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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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    Computer Information Systems - Geospatial Science - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Health Promotion and Science - BSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - Earth System Science - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Science Biotechnology - BSc (Hons) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,300 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Nutrition Science - BSc Lees-McRae College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,490 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in general science

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    Agribusiness Science and Technology-Agronomy - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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    Applied Science - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,760 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    General Science - ASc Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,383 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Liberal Arts - Health Studies and Science Specialization - ASc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,870 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science (General Science) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in general science

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    Paramedical Science - UGDip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,600 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Diploma of Science - Dip (Sc) University of Western Australia, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    29,990 AUD
    Start date
    February, June, October
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    General Arts and Science - University Transfer (Diploma) - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Science - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,383 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Computing Science - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in general science

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    Science - Cert MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    5,500 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Foundation Studies: Science, Engineering and Health - Cert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    25,500 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    General Arts and Science - Technology - Cert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    0 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes - OCCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, July, September
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    Farrier Science - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    10,720 CAD
    Start date
    September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    20,190 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September, October
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    Science, Engineering and Computing (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Sports Coaching Science - FdSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 GBP
    Start date
    September, February
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General science graduate programs

Master's in general science

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    Global Sustainability Science - MSc 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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    Life Science Informatics - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Science for Sustainable Development - 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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    Science (Applied Chemistry) research - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,600 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Science Communication - MAppSc University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    33,890 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in general science

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    Laboratory and Clinical Science - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Mechanical Engineering Science - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Big Data Science - PhD University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Science of Advanced Materials - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,300 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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    Science - Research - PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in general science

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    Pharmaceutical Science - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    31,516 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Mathematics and Science Teaching - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 CAD
    Start date
    September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    19,280 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Applied Science - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    14,749 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Secondary Science with Biology - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Secondary Science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    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 University of Sheffield, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,600 GBP
    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Nottingham, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science, Pre-Masters - PGP Lancaster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    7 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,350 GBP
    Start date
    -
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Glasgow, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Science and Engineering - Pre Masters - PGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    January, May
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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.