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Study physical education abroad

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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

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Physical Education study abroad programs

Physical education undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in physical education

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    All Level Physical Education - BSc McMurry University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,100 USD

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    Kinesiology with EC-12 Physical Education Teacher Certification - BA Dallas Baptist University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,872 USD

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    EC 12 All level Physical Education - BScEd Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,564 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,564 USD

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    Education Certification - Physical Education - BSED Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,544 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,544 USD

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    Fitness & Wellness and Urban Physical Education - BSc Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

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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
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

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    Physical Education - AA Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

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    Physical Education - 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

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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
    Annual tuition fee
    14,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

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Physical education graduate programs

Master's in physical education

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    Education: Physical Education and Health Specialization - MEd University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,548 USD

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    Health and Physical Education - MSc Central Washington University, USA
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,007 USD

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    Kinesiology: Adapted Physical Education - MA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

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    Physical Education (P-12) - MEd/MSc University of West Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,494 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,494 USD

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    Physical Education - MPE Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,318 USD

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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
    Annual tuition fee
    5,218 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
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    Sport, Exercise and Physical Education - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,146 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

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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.