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Study general studies abroad

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

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General studies degrees abroad

The interdisciplinary nature of general studies degrees makes it ideal for students with diverse academic interests. Taking classes in an array of fields, including science, humanities, business, and art, means you’ll be prepared for countless exciting careers.

As a general studies student, you’ll have the flexibility to choose modules that align with your personal and professional goals. The research, analytical, and critical-thinking skills you develop along the way will take your employability to the next level.

Not only will studying abroad give you a wider pool of universities and programs to choose from, but it’ll also leave you with unforgettable memories and lasting friendships. It’s an unbeatable way to combine your higher education experience with your desire to explore the world.

General studies program structure

General studies degrees are only offered at the undergraduate level. Two-year associate degrees are a great starting point for individuals who’d like to progress up the academic ladder but are unsure of what subject to specialize in. They’re also a useful springboard into entry-level employment.

Bachelor’s degrees can be studied over three or four years; the exact duration will depend on where you choose to study. The classification of your degree will be determined by the modules you select. For instance, students who take more science-based courses will likely be awarded a BSc, while art and humanities-based options will result in a BA.

In the US, students follow the four-year liberal arts model of education. You’ll take pre-requisite classes in subjects like English and math, before selecting the modules that’ll make up your general studies major.

Teaching methods vary according to the classes you choose. However, lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and labs are commonplace. Some institutions also offer online and after-work classes so that students can fit their education around their existing work and family commitments.

Because it’s such a far-reaching field, the module options on general studies degrees really are endless. Here are some examples of the subjects you might encounter:

  • Literature
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • General science
  • Psychology
  • Politics

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General studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in general studies

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    Interdisciplinary Studies - Environmental Sustainability - 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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    Interdisciplinary Studies - BA Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    General Studies (Polytechnic Campus) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - BA 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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    Interdisciplinary Studies (College of Arts and Sciences) - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,928 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in general studies

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    General Studies - AA 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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    General Studies - AA Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,422 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    General Studies - ASc Trine University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,576 USD
    Start date
    August, October, January, March, May
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies - 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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    General Studies with Honours - AA Montana State University Billings, USA | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,550 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in general studies

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    General Studies - 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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General studies graduate programs

Master's in general studies

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    Interdisciplinary Studies - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - MSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,880 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Disability Studies (Interdisciplinary Studies) - MA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - MIS Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,562 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Future general studies careers

The unlimited career pathways provided by general studies degrees is what makes them so useful. You’ll graduate with a highly-transferable toolkit that you can apply to almost any sector and role.

Although your employment prospects will be boundless, here’s a taste of common graduate destinations:

  • General manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Project manager
  • Copywriter
  • Software consultant
  • Social worker
  • Marketing executive
  • Business administrator

No matter what career path you’ve set your sights on, it’s important to gather some relevant work experience. Your university’s careers office can help you apply for placements with local businesses and organizations.