempe Campus) - BA Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,760 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,760 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Business Administration: Financial Planning - BSc Colorado State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,973 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration: Financial Planning - BA California State University, San Bernardino, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,041 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,041 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Business Studies: Financial Planning - BSc Stockton University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,605 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,605 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in financial planning

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    Business Administration: Financial Planning - OCADip Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,891 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,406 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Financial Planning - Dip British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,082 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,807 CAD

    Start date
    January
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Certificate in financial planning

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    Financial Planning - Cert University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,190 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,190 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Financial planning graduate programs

Certificate in financial planning

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    Financial Planning - OCGCert Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,249 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,899 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Financial Planning - OCGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,658 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,463 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Financial Planning - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,498 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Financial Planning - OCGCert George Brown College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,883 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,774 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Accounting and Financial Decision Making - GradCert Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,060 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,060 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Future financial planning careers

A degree in financial planning can pave the way to success across a range of sectors, including banking, business, insurance, and accounting.

Employers will be keen to snap up your numerical, analytical, and problem-solving skills, providing you with several exciting career opportunities. Here are some of the fast-paced and lucrative roles available to graduates:

  • Financial planner
  • Chief financial officer
  • Financial advisor
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial consultant
  • Investment analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Risk analyst

Although earning a degree already boosts your employability, participating in work experience will give you an even better chance of landing your dream job. Speak to your university’s career office about internship opportunities at local banks, wealth management companies, brokerage firms, or any other relevant organizations.