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Study physical education abroad

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

Physical education degrees abroad

A degree in physical education is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to teach and coach sports at a variety of levels. You’ll cover sport development, coaching pedagogy, physiology and psychology, and learn how to apply this knowledge to the classroom and coaching environment.

Studying physical education at a university abroad is an ideal option for those that want to combine their passion for sport and fitness with a desire to teach. You can go on to a fulfilling career coaching future athletes, leading school sports, and helping children keep fit and healthy.

As an international studying abroad, you’ll get a unique perspective on physical education and sports coaching. You’ll see first-hand another country’s sporting culture, and get the opportunity to benefit from the best facilities in the world.

Physical education program structure

At undergraduate level you can study for a BA or BSc in physical education. There is very little difference between the two qualifications, but the BSc programs may include more sports science or physiology focussed modules.

If you study in the US, you can choose physical education as a major or minor subject as part of a liberal arts education. If you want to qualify as a teacher once you graduate, make sure the program you choose includes teacher training. Bachelor’s programs typically take three or four years to complete depending on where you choose to study.

At postgraduate level you can study an MA or MSc in physical education or a related subject over one or two years. These are usually aimed at current professionals looking to widen their knowledge or improve their employability. In the UK, you can study a PGCE which will qualify you to teach physical education in schools.

Physical education is usually a highly practical program, but you will spend a lot of time in lectures and seminars. Most programs will also include placements where you get the chance to work in local schools.

The course structure and content of each program will depend on a range of factors, but some of the most common modules include:

  • Pedagogical principles in sport
  • Physiology and sport
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Movement and learning
  • Science of movement
  • Research in physical education
  • School-based experience

Alternative education degrees

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Physical education study abroad programs

Physical education undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in physical education

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    Physical Education - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Physical Education - BSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Health Education and Physical Education - BSc 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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    Secondary Education (Physical Education) - BAEd Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Health, Sport & Exercise - Physical Education Plus - BScEd University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Pathway in physical education

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    Physical Education (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in physical education

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science (Physical Education) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Physical Education - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,440 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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Physical education graduate programs

Master's in physical education

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    Physical Education - MPE Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Education: Physical Education and Health Specialization - MEd University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,548 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Health and Physical Education - MSc Central Washington University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,007 USD
    Start date
    September, January
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    Professional Practice in Physical Education and School Sport - MSc University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education - MA University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in physical education

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    Exercise Science and Physical Education - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Sport, Exercise and Physical Education - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in physical education

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    Secondary Physical Education with EBACC - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future physical education careers

Physical education programs are largely designed for those that want to go on to teach PE or coach sports. There are a variety of positions you could look to go into after graduation, including:

  • Sports teacher
  • Sporting coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports therapist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Sports therapist

It’s worth noting that some of the careers above will require additional qualifications, so make sure you do your research. If you need helping working out which path is right for you, speak to the university’s careers advice service who can help.