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Study general studies abroad

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

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 study abroad programs

General studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in general studies

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    Ethnic Studies: General Studies - BA California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    General Studies - BGS University of Nebraska at Kearney, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,900 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,900 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    General Studies - BGS Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,724 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,724 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    General Studies - BSc Trinity Western University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,748 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,260 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - BIS Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 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
    Annual tuition fee
    17,049 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    9,422 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,422 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    General Studies - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    General Studies - ASc Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,811 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,559 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    General Studies - ASc Trine University, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,576 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,576 USD

    Start date
    August, October, January, March, May
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Diploma in general studies

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    Business Administration: General Studies (Kelowna Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,513 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May, July
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    Business: General Studies - Dip NorQuest College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,167 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,023 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    General Studies - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,049 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    General Studies - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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Certificate in general studies

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    First Nations Interdisciplinary Studies - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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General studies graduate programs

Master's in general studies

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    Developmental Psychology (Interdisciplinary Studies) - MA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,863 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,880 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,880 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,100 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - MIS Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,562 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,562 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - MFA University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,666 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in general studies

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    Interdisciplinary Studies - PhD University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,209 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,058 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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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.