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Study logistics abroad

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

Logistics degrees abroad

Logistics refers to the sourcing and delivery of products and services. It’s a subject that blends elements of engineering, procurement, IT, business, and marketing.

As a logistics student, you’ll study the theoretical and practical aspects of successful supply chains. You’ll be challenged to apply what you’ve learned to real-world scenarios by improving the operations and productivity of existing supply chains. The skills you’ll gain in planning, negotiation, management, and distribution will equip you for a successful career in the field, anywhere around the world.

Logistics is a booming area of international business that has undergone rapid global expansion. By studying abroad, you’ll see first-hand how the industry operates across borders, make useful professional connections, and boost your employability. You’ll also grow in confidence and independence as you travel the world and forge new friendships.

Logistics program structure

Two-year associate degrees provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the field of logistics and are a useful stepping stone into entry-level employment or enrollment on a bachelor’s course.

A BSc in logistics is studied over three years or four years, depending on your university and country of study. Most universities will also recommend that you undertake a placement year to gain hands-on industry experience and improve your employability.

If you’re still keen to learn more about logistics after finishing your bachelor’s, you can enroll in a research-based postgraduate qualification. An MSc can be studied over one or two years, depending on if you choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis. After this, you can study a PhD which takes between four and seven years to complete.

Logistics programs are mainly taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and one-to-one tutorials. Some universities will also arrange regular field trips to logistics companies and guest lectures from industry professionals.

Methods of assessment will vary from module to module, but you’ll probably be asked to complete exams, essays, written assignments, presentations, and research projects.

No logistics program will cover exactly the same content because universities around the world offer different specialist elective modules. However, the following core areas of study will feature on most programs:

  • Principles of logistics
  • Logistics of business
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Logistics management
  • Transport and traffic
  • Materials handling
  • Supply chain strategy
  • Supply chain modeling

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Logistics study abroad programs

Logistics undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in logistics

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    Transport and Logistics Business - BBM SMK University of Applied Social Sciences, Lithuania

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,387 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 2,800 EUR

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration - Logistics and Supply Chain Management - BBA Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,566 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) - BBA Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
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    Annual tuition fee
    9,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,600 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration - Operations & Logistics - BSc University of Findlay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,250 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,250 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    International Business Administration: Logistics & International Trade - BBA (with foundation) Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    42 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,766 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,900 EUR

    Start date
    February, March, May, August, October, November
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Associate in logistics

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    Water Distribution - ASc 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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    Global Logistics and Maritime Management - ASc University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    50,378 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 65,293 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in logistics

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    Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics - Cert College of Alameda, 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
    January, August, June
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Logistics graduate programs

Master's in logistics

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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    31,971 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business and Management: Humanitarian Logistics - MA Hanken School of Economics, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,121 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 EUR

    Start date
    August
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    International Logistics & Supply Chain Management - MSc ISM International School of Management, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,677 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,960 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Operations Research and Quantitative Logistics - MSc Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,145 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    International Management - Transport & Logistics - MA IUBH University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,923 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,990 EUR

    Start date
    April, May, October, November
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Doctorate in logistics

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    Supply Chain & Logistics - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,666 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,560 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in logistics

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    Business - Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Co-op) - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,514 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    January, February, May, September
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    Maritime and Logistics Management - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,353 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,155 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Logistics & Supply Chain Management - GDip C3S Business School, Spain
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    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management - PGDip Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,485 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in logistics

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    Supply Chain and Logistics Management - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,814 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,200 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,146 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,726 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Supply Chain Management - Logistics - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Maritime and Logistics Management - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,177 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,078 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Pathway in logistics

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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,924 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, April
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Future logistics careers

Thanks to the increasingly global nature of the field, you’ll have the tools and knowledge to achieve international success and work smoothly across borders. Some of the most popular jobs pursued by logistics graduates include:

  • Logistics manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Procurement executive
  • Supply analyst
  • Distribution manager
  • Inventory planner
  • Purchasing and materials manager
  • Customer demand planner

Employers are always on the lookout for graduates with experience and insight in the sector. As such, it’s a good idea to try and secure a placement or internship with a logistics organization. Your university’s career service can point you in the direction of opportunities and help you approach companies.