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Study social science abroad

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Social Science degrees abroad

Social science is a far-reaching academic field that encompasses several subjects, including sociology, psychology, criminology, law, international relations, and politics. At its core, social science is concerned with the behaviors of individuals and groups, and their interactions with society.

As a social science student, you can either specialize in a particular discipline or maintain a more general course of study throughout your program. Either way, your studies will help you to make sense of today’s world. You’ll use key research and theories to understand and explain a range of real-life scenarios and problems and explore topics such as inequality, social policy, power, and political thought.

Your understanding of social science will be enriched by studying abroad. You’ll see human society through both a narrow cultural lens and a broader global perspective. You’ll observe how people and societies interact differently around the world depending on their historical and cultural contexts. This exposure will help you become a more critical and creative social scientist.

Social Science program structure

There are plenty of undergraduate and graduate social science programs for you to choose from. Most undergraduate students opt to study a BA or BSc. These programs share similar course content and expectations, but BSc courses involve more scientific analysis and research.

You’ll probably be encouraged to undertake a placement or sandwich year during your studies so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge to practical situations and gather real-world experience.

Once you’ve finished your bachelor’s, you can go on to earn a postgraduate qualification. You’ll be expected to delve deeper into a more specific area of interest, conduct independent research, and develop original interpretations. A master’s can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which takes between four and seven years to complete.

Teaching and assessment will vary from module to module, but you can expect to attend lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratories, and tutorials. You’ll be graded through a combination of exams, essays, reports, case studies, and presentations.

Social science is a highly flexible program and you’ll have plenty of elective modules to choose from so that you can tailor your degree to your interests and strengths. However, most courses around the world will include some of the following core topics:

  • Introduction to studying the social sciences
  • Introduction to research methods
  • Classic social theory
  • Contemporary social theory
  • Social policy
  • Social inequalities in contemporary society
  • Understanding social welfare and the state

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Social Science study abroad programs

Social science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in social science

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    Integrative Social Science - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,834 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,834 USD

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    Social Science Education - BSED Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,724 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,724 USD

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    Development Studies / Social Science - BDevSt University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,323 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,745 AUD

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    Elementary Education / Middle School Social Science - BScEd Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

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    Forensic Psychology: Social Science Library - BA (Hons) Ontario Tech University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,722 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,935 CAD

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Associate in social science

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    Social Science - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Science - 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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    Liberal Arts - Humanities and Social Science Specialization - AA Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,870 USD

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    Social Science - AA College of the Desert, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

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    Social Science (General) - 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

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Social science graduate programs

Master's in social science

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    Coastal and Marine System Science - MSc/PhD Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA

    Program type
    Master's/Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,536 USD

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    Computational Social Science - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,000 USD

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    Integrative Social Science - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    15 months
    Annual tuition fee
    24,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,318 USD

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    Psychology: Applied Social Science - MSc University of Cumbria, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,800 GBP

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    Social Science (Global, Urban & Social Studies) - by research - MSocSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,939 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,880 AUD

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Doctorate in social science

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    Coastal and Marine System Science - MSc/PhD Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA

    Program type
    Master's/Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,536 USD

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Future social science careers

Thanks to the far-reaching nature of a social science degree, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue several careers in the public and private sectors. Your skills in critical thinking, research, and analysis will help in any of the following roles:

  • Civil servant
  • Community development officer
  • Human resources manager
  • International aid worker
  • Police, prison or probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Teacher

If you’re unsure of what your dream job is, or how to secure it, arrange an appointment with your university’s career service. They’re there to give you free, professional, and confidential advice and guidance.