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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

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General science study abroad programs

General science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in general science

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    Computing Science - BSc University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,963 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Dance Science - BSc (Hons) University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,489 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Education Secondary: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) - BEd Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,939 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    July
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    Engineering Science - BA/BSc Alma College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    42,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 42,352 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Energy Science and Technology - BSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in general science

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Childhood Education (General Science) - 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
    January, September
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    Administration of Justice: Police Science - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    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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    Applied Science - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,094 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,760 AUD

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,963 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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Diploma in general science

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    Computing Science - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,250 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    General Arts and Science - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,248 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,997 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Paramedical Science - UGDip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,600 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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    Science - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Science and Computing Science - Dual ASc/Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,939 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in general science

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    Foundation Studies: Science, Engineering and Health - Cert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,788 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,500 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    General Arts and Science – Liberal Arts UOIT Transfer - Cert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,802 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,487 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    General Arts and Science - OCCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,605 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes - OCCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,087 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, July, September
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Pathway in general science

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    Common Entry into Science - UGP Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,194 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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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 of Sport Performance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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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, March, September, October
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General science graduate programs

Master's in general science

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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
    January, August
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    Regulatory Science - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,318 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Earth Science - MSc University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,857 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,857 USD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Human Movement Science - MSc (Research) Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,567 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,792 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences) - MAppSc University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in general science

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    Earth and Ecosystem Science - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,300 USD

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,839 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,720 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Psychology: Psychological Science - PhD Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,739 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,406 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Rehabilitation Science - PhD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,506 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,506 USD

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,873 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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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
    22,891 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,498 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in general science

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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
    14,962 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,280 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Secondary Science with Biology - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Science - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,445 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,749 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    18,216 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in general science

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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Masters - PGP Durham University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Annual tuition fee
    23,153 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,905 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,613 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, May
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Brighton, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,242 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,510 GBP

    Start date
    June, July
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Glasgow, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,310 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,480 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,150 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.