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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

Types of music degrees

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Music study abroad programs

Music undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in music

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    Music - String - BM Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Music - BA Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,715 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - BMus University of Mount Union, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,700 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Music - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,186 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,186 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Music - BA 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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Associate in music

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    Music - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,081 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Fine Arts: Music - AFA Elgin Community College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,379 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Music Therapy - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Music (for Transfer) - AA Laney 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 music

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    Music Business Administration/Music Business Management - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,022 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Music Therapy Studies Foundation - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,379 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,205 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    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
    16,312 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in music

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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
    11,343 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,200 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Music - Cert Laney 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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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
    20,206 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Music graduate programs

Master's in music

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    Music - MMus University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,002 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,670 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Music - MM Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,007 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Music Education - MM DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,320 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Music (Conducting) - MMus (with foundation) Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,983 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 EUR

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in music

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    Music Education - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Music - PhD Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,023 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,651 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Music - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,711 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in music

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    Music Industry Arts - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,487 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,136 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Music - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,078 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,516 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in music

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    Music Scoring for Screen and Stage - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,358 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,492 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Music - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,539 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,758 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Secondary Music - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,793 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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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.