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Study general science abroad

An in-depth guide to studying general science as an international student.

General science degrees abroad

General science degrees allow students to explore a vast array of scientific disciplines and principles. They’re a great option if your career aspirations require knowledge of more than one scientific field.

As a general science major, you’ll have the flexibility to tailor your program to suit your strengths and interests. As well as taking classes in biology, chemistry, and physics, you’ll have the chance to select more niche topics that align with your goals. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a range of exciting science-related careers.

Not only does studying abroad mean you’ll have a wider range of programs to choose from, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to broaden your cultural horizons and make lifelong memories.

General science program structure

A bachelor’s degree in general science is studied over three or four years, depending on your country and university. General science is an impressive standalone degree, but it’s also a great springboard for further study on professional graduate programs.

Bachelor’s degrees in the US require four years of full-time study and are offered as either a BS or a BA. As a general rule of thumb, BS students take more major-focused classes in science, whereas BA students complete more liberal arts classes alongside their major.

Because general science is such a far-reaching topic, master’s and doctorate degrees aren’t available. You’ll need to narrow your focus and pursue a postgraduate qualification in a more specialized scientific discipline. Master’s courses take one or two years to complete, with PhDs adding another three to seven years on top.

General science programs are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, and laboratory sessions. Program content will be determined by the elective modules you select, but here are some common fundamentals:

  • Introductory biology
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Introductory physics
  • Environmental science
  • Immunology
  • Mathematical and statistical skills for scientists
  • Astronomy and space science
  • Forensic science
  • Microbiology
General science program structure

A bachelor’s degree in general science is studied over three or four years, depending on your country and university. General science is an impressive standalone degree, but it’s also a great springboard for further study on professional graduate programs.

Bachelor’s degrees in the US require four years of full-time study and are offered as either a BS or a BA. As a general rule of thumb, BS students take more major-focused classes in science, whereas BA students complete more liberal arts classes alongside their major.

Because general science is such a far-reaching topic, master’s and doctorate degrees aren’t available. You’ll need to narrow your focus and pursue a postgraduate qualification in a more specialized scientific discipline. Master’s courses take one or two years to complete, with PhDs adding another three to seven years on top.

General science programs are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, and laboratory sessions. Program content will be determined by the elective modules you select, but here are some common fundamentals:

  • Introductory biology
  • Introductory chemistry
  • Introductory physics
  • Environmental science
  • Immunology
  • Mathematical and statistical skills for scientists
  • Astronomy and space science
  • Forensic science
  • Microbiology

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General science study abroad programs

General science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in general science

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    Insect Science - Science option - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Environmental Systems Science - BSc University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,570 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,570 USD

    Start date
    September, May
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    Animal and Diary Science, emphasis in production and management - BSc Eastern New Mexico University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,128 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,128 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Animal, Dairy & Poultry Sciences - Science and Technology - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, August, May
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    Middle Level Science Teacher Education - BScEd University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,960 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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Associate in general science

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    Administration of Justice: Police Science - Cert/AA Merritt College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Agribusiness Science and Technology-Agronomy - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Applied Science - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,016 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,760 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Associate of Science - ASc University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science (Physics) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in general science

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    Computing Science - Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,989 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computing Science - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Diploma of Science - Dip (Sc) University of Western Australia, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,194 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,990 AUD

    Start date
    February, June, October
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    General Arts and Science - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,390 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,997 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    General Arts and Science - Dip (with placement) Canadian College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,668 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,600 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May
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Certificate in general science

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    Administration of Justice: Police Science - Cert/AA Merritt College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Computing Science - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Farrier Science - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Fire Science and Safety - Cert Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    August, June, February, January, September
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    Foundation Studies: Science, Engineering and Health - Cert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,500 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Pathway in general science

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    Science and Arts Pathway - UGP Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    37,016 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,016 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Science and Engineering, Certificate - UGP Aston University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,190 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,190 USD

    Start date
    January, October, September, March
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    Science of Sport Performance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,079 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Sports Coaching Science - FdSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,292 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, September
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General science graduate programs

Master's in general science

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    Applied Science - MAppSc University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    22,814 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,498 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Applied Science - MSc (Research) London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,063 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    October, September, June, May, April, March, February, January, November, December
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    Science (Complementary Medicine) research - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,759 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,720 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Biology - Thesis Science or Geography - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Sustainability Science - MSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Doctorate in general science

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    Big Data Science - PhD University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,782 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computing Science and Informatics - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,063 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    February, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, January
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    Science of Advanced Materials - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,920 USD

    Start date
    August, May
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    Laboratory and Clinical Science - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,759 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,720 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Mechanical Engineering Science - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,784 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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Diploma in general science

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    Applied Science - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,814 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,498 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Energy Science - PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    30,977 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,853 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in general science

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    Applied Science - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,407 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,749 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Integrated Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,911 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,280 AUD

    Start date
    July, September, February
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    Secondary Science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,399 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Secondary Science with Chemistry - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,569 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in general science

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    Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science, Pre-Masters - PGP Lancaster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,234 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,350 GBP

    Start date
    -
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    Science and Engineering - Pre Masters - PGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, May
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    Science and Engineering Pre-Master's Program - PGP University of Aberdeen, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    17,292 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    June, September
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP City, University of London, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,670 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,195 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,490 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Future general science careers

A degree in general science will open up endless career paths and possibilities. Your analytical, investigative, and technical skills will make you an excellent candidate for roles in education, research, healthcare, conservation, and more.

Here are some of the fascinating positions you could land:

  • Biotechnician
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Conservation scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Research scientist
  • Chemical technician

With so many job opportunities available, working out what to do after graduation can be tricky. Your university’s careers office offers free, professional advice, and can even help you to secure some work experience.