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Study philosophy abroad

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

Philosophy degrees abroad

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions relating to the nature of knowledge, morality, values, reality, reason and god. While studying philosophy, you’ll navigate your way through some of life’s trickiest concepts by using research, critical thinking and reasoned arguments.

Philosophy is one of the oldest academic disciplines, having been founded by the ancient Greeks in the 6th Century BC. As a philosophy student today, you’ll be tasked with examining ideas that have perplexed academics for thousands of years, as well as debating more recent critical thought.

We are creatures of habit and products of our environment, that’s why studying philosophy abroad is such a great idea. By immersing yourself in a new culture with differing perspectives, you’ll be challenged to reassess your own worldview so that you become a more experienced, creative and critical philosopher.

Philosophy program structure

As an international student, you can study philosophy at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. At undergraduate level, philosophy can be offered as either a BA or BSc, so it’s important to make sure you choose the course that most interests you.

Philosophy is a far-reaching academic field, so it’s no surprise that elements of it can be found in other programs like English, politics, sociology and history. As such, you can often choose to study philosophy alongside another related subject at undergraduate level.

If you choose to study in the US, you’ll probably follow the liberal arts model and select philosophy as your four-year undergraduate major. This means that you’ll work on your general studies and a few philosophy classes in your first two years, before focusing completely on philosophy in your final two years.

The structure of teaching and assessment will depend on your program and university, but it will usually involve attending lectures, seminars and tutorials, working on group projects, preparing and delivering presentations, writing essays and sitting exams.

The content and structure of every philosophy degree will be different, but most degrees will share core areas of study, including:

  • Ethics
  • Political philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Feminism
  • Ancient philosophy

Types of philosophy degrees

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Philosophy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in philosophy

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    European Philosophy with German - BA University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,547 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Politics, Philosophy and Economics - BA (Hons) University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,970 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,450 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (Philosophy Department) - BSc Juniata College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,770 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Philosophy - BA University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,890 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,890 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Philosophy - BA/BSc Alma College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    42,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 42,352 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in philosophy

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    Philosophy - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,134 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Philosophy - AA Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Philosophy (for Transfer) - AA 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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    Philosophy - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Philosophy - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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Certificate in philosophy

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    Philosophy: Applied Ethics - Cert Dominican University College, Canada
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    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,302 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,120 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Philosophy graduate programs

Master's in philosophy

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    Philosophy - MA Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Modern and Contemporary Philosophy - MA (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, June
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    European Philosophy - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,547 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Philosophy - MPhil (Research) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,061 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Communication - Rhetoric and Philosophy of Technology - MA Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,655 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in philosophy

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    Philosophy - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, June
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    Philosophy - PhD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,112 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Philosophy - PhD Dominican University College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,453 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,680 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Philosophy (Arts, Humanities and Education) - PhD Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,489 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,324 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Philosophy - PhD London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,725 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,270 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Future philosophy careers

A degree in philosophy will equip you with transferable tools that you can use to pursue almost any career. With skills in critical thinking, research, persuasion, problem-solving, analysis and creativity, you’ll be well placed to excel in the following roles:

  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Barrister
  • Diplomat
  • Politician
  • Civil servant
  • Journalist
  • Humanitarian aid worker

Using your free time and university holidays to complete placements and internships will help you to get a head start in your chosen field. Most universities will have a career advice service to support you with preparing CVs and applying for roles.