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Study kinesiology abroad

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

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Kinesiology degrees abroad

Kinesiology is the academic study of the human body and its movement. It combines concepts and principles from other disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and psychology.

As a kinesiology student, you’ll work towards understanding how movement affects human health and wellbeing. You’ll examine everything from the mobility of elderly people to the performances of elite sports performers. You’ll also put theory into action by practicing hands-on therapies and treatments.

By earning your kinesiology degree abroad, you’ll see how peoples’ perceptions of the human body are influenced by their cultural surroundings. Although the basic mechanics of human movement remain constant across the globe, the way this knowledge is taught and applied differs greatly. You’ll gain a global understanding of the field, explore new locations, and make fantastic memories.

Kinesiology program structure

Kinesiology can be studied as an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree. By studying an associate degree over two years, you’ll have a solid foundation in the subject field. These kinds of programs are a useful stepping stone into entry-level employment or further study on a bachelor’s program.

A BSc is studied over three or four years, depending on where you choose to study. Many universities will encourage you to undertake a placement year so that you can apply what you’ve learned to real-life scenarios.

If you’re still eager to learn more after finishing your bachelor’s, you can choose to enroll in a postgraduate program. After studying a master’s over one or two years, you can progress onto a PhD course which typically takes five years to complete.

Kinesiology programs are usually taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, hands-on laboratory sessions, and one-to-one tutorials. You’ll probably be assessed through a combination of exams, essays, presentations, and practical assessments.

What’s covered on your kinesiology program will change depending on your university and country of study. Each institution will offer different elective modules to reflect its faculty’s interests and strengths. However, most will address the following core topics:

  • Biomechanics
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Principles of rehabilitation
  • Athletic injuries
  • Motor skills development and control
  • Assessment methods for kinesiology

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Kinesiology study abroad programs

Kinesiology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in kinesiology

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    Kinesiology - Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification (Grades K-12) - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Kinesiology—Health and Fitness Specialist - BSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Kinesiology - Movement Science - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,800 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Kinesiology - BSc University of New Brunswick, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,664 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,357 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Kinesiology - BK University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,879 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Associate in kinesiology

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    Kinesiology (for Transfer) - AA Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Kinesiology - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Kinesiology, Sports & Exercise Science - AA South Seattle College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Kinesiology (for Transfer) - AA San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in kinesiology

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    Kinesiology - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,825 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Kinesiology graduate programs

Master's in kinesiology

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    Kinesiology - Sport Psychology - MSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,588 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Kinesiology: Gerontology Specialization - MSc Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,639 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,406 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Kinesiology - MSc Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,536 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Kinesiology - MSc 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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    Kinesiology: Athletic Training - MSc California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Future kinesiology careers

As a kinesiology graduate, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of career paths across the health and fitness sectors. You’ll have the freedom to choose from several roles, including:

  • Athletic trainer
  • Massage therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Physical therapist
  • Physical education teacher
  • Fitness instructor
  • Exercise physiologist

To secure some of these jobs, you’ll need to complete additional qualifications. Arrange an appointment with your university’s career office so that you can discuss the best way to achieve your ambitions.