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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

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    Chemistry - Liberal Arts - BA/BSc University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

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    Education/ Liberal Studies - Diversified Liberal Studies - BLS University of the Pacific, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    50,370 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 50,370 USD

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    Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies - BSc James Madison University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,150 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,150 USD

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    Interdisciplinary Studies - Liberal Arts - BSIS Auburn University at Montgomery, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,336 USD

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Associate in liberal arts

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    Liberal Arts - AA Merritt College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

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    Liberal Arts - AA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,688 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,688 USD

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    Liberal Arts - AA Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

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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

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Math & Science - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

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Diploma in liberal arts

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    Liberal Arts - Dip University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,558 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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    Liberal Arts - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,558 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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    Liberal Arts - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,286 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

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Certificate in liberal arts

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    Liberal Arts - Cert University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,558 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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    Liberal Arts: CSU General Education Breadth - 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

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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

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Liberal arts graduate programs

Master's in liberal arts

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    Liberal Arts/Children’s Ministry - Dual MA/MLA Dallas Baptist University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,872 USD

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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

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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

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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

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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
    13,370 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

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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.