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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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    Electronic Media and Mass Communication - BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,929 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Advertising, Social Media and Public Relations - BA Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,600 USD

    Start date
    May, January
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    Communication and Media - BA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Art - New Media Arts - BFA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,800 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Emerging Media – Experimental Animation Track - BFA University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,478 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,478 USD

    Start date
    May, January, August
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Associate in media

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    Film, Television and Electronic Media (for Transfer) - ASc 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, June, January
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    Media Arts - AA San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    New Media Journalism - 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

    Start date
    August, June, February
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Diploma in media

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    Makeup for Media and Creative Arts - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,590 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,244 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Screen and Media - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,628 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,000 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Social Media Marketing - Dip Canadian College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,610 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 CAD

    Start date
    January, October, July, April
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Certificate in media

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    Communications and Media Fundamentals - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,392 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Print Media - Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Introduction to Social Media - 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, June, January
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    Media Foundation - Cert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,486 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Media Fundamentals - Cert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,933 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,432 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in media

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    Art, Design and Media - FD Arts University Bournemouth, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,472 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Creative Media Technology (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,196 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Media and Communications, International Year One - UGP Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,733 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,720 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,930 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,600 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Media Studies, International Year One - UGP University of Lincoln, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,910 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,910 USD

    Start date
    January, September, October
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Media graduate programs

Master's in media

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    Adult Continuing Education: Library Media - MSc University of West Alabama, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,444 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,444 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Digital Communication and Media Arts - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,680 USD

    Start date
    September, March, January
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    Communication and Media Arts - MA University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,454 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,000 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
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    Communication and Media,Media Studies and Practice - MSc Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,320 USD

    Start date
    May, January
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    Electrical Engineering (Art, Media and Eng) - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,118 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Doctorate in media

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    Film, Media and Communication - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,724 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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    Library Media (Certification or Non-Certification) - EdS University of West Alabama, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,680 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Media and Communications - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,361 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    September, June, February
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Diploma in media

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    Entertainment and Media Management - PGDip University of California, Riverside Extension, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,900 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,900 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Journalism, Media and Communications - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,015 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,450 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Screen and Media, Advanced Diploma - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,628 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,000 AUD

    Start date
    July
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Certificate in media

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    Food Media - OCGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,062 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,123 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Advertising - Media Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Journalism: New Media - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,662 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,270 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Media and Digital Literacy - PGCert Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,588 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Secondary English with Media - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,705 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in media

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    Art, Design and Media, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Brighton, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,553 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,460 GBP

    Start date
    August, September, January, July
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    Business, Media and Social Sciences - Pre Masters - PGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,893 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,477 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    18,444 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,230 GBP

    Start date
    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.