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Study sports abroad

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

Sports degrees abroad

Sport is a broad field of study which asks you to think critically about the role of sport in today’s society.

Throughout your program, you’ll look at topics including coaching, managing sporting events, administration, barriers to participation, and contemporary issues in sport. You’ll examine how the perception, organization and operation of sport differ in different cultural contexts.

Studying sport abroad is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your knowledge of the subject, network with international professionals and travel the world. It’s one of the best ways of understanding how the meaning and function of sport varies internationally.

Sports program structure

Sports programs are sometimes called sports studies. It’s important to remember that sport and sports studies are different from the more specific courses of sports science and sports management.

You can study sport at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A BA or BSc is usually studied over three or fours years, with an MA taking an additional one or two years. A PhD typically takes four or five years on top of this to complete.

It’s common for sport to be studied alongside another related subject like education, psychology, business or sociology. This gives you the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your future career ambitions.

If you’d like to study as an undergraduate in the US, you’ll major in sport. This means that you’ll complete two years of general education before focusing on sport-specific modules for the remainder of your program.

Every sport program will vary slightly in content and structure, but most will be taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical classes. You’ll probably be assessed through a combination of exams, coursework, presentations and practical deliveries of sessions.

Below is a list of core modules that are common to most sport programs around the world:

  • Sports coaching
  • Sports psychology
  • Social issues in sport
  • Subcultures and sport
  • Sport and the media
  • Power and politics in sport
  • Globalization and sport

Types of sports degrees

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Sports study abroad programs

Sports undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sports

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    Sports Journalism - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Sports Media and Communication - BJour University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Kinesiology - Sports Studies - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Physical Education - Sports and Fitness - BSc Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,566 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Sports Technology - BAppSc University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,360 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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Pathway in sports

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    Sports Coaching (Foundation) - UGP Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Sports Coaching Science - FdSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 GBP
    Start date
    September, February
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Associate in sports

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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Sports Medicine - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Sports graduate programs

Master's in sports

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    Sports Journalism - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    51,651 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Sports Performance - MSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Management of Sports Entities - Dual MBA/MLSB UCAM Universidad Católica de Murcia, Spain

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 EUR
    Start date
    November
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    Sports Therapy - MSci London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Exercise & Sports Studies Sports Administration - MSc William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,454 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in sports

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    Sports and Exercise Psychology - PhD Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,120 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in sports

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    Sports Journalism - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January
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Pathway in sports

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    Sports Leadership (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,200 USD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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Future sports careers

There are plenty of career opportunities for sports graduates, both on and off the field. Your communication, leadership and teamwork skills will be useful in a range of roles, including:

  • Coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Sport development officer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports journalist
  • Sport and leisure manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Teacher

Practical experience is essential for many roles in the sports industry. Making the most of any volunteering and internship opportunities during and after your studies will help you to stand out from the crowd.