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Study leadership abroad

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

Leadership degrees abroad

Leadership is a broad field of study that analyzes how leaders operate in a range of social and cultural contexts. It looks at topics including power, ethics and mobilization.

As a leadership student, you’ll develop a detailed understanding of leadership as both a behavior and a relationship. You’ll examine theories and models of leadership, applying them to a variety of organizational settings.

Studying abroad will help to uncover your leadership potential. By immersing yourself in a new country and culture, you’ll hone your skills in adaptability and resourcefulness. You’ll also gain a global perspective by observing how the dynamics and responsibilities of leadership vary between different groups and locations.

Leadership program structure

Leadership is an academic field that is quickly growing in interest and popularity. It can be studied as a certificate program, BA, BSc, MA or PhD.

Undergraduate programs typically last between three and four years, whereas a master’s would take between one and two years to complete. You can also study leadership as a PhD which usually takes between four and seven years to finish.

In the US, you can select leadership as a major or minor component of your bachelor’s degree. You’ll allocate a certain number of credits to your leadership studies alongside completing your general education.

Leadership is a far-reaching discipline, so the exact content and structure of programs will vary depending on your university. You’ll usually be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and independent study.

You’ll likely be assessed mainly through written coursework and practical delivery, but exams and presentations may also feature.

Here’s a list of core modules which appear in most leadership programs around the world:

  • Approaches to leadership
  • Leadership and development theories
  • Leadership issues and dilemmas
  • Attributes of productive leaders
  • Making strategic decisions
  • Conflict management
  • Promoting organizational change
  • Organizational systems and group dynamics

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Leadership study abroad programs

Leadership undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in leadership

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    Organizational Management and Business Leadership - BSc Manhattanville College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,750 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,750 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Leadership in Health Care - BSc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,870 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Hospitality Leadership - BSB DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Marketing - Sales Leadership - 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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    Recreation Management & Leadership - BA 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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Diploma in leadership

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    Business - Leadership & Management (Level 6) - NZDip Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,500 USD

    Start date
    January, July
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    Business Administration - Leadership and Management - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,005 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Pathway in leadership

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    Business Management with Leadership (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,966 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Leadership graduate programs

Master's in leadership

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    Hospitality Leadership in Universities and the Public Sector - MA London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,470 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    International Management Creative Leadership - MA SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,728 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,000 EUR

    Start date
    October, March
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    Leadership and Management - MA University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Management, Strategy and Leadership - MSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,921 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,150 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Organizational Management and Leadership - MBA New Jersey City University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,000 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in leadership

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    Community College Leadership - EdD New Jersey City University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,000 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Instructional Leadership - EdS University of West Alabama, USA
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,680 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Instructional Technology and Leadership - EdD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,112 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration: Concentration in Strategic Leadership in 21st Century - DBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 USD

    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    P-20 & Community Leadership - EdD Murray State University, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in leadership

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    Business Administration - Leadership and Management - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,022 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Strategic Management & Leadership - GDip C3S Business School, Spain
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    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,080 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    Applied Leadership - PGDip Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,000 USD

    Start date
    January, July
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    Leadership and Organizational Excellence - PGDip University of California, Riverside Extension, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,200 USD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in leadership

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    Instructional Leadership - GradCert University of West Alabama, USA
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,444 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,444 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Leadership - GradCert Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    3,707 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,700 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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    Leadership and Human Capital - PGCert Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,000 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Leadership - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,555 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,555 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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Pathway in leadership

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    Sports Leadership (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,200 USD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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Future leadership careers

Global employers are always keen to find individuals who can successfully manage and mobilize teams. You’ll be prepared to lead by example in a multitude of roles, including:

  • Police or probation officer
  • Human resources manager
  • Project manager
  • Sales manager
  • Teacher
  • Politician
  • Coach

Employers will often ask for evidence of your leadership capabilities besides your degree, such as leading a student society or club. It’s also a good idea to seek out some work experience in a company or team that you can see yourself heading up one day. Most universities will have a careers service to help you secure these opportunities.