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International Development degrees abroad

International development degree programs examine the major issues facing developing and emerging nations around the globe. You’ll look at a wide range of issues including colonialism, gender, poverty, environment, health and economics, and consider what innovative solutions can be found to tackle development challenges all over the world.

A degree in international development is ideal if you dream of working with organizations in roles like fundraising, campaigning, community development and public affairs. It will give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to make a difference to societies across the globe.

There are international development degree programs available all over the world, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Choosing to study abroad will give you a chance to broaden your horizons, improve your language skills and see how international development is approached in a different country.

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International Development program structure

International development degrees are offered at all levels, including foundation, diploma, bachelor’s and master’s. At undergraduate level, you can study international development as a BA or BSc over three or four years, depending on the university. The difference between the two is usually small, but a BSc program will usually include more technical and scientific modules.

A taught or research master’s in international development will be between one and two years of study, and you can choose between an MA, MSc and MRes. It’s also possible to study for a PhD, which can take up to six years to complete.

International development programs are often offered as joint honor degrees, which means they’re combined with another subject. For example, you can study international development with politics, economics, education or geography.

The program structure and content of each course will differ based on several factors including the university, level of study and type of degree you choose. However, here are some of the study areas and modules you can expect to find on an international development program:

  • International relations
  • International economic development
  • International politics
  • Social and cultural issues in emerging economies
  • Globalization
  • Academic skills and research methods
  • Global environmental issues
  • Global justice

International Development study abroad programs

International development undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in international development

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    International Development and Glolization - BSocSc University of Ottawa, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,717 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,334 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    International Development - BA (Hons) Redeemer University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,589 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,567 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    International Development - BA (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,052 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,100 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Art: Major in International Development - BA Canadian Mennonite University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,979 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,536 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Major in International Development Studies within the 4-year Bachelor of Arts

Diploma in international development

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    International Development - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,710 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Pathway in international development

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    International Relations and International Development, International Year One - UGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,154 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,750 GBP

    Start date
    September, November, January
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International development graduate programs

Master's in international development

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    Anthropology: International Development - MA Colorado State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,058 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,058 USD

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Anthropology (M.A.) – International Development Specialization - Liberal Arts | Western Regional Graduate Program, On-Campus
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    Public Policy: International Development - MA American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,596 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    International Development - MBA ECEMA Business School, France

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,332 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,290 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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    International Development - MID Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,005 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,010 NZD

    Start date
    November, February, July
    Show program overview about International Development
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    International Development: Environment and Development - MA Clark University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    60,350 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 60,350 USD

    Start date
    January
    Show program overview about M.A. in International Development

Diploma in international development

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    International Development - PGDip Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,005 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,010 NZD

    Start date
    November, February, July
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Certificate in international development

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    International Development - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,129 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    International Development (Optional Co-op) - OCGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,780 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,659 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about International Development (Optional Co-op)

Future international development careers

As an international development graduate you will be in demand from a wide range of employers. Some of the roles graduates have gone on to include:

  • Politician’s assistant
  • Project manager
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Local government administrator
  • International relations specialist
  • Fundraiser
  • Economic development officer
  • International aid worker

Many graduates go on to work for charities or in government, but the transferable skills you’ll gain from your degree mean you don’t have to limit your search to careers related to international development.

Make use of any career services offered by the university you choose, as they’ll be able to help you work out what you want to do, and put you on the right path to get there.