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Study history abroad

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

History degrees abroad

History is the study of events, people, attitudes and beliefs throughout time. As a history student, you’ll be tasked with analyzing the legacies of these episodes and individuals in today’s world.

In most countries across the globe, our modern lives are very different from those of our ancestors. You’ll research various historical periods and topics, formulate questions, and offer answers as to why contemporary society looks the way it does.

One of the best ways to study history is to experience a country’s culture, sites and cities first-hand; that’s why studying abroad is such a great idea. By immersing yourself in the history of another country, you’ll gain a more comprehensive and authentic understanding of the subject.

History program structure

You can study history at associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels of study. At undergraduate level, you can often choose to study history alongside another related subject as part of a joint-honours course.

History is taught across the world so there are plenty of opportunities to specialize in particular areas. However, programs will usually be focused around the history of the country you’re studying in. It’s important to bear this in mind if you’re interested in the history of a specific country.

If you choose to study in the US, you’ll probably select a major in history. The American higher education model outlines that you must first complete two years of general education before specializing in history for the final two years of your program.

Although the exact content and structure of your program will depend on your university, most history courses are delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will probably be assessed through a combination of essays, exams and presentations. Most history programs will cover the following topics:

  • Historical approaches and concepts
  • Why history matters
  • The Middle Ages
  • Making of the modern world 1500-1800
  • Historical warfare
  • Political history

Types of history degrees

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History study abroad programs

History undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in history

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    History - BA 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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    History - 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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    History - BA 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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    History & Political Science - BSc 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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    Secondary Education (History) (Polytechnic Campus) - BAEd Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
    Show program overview about Secondary Education (History) (Polytechnic Campus)
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Pathway in history

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    English & History (Foundation) - UGP Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in history

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    History - 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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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Childhood Education (History) - 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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History graduate programs

Master's in history

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    Music (History & Literature) - 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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    History - MA 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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    History (Research) - MSc (Research) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Natural History Illustration - MA University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,000 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Historical Studies - Public History - MA University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Historical Studies - Public History
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Doctorate in history

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    Arab and Middle Eastern History - PhD American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,900 LL
    Start date
    January, August
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    History - PhD Clark University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,616 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    History - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Comparative and Transnational History - 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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    History - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in history

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    Decolonizing Europe: History, Memory, Redress (with Brown University) - PGCert Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 month
    Tuition fees per year
    1,150 EUR
    Start date
    July, August
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    Secondary History - 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 history

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    Women and Gender History Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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Future history careers

As a history graduate, you will have gained a number of transferable skills that are well-respected by employers. Your ability to research, offer analysis and engage with critical thought will open many doors for you in the world of work, including the following roles:

  • Teacher
  • Civil servant
  • Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Curator
  • Archivist
  • Academic librarian

It’s a good idea to consider improving your employability alongside studying. Most universities will have a career service that can point you in the direction of internship and work-experience opportunities that will strengthen your CV.