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Study media abroad

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

Media degrees abroad

Media is an exciting and constantly evolving sector that impacts nearly all aspects of our lives, covering everything from television and cinema to social media and blogs. By studying media or media studies abroad you’ll examine how it influences and reflects society, as well as gaining creative and practical skills for a career in the industry.

Media is a broad subject that can cover a huge number of areas including journalism, communication, broadcast, marketing, PR, advertising and many more. It’s possible to study a degree that focuses on each of these specific subjects, or you can study a joint honors program like communication and media or film and media.

You can study media all over the world, and choosing to attend a university abroad means you’ll get to choose from the best programs. You will also get a unique perspective on how the media works in another country that could give you an advantage when you look to start your career.

Media program structure

You can study media at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with some universities offering doctorate degrees in certain fields. At bachelor’s level, you will study over three or four years to earn a BA, or if you go to a US liberal arts college you’ll study media as a major or minor subject.

At master’s level you are able to study media as a stand-alone subject, and it is usually offered as an MA. Some universities offer research based master’s programs you can study, known as an MRes (master of research). Most master’s programs will take one or two years to complete, and a PhD can take up to six years of study.

Some programs let you add an extra year that you can spend working in industry gaining valuable experience. Most modules will be delivered through lectures, small group seminars, workshops and practical production sessions. Common assessment methods include essays, oral presentations, portfolios and exams.

The exact program structure and content of each media or media studies program will be unique to each university, but there are some common subjects and modules you can expect to study, including:

  • International journalism
  • Visual media
  • Filmmaking
  • Production studies (TV and radio)
  • Understanding audiences
  • Public relations
  • Media ethics
  • Mobile media cultures
  • Online storytelling

Types of media degrees

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Media study abroad programs

Media undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in media

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    Media and Communication Management - BA
    Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    42 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,000 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    Communication and Media Studies - Journalism - BA
    Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Film (Film and Media Studies) - BA
    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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    Art - New Media Arts - BFA
    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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    Emerging Media Arts - Cinematic Arts - BFA
    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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Pathway in media

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    Media and Film Studies - International Year One - UGP
    University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,600 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Media Studies, International Year One - UGP
    University of Lincoln, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,910 USD
    Start date
    January, September, October
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    Media, International Year One - UGP
    Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,130 GBP
    Start date
    January, October
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    Creative Media Technology (Foundation) - UGP
    Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Media and Communications, International Year One - UGP
    Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,720 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in media

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    Screen and Media - Dip
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    22,000 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media - Dip
    Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,112 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    International Art, Design and Media Intensive Course - Dip
    Arts University Bournemouth, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in media

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    Media Foundation - Cert
    Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Communications and Media Fundamentals - Cert
    Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Media Fundamentals - Cert
    Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,907 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Media graduate programs

Master's in media

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    Media and Communication Management - MA
    Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    12,800 EUR
    Start date
    October
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    Library & Information Science: School Library Media Specialist - MSc
    Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Liberal Studies (Film and Media Studies) - MLSt
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,918 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Media - by coursework - MCom
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,640 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Digital and Social Media Marketing - 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 media

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    Accelerated Communication and Media - Dual BSc/JD
    New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's/Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,693 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Media and Communications - PhD
    University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Music and Media - PhD
    University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in media

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    Screen and Media, Advanced Diploma - PGDip
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    22,000 AUD
    Start date
    July
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    Journalism, Media and Communications - PGDip
    University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    30,450 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in media

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    Media and Digital Literacy - PGCert
    Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    23,588 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Advertising - Media Management - PGCert
    Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Lifestyle Media - 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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    Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media - OCGCert
    Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,380 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in media

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    Business, Media and Social Sciences - Pre Masters - PGP
    University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 USD
    Start date
    January, May
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    Global Media and Management, Pre-Masters Program - PGP
    Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    8,950 GBP
    Start date
    April
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    Media and Communications, Pre-Master’s - PGP
    Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,230 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Art, Design and Media, Pre-Master’s - PGP
    University of Brighton, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,460 USD
    Start date
    January, July, August, September
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Future media careers

There are a huge number of areas you can work in as a media graduate. Although most students will look to start a career in a media industry, the skills you’ll learn will be transferable to many different sectors.

Some of the most popular careers for media studies graduate include:

  • Broadcast journalist
  • Media researcher
  • Advertising media buyer
  • Public relations officer
  • Social media manager
  • Media producer (TV, film, video etc)
  • Presenter
  • Copywriter

If your program offers internships, use this opportunity to get experience in the industry and to make some useful connections. If you’re unsure exactly what you want to do after graduation, use the university’s career services for advice and guidance.