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Study merchandising abroad

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

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Merchandising degrees abroad

Merchandising is a vibrant and exciting discipline that combines elements of art, advertising and business. Most merchandising programs are closely linked to the fashion industry, and often incorporate elements of fashion buying and textile science.

As a merchandising student, you’ll develop strong business acumen, covering areas like accounting, finance, HR and marketing. You’ll learn how to interpret and forecast trends in the industry and often get the opportunity to learn on the job in real-world placements.

Merchandising is an international discipline where global trends can play a huge role. By studying merchandising abroad, you’ll get to experience firsthand how fashions and consumer attitudes vary in different countries, at the same time as broadening your personal horizons and having the adventure of a lifetime.

Merchandising program structure

Merchandising is offered a range of degree levels including undergraduate and postgraduate. It is possible to study diploma or certificate programs, but a bachelor’s is the most common undergraduate degree.

It’s possible to study for a BA or BSc in merchandising over three or four years. There is little difference between the two programs, but the BSc may include more business and finance modules.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and want to expand your knowledge or improve your employability, you can study for a master’s in merchandising. MAs in merchandising are rare, and will often be focussed in a specific area like fashion promotion.

As a student, your days will mostly be made up of lectures and small-group seminars, and you’ll also be expected to spend a lot of time doing independent study. What you’ll study will be unique to each university, but there are some core areas most programs will cover, including:

  • Introduction to merchandising
  • Marketing and management
  • Brands and branding
  • Understanding consumers
  • Sustainability
  • Supply chain management
  • Business finance
  • Human resource management

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Merchandising study abroad programs

Merchandising undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in merchandising

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    Apparel Merchandising - BSc Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,544 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,544 USD

    Start date
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    Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management (Apparel Merchandising Option) - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising - BSc Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,551 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Design, Merchandising and Textiles Option - BA University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,570 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,570 USD

    Start date
    May, September
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    Fashion and Interior Merchandising - BA/BSc Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,860 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,860 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in merchandising

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    Apparel Design and Merchandising - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Fashion and Textile Merchandising - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,720 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in merchandising

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    Visual Merchandising Arts - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,071 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,902 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Visual Merchandising, Diploma - UGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,637 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,500 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in merchandising

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    Apparel Design and Merchandising - Cert College of Alameda, 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
    January, August, June
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Merchandising graduate programs

Master's in merchandising

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    Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology - MSc 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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    Merchandising and Consumer Studies - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future merchandising careers

Many merchandising programs are designed to prepare you for an exciting career in the fashion industry. However, you will also develop a range of transferable skills in communication, business, and analysis that all employers value.

Some of the most popular careers for merchandising graduates include:

  • Fashion buyer
  • Retail merchandiser
  • Brand manager
  • Creative director
  • Merchandising manager
  • Fashion director
  • Product developer
  • Advertising executive

If you need help working out exactly which career path is right for you, make use of your university’s career services. They’ll be able to guide you through your options and help you make the right decision.