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Study psychotherapy abroad

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

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Psychotherapy degrees abroad

Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, helps patients to manage their emotional difficulties and mental health issues. By enrolling in a psychotherapy program, you’ll develop the theoretical knowledge and professional skills needed to begin a rewarding career.

You’ll study key psychological theories and approaches, before applying them to real-world problems. You’ll learn how to establish therapeutic relationships with patients so that they can make sense of their emotions and modify their destructive behaviors.

Studying abroad is a chance to witness the effects of different cultural environments on human thoughts and behaviors. Working with patients from a diverse array of backgrounds and trying new treatment techniques will transform you into a more knowledgeable and versatile practitioner.

Psychotherapy program structure

BSc degrees in psychotherapy last between three and four years, depending on where you study. They introduce you to key theories and practices in psychotherapy and serve as a great springboard into further study.

To practice professionally, you’ll need a postgraduate degree. You can study for a master’s as a full or part-time student. Most master’s programs last between one and three years, combining classroom instruction with clinical placements.

PhD programs in psychotherapy are generally more research-focused. They take a minimum of four years to finish, but some can last up to six or seven.

You’ll learn through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, and workshops. A large portion of your time will be spent undertaking supervised training too.

The content of psychotherapy programs differs from institution to institution, but most courses cover these fundamentals:

  • Introduction to psychotherapy
  • Becoming a psychotherapist
  • Professional practice skills
  • Theoretical approaches in psychotherapy
  • Building a therapeutic relationship
  • Work-based learning in psychotherapy
  • Research methods and statistics
  • The psychology of well-being

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Psychotherapy study abroad programs

Psychotherapy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in psychotherapy

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    Critical Approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy - BSc (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,864 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Psychotherapy graduate programs

Master's in psychotherapy

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    Counselling and Psychotherapy - MSc Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,258 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,800 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Psychiatry - MSc University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,669 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,825 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Psychotherapy - MPsyT Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,397 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,550 NZD

    Start date
    January
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    Psychotherapy and Counselling – Contemporary Creative Approaches - MSc Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in psychotherapy

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    Clinical Residency: Psychiatry - PGDip Astrakhan State Medical University, Russia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,700 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Psychotherapy Studies - GradDip Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,325 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,851 NZD

    Start date
    January
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Future psychotherapy careers

Mental health conditions are a growing global health concern. Therefore, the demand for empathetic and highly-qualified psychotherapy graduates is increasing too.

You’ll have the tools needed to make a real, positive, and long-lasting difference to people’s lives. You could work in various settings, including hospitals, schools, law enforcement, and private practices. Here are some of the roles you’d be suited to:

  • Psychotherapist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Art therapist
  • Mental health nurse

To qualify for some of the above positions, you’ll need to earn additional licensure and certification. If you don’t know how to go about landing your dream job, arrange an appointment with your university’s careers service.