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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 study abroad programs

Philosophy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in philosophy

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    Philosophy - BA St. Francis College, USA

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    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
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    Philosophy - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Philosophy - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
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    January, May, August
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    Politics, Religion and Philosophy - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Philosophy - BA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
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    January, May, August
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Associate in philosophy

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    Philosophy - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,304 USD
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    February, June, August
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    Philosophy - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,383 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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Philosophy graduate programs

Master's in philosophy

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    Philosophy - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Philosophy and Economics - MPhil (Research) Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,450 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Philosophy with French - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Research Philosophy - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,850 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Philosophy - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,895 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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Doctorate in philosophy

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    Philosophy - PhD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,112 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Philosophy (Arts, Humanities and Education) - PhD Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,324 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Philosophy - PhD London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,270 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Philosophy and Ethics - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 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.