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Study gender studies abroad

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

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Gender studies degrees abroad

Gender studies is a relatively new and exciting academic field that explores how perceptions of gender shape human behavior and societal norms. It’s an inter-disciplinary subject which draws upon ideas and concepts from other fields, like sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, biology, and law.

You’ll examine definitions of gender and examine how they’ve been constructed and sustained across different countries, cultures, and timeframes. You’ll also study the work of different gender theorists and scholars and challenge their findings. You’ll try to understand why gender inequality still exists and what it would take for equity to be achieved.

The way people perceive gender is heavily influenced by their historical and cultural context. By studying abroad, you’ll be exposed to new gender norms and ideals and will see first-hand how they operate in society. This global perspective will help you to become a more critical, insightful, and empathetic thinker.

Gender studies program structure

It’s possible to undertake a bachelor’s gender studies program, but tracking one down can be difficult. If you do find a BA at a university that interests you, you’ll study for a minimum of three years and gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject area.

It’s much more common to study a bachelor’s degree in social sciences or humanities, before enrolling in a master’s or a master of research (MRes) degree in gender studies. An MA will involve more taught classes, whereas and MRes is structured around more independent research.

The highest postgraduate degree you can pursue is a PhD. This is an original research project that can take anywhere between four and seven years to complete.

Teaching and assessment of gender studies programs will vary from university to university, but you can expect to attend lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials. You’ll probably need to complete exams, essays, presentations, and group projects.

Gender studies is a flexible degree with plenty of room to choose elective modules that reflect your interests. However, here’s a list of core modules that most programs will cover:

  • Gender theories and approaches
  • Sex, gender, and power
  • Feminism
  • International gender politics
  • Gender and contemporary culture
  • Gender relations
  • Family roles and dynamics
  • Fighting prejudice and discrimination

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Gender studies study abroad programs

Gender studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in gender studies

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    Social and Cultural Analysis (Women and Gender Studies) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,453 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Women's and Gender Studies - BA/BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Women's and Gender Studies - BA University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,749 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Gender Studies - BA University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,140 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Gender Studies - BA University of New Brunswick, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,357 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Gender studies graduate programs

Master's in gender studies

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    Women and Gender Studies - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,000 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Gender Studies - MLitt/MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Women's and Gender Studies - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,320 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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Future gender studies careers

The critical thinking, debating, and communication skills acquired during your studies will be highly attractive to employers across a range of sectors. You’ll have the ambition and drive to make a real difference in today’s world. Here are some of the most popular roles pursued by gender studies graduates:

  • Gender consultant and researcher
  • Counselor
  • Social worker
  • HR manager
  • PR executive
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Union representative

If you’re finding it tricky to decide on a career path, arrange to speak with your university’s career service. They’ll help you to narrow down your options and source work experience opportunities.