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Study publishing abroad

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

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Publishing degrees abroad

Publishing is the study of how books, magazines, journals, and digital texts are produced, marketed, and consumed.

You’ll develop a detailed understanding of publishing operations, including planning, designing, and editing. You’ll also build your professional skills by working closely with authors and learning about copyright law. As well as looking at the history of the industry, you’ll examine contemporary trends, like the rapid emergence of digital publications.

Studying publishing abroad will put you at the forefront of a rapidly changing global industry. You’ll see how texts are modified, translated, and distributed to meet the needs of readers in different countries and cultures. You’ll have the chance to visit foreign publishing houses, work alongside leading publishers, and improve your employability.

Publishing program structure

You can study publishing at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Two-year associate degrees lay the foundations for entry-level employment or further study on a bachelor’s program.

Bachelor’s degrees in publishing are normally studied over three or four years, depending on your university. While you can study publishing as a stand-alone subject, you’re more likely to find it paired with another field as part of a joint-honors BA. Some of the most common pairings include English, creative writing, history, media, and business.

Master’s programs lasting one or two years are the most popular choice amongst aspiring publishers. To enroll in an MA course, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, but qualifications in the humanities and social sciences are often preferred.

A PhD is the highest formal qualification available. These research-based degrees require at least four years of study, but programs can last up to seven or eight years.

As a publishing student, your timetable will be made up of lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials. You’ll probably be assessed through a mixture of essays, exams, presentations, and research projects.

Every university publishing program will offer different elective modules, so you can tailor your program to reflect your interests and strengths. However, most will cover these fundamental topics:

  • History of publishing
  • Creating text for publication
  • Digital publishing
  • Cultural contexts of publishing
  • The editorial process
  • Print and society
  • Legal and ethical publishing
  • Publishing issues and innovations
Publishing program structure

You can study publishing at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Two-year associate degrees lay the foundations for entry-level employment or further study on a bachelor’s program.

Bachelor’s degrees in publishing are normally studied over three or four years, depending on your university. While you can study publishing as a stand-alone subject, you’re more likely to find it paired with another field as part of a joint-honors BA. Some of the most common pairings include English, creative writing, history, media, and business.

Master’s programs lasting one or two years are the most popular choice amongst aspiring publishers. To enroll in an MA course, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, but qualifications in the humanities and social sciences are often preferred.

A PhD is the highest formal qualification available. These research-based degrees require at least four years of study, but programs can last up to seven or eight years.

As a publishing student, your timetable will be made up of lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials. You’ll probably be assessed through a mixture of essays, exams, presentations, and research projects.

Every university publishing program will offer different elective modules, so you can tailor your program to reflect your interests and strengths. However, most will cover these fundamental topics:

  • History of publishing
  • Creating text for publication
  • Digital publishing
  • Cultural contexts of publishing
  • The editorial process
  • Print and society
  • Legal and ethical publishing
  • Publishing issues and innovations

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Publishing study abroad programs

Publishing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in publishing

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    English Literature and Publishing - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,670 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing and Publishing Media - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,385 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,047 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Editing and Publishing - BA Illinois College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,540 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,540 USD

    Start date
    August
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    English - English Professional Writing & Publishing Emphasis - BA/BSc University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Professional Writing - Publishing Track - BA Juniata College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,770 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in publishing

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    Writing and Publishing (Vernon Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in publishing

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    Desktop Publishing - Cert (Arts) St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Web Publishing - Cert College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Publishing graduate programs

Master's in publishing

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    Children's Publishing - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,729 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,070 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Creative Writing and Publishing - MFA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,880 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,880 USD

    Start date
    September, March, January
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    Creative Writing and Publishing - MA Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,257 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Digital Media and Communications: Journalism and Social Media Publishing - MA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,286 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,930 EUR

    Start date
    February, September, June
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    Publishing - MSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    43,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,920 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in publishing

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    Creative Book Publishing - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,178 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    May
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    Publishing - Book, Magazine and Electronic - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,177 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future publishing careers

A degree in publishing will equip you with the knowledge, tools, and industry insight you’ll need to begin a successful career in the field.

You’ll also acquire a wide range of transferable communication, analytical, and creative skills that can be applied across several roles and sectors, including:

  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Teacher
  • Author
  • Public relations officer
  • Advertising specialist
  • Literary agent
  • Sales manager

Gaining as much relevant work experience as possible during the university holidays is vital if you’re hoping to secure employment in this increasingly competitive profession. Most universities have a career service that can help you find placement opportunities and apply for them.