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Study sports science abroad

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

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Sports science degrees abroad

Sports science is a broad field of study which looks at the principles behind human performance and participation in sport and exercise today. It’s a relatively new program that has grown in popularity in recent decades.

As a sports science student, you’ll be examining how sport works in society. You’ll learn about various sports science sub-disciplines which range from psychology, physiology and biochemistry, to anatomy, sociology and coaching. You’ll use your knowledge to make recommendations about how best to optimize sporting engagement and success.

Studying sports science abroad is a fantastic opportunity to see how sporting landscapes look at an international level. You’ll experience another country’s sporting culture and network with world experts to enrich your knowledge of the subject. As well as this, you’ll make lifelong friends and memories.

Sports science program structure

You can study sports science at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level. BSc programs usually last between three and four years and will give you a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between sport, the body, the mind and society.

At the higher levels of MA and PhD, you’ll have a narrower focus on a more precise and specialist area of sports science.

You will be taught mostly through lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and practical lessons. Sports science programs are usually assessed through a combination of exams, coursework, presentations, practical deliveries and a final dissertation or research project. It’s important to note that you won’t be assessed on your sporting ability or fitness level.

If you would like to study in the US, you’ll need to choose sports science as your major. In the US liberal arts model, you work on your general education for the first two years of your program before specializing in your major for the final two years.

The exact content of your program will differ depending on your institution and country of study. However, you can expect the find the following core topics in most sports science programs across the world:

  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Teaching and coaching
  • Sociology of sport
  • Diet and nutrition

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Sports science study abroad programs

Sports science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sports science

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    Sports Science and Performance Programming - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,520 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Exercise and Sports Science - BSc University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,450 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Exercise and Sports Science (Clinical Exercise Science Concentration) - BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,929 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Exercise and Sports Science - BSc University of Tulsa, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    42,950 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Sports Science - BSc Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Future sports science careers

Thanks to the ever-growing sports industry, there are plenty of career options for sports science graduates. Your specialist knowledge and skills will be desirable to employers in a range of sporting circles. Your degree could give you the edge in the following professions:

  • Sports coach
  • PE teacher
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports journalist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports therapist

If you have a specific career in mind that you’d like to pursue after graduation, it’s a good idea to tailor your module choices around this field. Most universities have a career advice service that will be able to support you with these decisions.