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Study professional writing abroad

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

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Professional writing degrees abroad

Professional writing degrees arm students with the expertise, flair, and originality needed to begin a successful career in the creative industries.

As a professional writing student, you’ll study the written word in all of its forms and genres. You’ll take a diverse array of classes in areas like novels, autobiographies, short stories, scriptwriting, and copywriting, all while honing your own style and craft.

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to see how different countries and cultures express themselves through writing. As well as discovering new approaches, tones, and methods that’ll inform your own practice, you’ll make lasting memories and friendships.

Professional writing program structure

BA programs in professional writing last at least three years, but four-year sandwich courses are also common. Completing a 12-month placement after your second year of study is an invaluable way to gather industry knowledge and connect with experts in the field.

The US is home to a great selection of professional writing degrees, making it a popular destination with international students. Bachelor’s programs in the US follow the liberal arts model, so you’ll complete two years of general education before declaring a major in professional writing.

After finishing your bachelor’s degree, you might wish to pursue a one or two-year MA. Following this, you could enroll in a research-based doctoral program that generally lasts between three and five years.

Being taught through a mixture of interactive lectures, discussion-based seminars, and collaborative workshops will help get your creative juices flowing. You’ll also have one-to-one support through individual tutorials.

The content of professional writing programs differs tremendously around the world because of different cultural contexts and faculty specialisms. However, most universities will introduce students to these core topics:

  • Foundations of writing
  • Creative practice and writing processes
  • Reading across forms and genres
  • Writing fiction
  • Writing non-fiction
  • Copywriting and content marketing
  • Writing for stage
  • Writing for screen

Alternative writing degrees

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Professional writing study abroad programs

Professional writing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in professional writing

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    English - Professional Writing Emphasis - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    English - Professional Writing - BA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Professional Writing and Rhetoric - BA Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,544 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Creative and Professional Writing - BA (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    English - English Professional Writing & Publishing Emphasis - BA/BSc University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,800 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in professional writing

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    Professional Writing and Editing - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,760 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in professional writing

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    Technical & Professional Writing - Cert Central Michigan University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    7,506 USD
    Start date
    August, January, May
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Professional writing graduate programs

Master's in professional writing

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    Professional Writing - MPW University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    30,095 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Creative Digital and Professional Writing - MA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Creative and Professional Writing - MFA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,454 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    English: Professional Writing - MA Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,990 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in professional writing

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    Professional Writing and Communications - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Communications – Professional Writing - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future professional writing careers

Your communication, critical thinking, and interpretation skills will be highly-respected by employers across the arts, media, advertising, education, publishing, and more.

You’ll be prepared for a range of exciting roles where you can unleash your creative spirit and let your imagination shine.

Although you could turn your hand to almost any communicative position, here are some of the most commonly pursued career paths:

  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Screenwriter
  • Novelist
  • Copywriter
  • Advertising executive
  • Communications officer
  • PR specialist

Breaking into the creative industries can be difficult, but there are plenty of ways to make your resume stand out. Consider building some professional experience by contributing to your university’s student magazine, radio station, or broadcasting channel.

Your institution’s career service can also help you land placements with local businesses and agencies.