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Study theology abroad

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

Theology degrees abroad

Theology is the study of religion, and it examines the different religions of the world, their impact on society and the human experience of faith. It combines elements of history, philosophy, anthropology and religious studies, and tackles difficult and complex questions around the meaning of religion and the nature of gods.

It’s a subject that is always relevant, and will give a number of important skills including debating, critical thinking and problem solving. Theology is a great subject to study abroad, as it means you could learn in a more culturally diverse environment, where you’ll experience different religions and cultures from home.

There are a huge number of theology degree programs available in many different countries around the world. Studying theology as an international student is a fantastic opportunity to get a great education, learn a new language and make lifelong friends.

Theology program structure

Theology is a diverse subject, and can be approached differently by different universities and in different countries. So programs combine elements of ethics, philosophy, politics or history so make sure you check the content and curriculum of the program before you apply.

Many theology degrees are made up of compulsory modules and several optional or elective modules that you can choose yourself. This means you can easily tailor your degree to the subjects that most interest you.

It’s possible to study theology abroad at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Bachelor’s degrees are usually offered as a BA, and can be studied full time over three or four years depending on the country and whether or not the course includes an extra year abroad.

At postgraduate level, you can study for a master’s for one or two years, or a doctorate degree which can take up to four years. At the terminal degree level you can choose to study for a PhD or a ThD (Doctor of Theology). These are largely the same, but the ThD may focus more on Christian theology, and a PhD may cover other religions as well.

Typical theology modules and study topics include:

  • Religion in the modern world
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Religious history
  • Religious text studies
  • Sexuality and gender in theology
  • Women and religion
  • Theological ethics

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Theology study abroad programs

Theology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in theology

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    Religious Studies - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Religious Studies (Religion, Politics and Global Affairs) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Politics, Religion and Philosophy - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Classics & Religious Studies - BA 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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    Religious Studies - BA/BGS 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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Theology graduate programs

Master's in theology

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    Religious Studies - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    15 months
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Religious studies - MPhil (Research) University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,895 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Theology - MA Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,112 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Theology and Religious Studies - MSc (Research) University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Religion in Society - MA York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,750 GBP
    Start date
    October
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Doctorate in theology

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    Theology - PhD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,112 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Theology - 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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    Theology and Religious Studies - 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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    Theology - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Future theology careers

Although many graduates go into careers within a religious organization, there are plenty of secular jobs you can also pursue. Popular jobs for theology graduates include:

  • Religious school teacher
  • Social worker
  • Journalist
  • Higher education teacher
  • School teacher
  • Counselor
  • Charity worker

Theology graduates will develop a wide range of skills that lend themselves to a huge number of careers. That means you don’t have to limit yourself to those jobs listed above, but look at any career where your skills will be useful.