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

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Liberal arts degrees abroad

Liberal arts typically refers to the study of natural sciences. humanities, social sciences, and arts. Liberal arts programs are incredibly broad, giving students a fantastic opportunity to amass a wealth of knowledge and skills across several disciplines.

The study of liberal arts can be traced right back to ancient periods, and the subject has developed greatly over centuries. As a liberal arts student, you’ll gain a fascinating insight into how the past has shaped modern society.

Studying liberal arts abroad is a fantastic way for students to gain a deep understanding of the subject. You’ll have the chance to delve into a country’s culture, history, language, and literature, paving the way for a truly authentic experience.

Liberal arts program structure

Liberal arts can be studied at bachelor's, master’s, or PhD levels. Many universities allow students to study liberal arts as a sole subject, some even offer combined programs, allowing you to study it alongside another subject, like philosophy or sociology.

At undergraduate level, a liberal arts degree usually takes three or four years to complete. Some programs offer placement years, allowing students to work or study overseas.

Postgraduate liberal arts programs are largely offered as an MA, they generally last around one to two years. Once you have a master’s qualification, you’ll be eligible to study a PhD course if you wish to, which are around three to five years long,

Liberal arts content is largely taught in the form of lectures, workshops, and seminars. Assessment methods usually involve coursework, presentations, and exams, but may differ between universities.

The topics you’ll study will depend on the modules you choose, however, typical liberal arts modules include:

  • Classics
  • Languages
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Anthropology
  • Mathematics

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Liberal arts undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in liberal arts

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    Biology - Liberal Arts - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,186 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,186 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Physics and Liberal Studies - BA Oglethorpe University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,300 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Liberal Arts: Political Science - BILA International College of Liberal Arts, Japan

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,937 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 1,596,000 JPY

    Start date
    April, September
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    Liberal Arts - Classical Civilization - BA 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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    Liberal Arts and Sciences - BSc Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,400 USD

    Start date
    January, August, October
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Associate in liberal arts

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    Liberal Arts - AA College of Alameda, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences - AA Berkeley City 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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    Liberal Arts - Humanities and Social Science Specialization - AA Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,870 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Liberal Studies - ALS Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Liberal Arts: Multi-Cultural Studies - 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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Diploma in liberal arts

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    Liberal Arts - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,924 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Liberal Arts - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,213 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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Certificate in liberal arts

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    Liberal Arts: Inter-segmental General Education Transfer - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Liberal Arts: Intersegmental General Education (for Transfer) - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Liberal arts graduate programs

Master's in liberal arts

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    Liberal Studies - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,320 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Liberal Arts - MA University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,025 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Liberal Arts - MA Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,513 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Liberal Studies (Film and Media Studies) - MLSt Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,918 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,918 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Liberal Studies - MA University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,548 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in liberal arts

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    Liberal Arts - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,053 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future liberal arts careers

A liberal arts degree is highly sought after in many industries, thanks to the multitude of transferable skills the qualification can bring. Many liberal arts graduates go on to work in politics, museums, public relations, education, and media.

Skills from liberal arts qualifications are extremely useful in the following roles:

  • Statistician
  • Archivist
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Social worker
  • Publicist
  • Writer
  • Economist

If you know what job you want, it’s a great idea to gain work experience alongside your studies to develop your skills and boost your employability. Many universities have career centers to help you find jobs, internships, and volunteering opportunities.