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Sociology degrees abroad

Sociology is the study of human beings and their relationships with society. It’s a discipline that includes elements of political science, history, psychology and economics.

As a sociology student, you’ll analyze how social structures operate in society and how they have changed over time. You’ll cover topics such as social class, gender, race, education, and the legal system to gain a comprehensive understanding of how social processes interact with human experience.

It’s difficult to appreciate quite how diverse societies across the world are without traveling beyond your own cultural context; that’s why studying sociology abroad is a fantastic opportunity. By immersing yourself in another cultural environment, you’ll experience different social formats, customs and issues which will help you become a more insightful and critical sociologist.

Sociology program structure

Sociology is a global discipline that can be studied all over the world. Before you decide where to study, it’s important to bear in mind that location will determine the kinds of societal structures and processes that you’ll experience.

Most undergraduate programs are taught over three to five years and they will cover core sociological topics to provide you with a thorough understanding of the field. You can also study a master’s in sociology over one or two years or a PhD which typically takes around five years to finish.

It’s also possible to study sociology in combination with another subject, like history or political science. This is a great way of tailoring your degree to your interests.

Most countries and universities around the world will allow you to dedicate nearly all of your study time to your subject or subjects of choice. But, if you want to study as an undergraduate in the US, you’ll need to complete two years of general education before focusing entirely on your major for your final two years of study.

The majority of sociology programs are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Although assessment methods differ between programs and institutions, you’ll probably be assessed through exams, essays, presentations and reports from any fieldwork you carry out.

Like all programs, the content and structure of sociology programs will vary between universities. But, as a general rule, you can expect to find these core areas of study at most institutions:

  • Social theories
  • Research methods
  • Evolutionary sociology
  • Political sociology
  • Feminist sociology
  • Crime and punishment
  • Ethnography
  • Social welfare

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Sociology study abroad programs

Sociology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sociology

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    Criminal Justice (Sociology) - BA Walsh University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,500 USD

    Start date
    January, March, August, October
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    Anthropology/Sociology - Sociology Track - BA Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,566 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Social Work: Sociology - BSW (Hons) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,978 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,000 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Criminal Justice & Sociology - BSc University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,570 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,570 USD

    Start date
    May, September
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    Criminal justice/sociology - BAAS Eastern New Mexico University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,128 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,128 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in sociology

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    Sociology/Social Work - AA Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Sociology - AA Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Sociology - 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
    January, June, August
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    Sociology - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,653 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Sociology - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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Diploma in sociology

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    Advancing University Studies: Sociology - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,006 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,041 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Sociology - Dip (Arts) Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,524 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Pathway in sociology

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    Sociology and Criminology (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,423 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Sociology graduate programs

Master's in sociology

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    Arts (Thesis): Sociology - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,689 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Education and Sociology - MPhil University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,569 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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    Literature: Sociology - MLitt University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,458 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,086 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Public Sociology - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,195 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Sociology - MA American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,902 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,902 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in sociology

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    Education and Sociology - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,569 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,300 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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    Sociology - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,812 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

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Diploma in sociology

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    Arts: Sociology - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,436 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Sociology - GradDipArts University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,755 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Future sociology careers

As a sociology graduate, you’ll be well-prepared for the workplace because employers are always looking for individuals who can effectively research, analyze and communicate. Your vast skill set will be valued across many different sectors and roles, including:

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Academic researcher
  • Civil servant
  • Member of Parliament
  • Counselor
  • Probation or prison officer
  • Lawyer

Graduate jobs are often competitive so standing out from the crowd is important. Gaining some work experience in your chosen field will help strengthen your CV and prove your commitment to your career. Most universities will have a career support service that can help you to identify and apply for placements and internships.