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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.

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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

Sociology study abroad programs

Sociology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sociology

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    Sociology/Pacific Studies Heritage and Arts - BA University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,017 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 FJD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Anthropology/Sociology: Sociology - 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
    August, January
    Show program overview about Anthropology/Sociology: Sociology Track
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    Sociology - BA California State University, Sacramento, 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
    August, January
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    Sociology - BSc Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Sociology and Criminology - BA (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,567 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in sociology

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    Sociology (Transfer) - AAS-T Big Bend Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,789 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,789 USD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about AAS SOCIOLOGY TRANSFER DEGREE
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    Sociology - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,504 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,415 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Human Services: Sociology - AASc Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,900 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,900 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
    Show program overview about Human Services: Sociology
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    Law, Public Policy and Society - AA Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Sociology - AA San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,794 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,794 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in sociology

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    General Arts and Science: Psychology and Sociology - Dip Lethbridge College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,873 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,410 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
    Show program overview about General Arts and Science: Psychology and Sociology

Sociology graduate programs

Master's in sociology

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    Applied Science: Land and Society (Research) - MAppSc Lincoln University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,065 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,500 NZD

    Start date
    June, January
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    Arts (Thesis): Sociology - MA (Thesis) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,539 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    May, June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April
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    Biology: Biology and Society (Tempe Campus) - MSc Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International), USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,044 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,044 USD

    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Biology (Biology and Society), MS
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    Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society - MSc (with foundation) Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    17,903 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society
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    Data Science for Society and Business - MSc Constructor University, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,701 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Data Science for Society and Business

Doctorate in sociology

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    Education and Sociology - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,315 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Sociology - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,403 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    June, October, February
    Show program overview about Sociology
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    Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,275 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    June, September, February
    Show program overview about Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance (PhD, 3 Years or 6 Semesters) – Joint Degree with the University of Padova, the University of Zagreb, the University of Western Sydney, and Panteion University, Athens
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    Sociology - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,334 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    May, June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April
    Show program overview about Sociology
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    Sociology - PhD University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,522 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,859 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Sociology (PhD)

Diploma in sociology

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    Land and Society - PGDip Lincoln University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,869 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,266 NZD

    Start date
    June, January
    Show program overview about Land and Society

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.