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Study music abroad

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

Music degrees abroad

Music is a hugely broad subject that offers a number of specialisms and can cover performance, composition, production and theory. It is a creative subject that will allow passionate students to explore different genres, gain practical skills, and develop their own musical interests.

You can study music at universities, art colleges or a conservatoire, which specialize in performance based study programs. Music programs are available all over the world, so by studying abroad you’ll have a huge number of options to choose from.

Studying music abroad is a popular option for international students because it can mean learning a new approach to music. Every country has it’s own musical traditions and heritage, which can give you a new and unique perspective you wouldn’t get by studying at home.

Music program structure

At undergraduate level you can study for a BA or a BMus (Bachelor of Music) over three or four years. BMus degrees often include more technical modules, with a concentration on performance, and BA programs can be more academic and theory focussed.

It’s possible to study music as a joint honours program with another subject, for example, music and English, or music and technology. If you choose to study at a liberal arts college, you can study music as a major or minor, alongside other subjects.

You can also study music at other levels including certificate, diploma, master’s and doctorate. At master’s level you can study for an MA or MMus over two or three years, and it’s also possible to earn a PhD in music which can take up to six years to complete.

Most music programs are taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials, but you also get individual tuition and workshops to develop your solo performance skills. Most universities give regular performances which you can take part in and some offer field trips to concerts. How you’ll be assessed will differ depending on the module, but they will usually include essays, exams and performances.

Music programs can cover a huge number of areas, genres and techniques, so the structure and content will never be the same, however here are some common modules you could study:

  • Music history
  • Music composition
  • Performance
  • Harmony and harmonic analysis
  • Orchestration
  • Music business
  • Music technology
  • Musicology
  • Music psychology
Music program structure

At undergraduate level you can study for a BA or a BMus (Bachelor of Music) over three or four years. BMus degrees often include more technical modules, with a concentration on performance, and BA programs can be more academic and theory focussed.

It’s possible to study music as a joint honours program with another subject, for example, music and English, or music and technology. If you choose to study at a liberal arts college, you can study music as a major or minor, alongside other subjects.

You can also study music at other levels including certificate, diploma, master’s and doctorate. At master’s level you can study for an MA or MMus over two or three years, and it’s also possible to earn a PhD in music which can take up to six years to complete.

Most music programs are taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials, but you also get individual tuition and workshops to develop your solo performance skills. Most universities give regular performances which you can take part in and some offer field trips to concerts. How you’ll be assessed will differ depending on the module, but they will usually include essays, exams and performances.

Music programs can cover a huge number of areas, genres and techniques, so the structure and content will never be the same, however here are some common modules you could study:

  • Music history
  • Music composition
  • Performance
  • Harmony and harmonic analysis
  • Orchestration
  • Music business
  • Music technology
  • Musicology
  • Music psychology

Types of music degrees

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Music study abroad programs

Music undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in music

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    Music Education: Guitar - BM University of Hartford, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    45,144 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    May, January
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    Applied Music - BA Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Instrumental Music - BME Baylor University, USA

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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - BMus University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Education: Primary and Early Years and Music - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,300 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Associate in music

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    Fine Arts: Music - AFA Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February, September, August, June, January
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    Music - AA Laney College, USA

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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Music - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Music - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,383 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Music (Transfer Pathway) - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in music

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    Music Therapy Studies Foundation - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Music Industry (Sound Production), Advanced - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,500 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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    Music Industry Arts and Performance - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,531 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in music

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    Music Theory - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Music, Introduction to Commercial Jazz Music - Cert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,200 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in music

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    Integrated Foundation of Music and Performing Arts - FD Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,300 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Music graduate programs

Master's in music

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    Music Education - MMus William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Commercial Music - Dual MA/BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's/Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,925 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Community Music - MMus York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,750 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Music Therapy - MMus University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,173 EUR

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Music and Media - MMus University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Music and Media
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Doctorate in music

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    Music - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,950 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Music Education - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in music

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    Music - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    31,516 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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    Music Industry Arts - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,136 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in music

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    Music - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,758 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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    Music Scoring for Screen and Stage - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    30,492 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Secondary Music - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,300 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Future music careers

A music degree provides the perfect training for a wide range of careers both within and outside of the music industry. You will develop a number of transferable skills that employers value, including teamwork, communication and analytical skills.

Here are some of the most popular careers for music graduates:

  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Orchestra musician
  • Music teacher
  • Orchestra administrator
  • Sound engineer/technician
  • Community arts worker
  • DJ

If you’re unsure what career path you want to follow after graduation, you can talk to the university’s career advice service. They can help you work out what roles might best suit you, and guide you on the best way to get your ideal job after graduation.