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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 (Lake Havasu Campus) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,848 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Kinesiology - Coordinated Program - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Kinesiology- Exercise Science - BSc University of Kentucky, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,050 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Health and Kinesiology/ Emergency Medical Services - BSc University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,953 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Kinesiology - Human Movement Science - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in kinesiology

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    Kinesiology - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,304 USD
    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Kinesiology (for Transfer) - AA San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,138 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Kinesiology graduate programs

Master's in kinesiology

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    Kinesiology & Health - MSc University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 USD
    Start date
    May, September
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    Kinesiology - Sport Psychology - MSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,588 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Kinesiology - MSc University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Kinesiology: Gerontology Specialization - MSc Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    11,536 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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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.