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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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    American Studies - Popular Culture and Media Studies - 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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    Arts, Media and Culture - BA Trinity Western University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,495 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,260 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Digital Media and Communications – Sports Media and Communications - BA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,274 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,840 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Business (Marketing Communications Media) - BSc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,890 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,890 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Journalism and New Media - BA University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,411 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,913 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Associate in media

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    Print Media - ASc 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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    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, January, June
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Diploma in media

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    Screen and Media - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,975 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,000 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Digital Marketing & Social Media (Montreal Campus) - Dip Trebas Institute, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,231 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,200 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Makeup for Media and Creative Arts - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,125 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,244 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Social Media Marketing - Dip Canadian College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,204 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Journalism – Mass Media/Journalism - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,913 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,157 CAD

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,113 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Media Fundamentals - Cert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,716 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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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, January, June
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    Design 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
    January, August
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    Communications and Media Fundamentals - Cert Centennial College, Canada

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

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in media

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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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    Creative Media Technology (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,829 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, 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
    25,305 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,600 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Media, International Year One - UGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,863 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,130 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,305 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,720 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Media graduate programs

Master's in media

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    Music and Media - MMus University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,958 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Electronic Media Management - MA Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,300 USD

    Start date
    May, August
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    Global Media and Management - MA Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,067 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    October
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    Media and Communication - MA Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,727 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Social Media and Web Technologies - MSc Linnaeus University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,512 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 155,000 SEK

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in media

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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
    January, August
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    Media Studies - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,935 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, June
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    Music and Media - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,958 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,444 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Film, Media and Communication - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,088 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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Diploma in media

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    Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,877 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,112 CAD

    Start date
    September
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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
    23,494 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,450 AUD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,975 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,000 AUD

    Start date
    July
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Certificate in media

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    Advertising – Media Management - 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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    Advertising - Media Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,993 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
    19,075 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,270 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,278 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,660 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,380 CAD

    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
    21,033 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,460 GBP

    Start date
    January, July, August, September
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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
    12,176 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,950 GBP

    Start date
    April
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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
    15,509 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, May
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    Media and Communications, Pre-Master’s - PGP Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,999 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.