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Study sports science abroad

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

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

Alternative sports degrees

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Sports science study abroad programs

Sports science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sports science

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    Health Sciences - Exercise Science - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Exercise Science - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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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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    Kinesiology - Exercise Science and Health Promotion - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Exercise Science - BSc University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Pathway in sports science

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    Sport & Exercise Science (Foundation) - UGP Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in sports science

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    Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician - Dip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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Certificate in sports science

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    Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    19,080 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques - Cert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,741 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Heating and Air Conditioning - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Sports science graduate programs

Master's in sports science

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    Exercise Science - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Kinesiology - Exercise Science - MSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,588 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Exercise Science - MSc Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,618 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Sport and Exercise Science - MRes London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Strength & Conditioning - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,750 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in sports science

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    Exercise Science and Physical Education - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in sports science

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    Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,396 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in sports science

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    Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,840 CAD
    Start date
    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.