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Study sociology abroad

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

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 - 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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    Human Geography with Sociology - BA (Hons) University of Suffolk, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,071 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,790 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Media Communications and Sociology - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,492 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Humanities: Sociology & Politics - BA (Hons) (with foundation) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,735 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Associate in sociology

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    Sociology - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,790 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Sociology (Transfer Pathway) - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Sociology (Direct Transfer) - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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    Sociology (for Transfer) - AA Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Pathway in sociology

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    Sociology & Psychological Studies (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,858 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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    Applied Sociology - MA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,454 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Education and Sociology - MPhil University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,109 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Sociology of Politics and International Relations - MA Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,000 USD

    Start date
    October
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    Sociology: Internet and Society - MA (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, June
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    Sociology - MA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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
    11,109 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Sociology - PhD Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Sociology - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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.