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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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    International Logistics Management - BA Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,500 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Business (Global Logistics Management) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management - BBus RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Logistics - BBA University of New Brunswick, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,357 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management - BSc (Hons) University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Associate in logistics

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    65,293 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Supply Chain and Logistics Management - ASc Goodwin University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,888 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Logistics graduate programs

Master's in logistics

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    Global Logistics - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    54,434 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,000 USD
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Business (Supply Chain & Logistics) - MBA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Logistics Management (Advanced) - MBA University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,971 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in logistics

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    Supply Chain & Logistics - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in logistics

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    Maritime and Logistics Management - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    34,155 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Business - Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Co-op) - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    January, February, May, 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
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    19,200 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Maritime and Logistics Management - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,078 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Supply Chain Management - Logistics - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,726 CAD
    Start date
    September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 USD
    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.