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Study mental health abroad

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

Mental health degrees abroad

The struggles of individuals with mental illnesses and emotional disorders are increasingly recognized around the world. By studying a mental health program, you’ll learn how to diagnose and care for people facing a wide range of conditions, including depression, eating disorders, addiction, and schizophrenia.

You’ll learn how to create a supportive and therapeutic relationship with patients, identify their needs, and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment or therapy for them. Most of all, you’ll gain the skills required to help people bring about positive change in their lives, see hope for the future, and move towards lifelong recovery.

Studying and working in the mental health sector means that you’ll encounter patients from a diverse pool of countries, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Therefore, studying abroad in new surroundings is a fantastic opportunity to develop the cultural awareness and sensitivity needed to be an effective mental health professional.

Mental health program structure

You can study mental health at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.

A two-year associate degree will give you a broad introduction to the field and prepare you for entry-level jobs, or progression onto a bachelor’s program. A BSc usually takes between three or four years of full-time study to complete. You might be required to spend a year on placement or abroad as part of your program.

Once you’ve finished your BSc, you can go on to study a master’s over one or two years. After this, you’ll have the opportunity to study a PhD which takes about five years to finish.

Mental health programs are structured around theory and practical application. You’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, hands-on laboratory sessions, seminars, and workshops. Most courses will also require you to spend time learning in local hospitals and mental health facilities.

You’ll be assessed through a combination of exams, presentations, coursework, practical assessments, and clinical examinations. You’ll complete a dissertation in your final year of study which will account for a significant percentage of your overall grade.

The exact content of mental health programs differs between universities due to the range of electives that you can choose from. However, here are some of the core areas of study that you’ll find on most courses:

  • Foundations of mental health and wellbeing
  • Knowledge and skills for professional practice
  • Contemporary issues in mental health
  • Mental health in children and young people
  • Research and development in care for older people
  • Understanding addiction
  • Psychological interventions
  • Principles of prescribing

How to study mental health abroad

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Mental health study abroad programs

Mental health undergraduate programs

Certificate in mental health

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    The Beautiful Mind: Global Perceptions of Mental Health - Cert Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 month
    Tuition fees per year
    1,150 EUR
    Start date
    July, August
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    Mental Health Counseling (Non-Teaching) Certification - Cert Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Bachelor's in mental health

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    Nursing - Mental Health - BSN University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,820 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Nursing (Mental Health) - BSN University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Nursing: Mental Health - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,480 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Nursing (Mental Health) - BSN 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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    Nursing Studies (Mental Health) - BSN Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in mental health

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    Counselling & Mental Health (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Mental health graduate programs

Master's in mental health

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    Clinical Mental Health Counseling - 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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    Mental Skills and Mental Health in Sports and Exercise - MSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,992 EUR
    Start date
    January, September
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    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - MSN Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Clinical Mental Health Counseling - MSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,588 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Counseling, Clinical Mental Health - MA Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,300 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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Doctorate in mental health

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    Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - PhD Fairfield University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    47,650 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in mental health

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    Nursing: Mental Health (NMC Registration) - GDip Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in mental health

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    Addictions and Mental Health - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    26,550 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Addictions and Mental Health - PGCert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,589 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future mental health careers

The opportunities are greater than ever for graduates looking to begin a rewarding and successful career in the field of mental health. With your degree, you’ll have the knowledge, skills, and empathy necessary to work in roles supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of others, including:

  • Psychiatric nurse
  • Psychiatrist
  • Art therapist
  • Clinical or counseling psychologist
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Clinical social worker
  • Mental health counselor
  • Dramatherapist

For most of these roles, you’ll need to earn a postgraduate qualification before you can practice. If you’re unsure of the steps you’ll need to take to secure your dream job, your university’s career service will be able to offer professional advice and guidance.