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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

How to study leadership abroad

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Leadership study abroad programs

Leadership undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in leadership

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    Sport Management: Leadership - BSc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,120 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Tourism: Leadership - BSc University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,100 CHF
    Start date
    September
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    Applied Science (Applied Leadership) - BASc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Marketing - Sales Leadership - 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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    Applied Science - Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Economics Concentration - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Diploma in leadership

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    Business - Leadership & Management (Level 5) - NZDip Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in leadership

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    Senior Police Leadership - Cert Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    -
    Tuition fees per year
    23,529 CAD
    Start date
    -
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Leadership graduate programs

Master's in leadership

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    Business Administration (Strategic Leadership) - MBA Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,678 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Applied Leadership - MSc Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    42,000 USD
    Start date
    January, July
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    Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership (Downtown Phoenix Campus) - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Leadership - MSc Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,705 USD
    Start date
    January, April, July, September
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    Management, Strategy and Leadership - MSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in leadership

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Instructional Technology and Leadership - EdD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,112 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    P-20 & Community Leadership - EdD Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Community College Leadership - PhD New Jersey City University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    30 months
    Tuition fees per year
    21,000 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Instructional Leadership - EdS University of West Alabama, USA | Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,680 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Instructional Leadership
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Diploma in leadership

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    Strategic Management & Leadership - PDip C3S Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,500 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
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    18,200 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Business Administration - Leadership and Management - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,022 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in leadership

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    Leadership and Human Capital - PGCert Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,000 USD
    Start date
    January, May
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    Leadership - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    9,555 USD
    Start date
    August, January, May
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    Business Leadership - GradCert Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    2,700 GBP
    Start date
    September, February
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    Instructional Leadership - GradCert University of West Alabama, USA | Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,444 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Instructional Leadership
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Pathway in leadership

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    Leadership (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Tuition fees per year
    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.