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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
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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    American Studies & History - BA York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,750 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    English and History - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,700 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Ancient and Medieval History and Culture - BA (Hons) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,609 EUR

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    History - BA University of Massachusetts, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,649 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
    Show program overview about History
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    History - BA (Hons) Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Associate in history

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    History - AA South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    April, September, January, June
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    History - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,383 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    May, January, September
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    History - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, February
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    History - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    History - AA Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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Certificate in history

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    Natural History and Resources - Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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Pathway in history

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,900 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September
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History graduate programs

Master's in history

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    Architectural History, Research and Writing - MA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,250 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture - MA University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,650 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, October
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    The History of Africa and the African Diaspora - MA University of Chichester, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about The History of Africa and the African Diaspora
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    History - MA University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,548 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about History
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    History - MA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    27,900 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,300 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February, October
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    History - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, May
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    History - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about History
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    History - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about History
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Diploma in history

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    Environmental History - PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,549 EUR

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Environmental History
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Certificate in history

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    Secondary History - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,300 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Secondary History
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Pathway in history

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    History, Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    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.