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Study sonography abroad

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

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Sonography degrees abroad

Sonography programs, also known as medical ultrasound or diagnostic imaging, train students in the safe and accurate use of ultrasound technology.

As a sonography student, you’ll learn how to effectively capture images from inside a patient’s body. These ultrasound images help doctors to diagnose, monitor and treat medical conditions. As well as studying the theoretical aspects of sonography and the different types of ultrasound equipment, you’ll develop your clinical skills and bedside manner.

Rising birth rates, aging populations and new medical discoveries mean that sonographers are in high demand across the world. Studying abroad will provide you with the academic qualifications, cross-cultural experience, and practical capabilities needed to launch your career anywhere you choose.

Sonography program structure

There are several ways to study sonography at college or university. Each country will have different qualification requirements for sonographers, so it’s best to check the nation’s professional registration process.

It’s possible to study two-year diplomas and associate degrees in sonography. These introductory degrees prepare you for entry-level jobs in the field or continued study on a bachelor’s course.

BSc degrees in sonography last between three and four years. If you choose to study in the US, you’ll attend a mixture of general education classes and major-specific courses.

Most sonography programs are offered as one or two-year master’s courses. These programs are designed for medical graduates wanting to extend their knowledge in sonography. You’ll need to hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject like nursing, midwifery or radiography to enroll.

Sonography courses blend theory and practice to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the field. Alongside lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories and practical workshops, you’ll undertake clinical placements and work under the supervision of medical professionals

You’ll normally have the chance to specialize in a particular area of sonography, such as abdominal, cardiac, vascular, or gynecology. That said, you’ll take core modules in these fundamentals first:

  • Sectional anatomy
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Ultrasound in practice
  • Fundamentals of ultrasound technology
  • Contemporary advances in ultrasound technology
  • Legal and ethical issues in ultrasound
  • Professional skills in ultrasound
  • Ultrasound physics

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Sonography study abroad programs

Sonography undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sonography

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    Cardiovascular Sonography - BSc Nova Southeastern University, USA

    Program type
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,150 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,150 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Diagnostic Imaging: Sonography - BSc Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,000 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Diagnostic Medical Sonography - BSc Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Future sonography careers

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to begin a fascinating and rewarding career in ultrasound. Public and private medical organizations are always looking for passionate and committed graduates, so you’ll have great career prospects.

Here are are some of the exciting employment paths open to you:

  • Medical sonographer
  • Advanced ultrasound practitioner
  • Manager of ultrasound department
  • Lecturer in diagnostic medical sonography
  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Research scientist
  • Radiographer

If you’re unsure of what role you’d like to pursue after graduation, what country you’d like to work in, or how to land your dream position, arrange a chat with your university’s career service. They’ll support you with your CV, job applications and give you expert advice.