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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
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 study abroad programs

Philosophy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in philosophy

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    Philosophy with Spanish - BA University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,762 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Theology: Minor in Philosophy - BA Dominican University College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,458 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,120 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Bioscience and Philosophy - BSc/BA 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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    Mathematics and Philosophy - Dual BA (Hons) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,642 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,609 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    History and Philosophy - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in philosophy

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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
    April, January, September, 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
    August, June, February
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    Philosophy - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,044 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    May, January, September
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    Philosophy - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,348 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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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, June, April, January
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Certificate in philosophy

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    Philosophy - Cert Dominican University College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,458 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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    Applied Philosophy and Ethics - MA 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
    August, January
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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
    August, January
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    European Philosophy with French - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,762 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Philosophy, Politics and Economics - MA (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,225 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in philosophy

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    Philosophy - PhD Dominican University College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,680 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Philosophy - PhD London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,877 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,270 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Philosophy - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,740 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, June, January
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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
    August, January
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    Philosophy (Business and Informatics) - PhD Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,324 AUD

    Start date
    July, November, March
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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.