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Public relations (PR) describes the way that organizations work to create positive public perceptions of themselves and control their reputations. It’s a field that encompasses elements of marketing, business, and advertising.

As a PR student, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively, build strategic relationships, successfully promote brands, and manage the media. You’ll study the theoretical and practical aspects of campaign planning, consumer psychology, client management, and copywriting. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to kickstart your career in PR.

More and more businesses are now operating internationally, meaning PR professionals with the expertise to work across borders are in high demand. By studying abroad, you’ll see how companies use different PR practices, strategies, and campaigns to connect with different cultures and demographics. This will help you to hone your craft and develop the international outlook desired by employers.

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Public Relations program structure

You can study PR at various undergraduate and graduate levels, including diplomas, certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs. Diploma and certificate programs typically involve one or two years of study and will introduce to the fundamentals of the field.

The most popular course of study is to complete a bachelor’s degree over three or four years. These programs are typically offered as a BA, however, some universities might classify PR degrees as a BSc if they include more analytical and mathematical components of marketing. In Europe, most bachelor’s programs will be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Although most entry-level PR roles will only require a bachelor’s degree, there are options to undertake postgraduate qualifications if you’re looking to secure a management position after graduating. A master’s can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which usually takes five years of study.

Teaching usually takes the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, and guest presentations from industry professionals. Assessment methods on PR programs involve exams, written assignments, presentations, case studies, and portfolios of projects relating to real-life client briefs.

Although the exact content of your PR course will depend on the university and country you choose to study in, you can expect to cover the following core topics:

  • Understanding public relations
  • PR concepts and contexts
  • PR events
  • Media platforms
  • The principles and practices of communication
  • Consumer psychology
  • Business strategy
  • Managing the brand

Public Relations study abroad programs

Public relations undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in public relations

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    Advertising / Public Relations - BA University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,468 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,468 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Advertising and Public Relations - BCS (with placement) Universidad CEU San Pablo, Spain

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    45 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,492 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,390 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Advertising and Public Relations - BA University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,593 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,593 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Advertising, Public Relations, and Strategic Communication - BA High Point University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    47,712 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,712 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Marketing Communications with Public Relations - BA (Hons) (with foundation) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in public relations

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    Journalism/Media Studies: Advertising/Public Relations - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Public Relations - AAOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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Diploma in public relations

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    Creative Communications: Public Relations and Communication Management (Exchange District Campus) - Dip Red River College Polytechnic, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,164 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,842 CAD

    Start date
    August
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    Public Relations - Dip Conestoga College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,214 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Public Relations - Dip MacEwan University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,658 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Public Relations - AdvDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,397 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,803 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Public Relations - OCDip Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,957 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,207 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Public relations graduate programs

Master's in public relations

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    Brand Management - MA Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,070 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 EUR

    Start date
    October, March
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    Communication & Public Relations - MBA EU Business School Barcelona, Spain
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,806 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,300 EUR

    Start date
    October, January, March
    Show program overview about Communication & Public Relations
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    Business Administration: Communication & Public Relations - MBA EU Business School Geneva, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    45,128 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,750 CHF

    Start date
    October, January, March
    Show program overview about Business Administration: Communication & Public Relations
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    Communication & Public Relations - MBA EU Business School Munich, Germany
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,806 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,300 EUR

    Start date
    October, January, March
    Show program overview about Communication & Public Relations
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    Public Relations and Advertising - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,344 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,344 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
    Show program overview about Public Relations and Advertising

Diploma in public relations

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    Communication and Public Relations - PGDip Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,090 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Communication Studies: Public Relations - PGDip Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,601 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,724 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Communication Studies: Public Relations

Certificate in public relations

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    Public Relations: Corporate Communications - OCGCert Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,254 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Public Relations – Corporate Communications
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    Public Relations - GradCert Clark University, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,315 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,315 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Public Relations - GradCert Nova Scotia Community College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,625 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,690 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Public Relations - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,648 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,498 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Public Relations: Corporate Communications - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,441 CAD

    Start date
    May, September, January
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Future public relations careers

A degree in PR will open many career opportunities for you because almost every organization needs to manage its public image. You’ll have the instinct and expertise to excel in any of the following roles:

  • Public relations officer
  • Publicist
  • Communications officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Social media manager
  • Press officer
  • Crisis manager
  • Copywriter

PR is a competitive industry and most employers prefer to recruit individuals with proven experience and a willingness to learn. As such, it’s a good idea to look for an internship at a PR agency, or in the communications department of a company. Honing your craft and networking with experts will help take your application to the next level.