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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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    Religion - BA (Hons) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,417 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,609 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Arts with concentration in Religion - BAAS Eastern New Mexico University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,128 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,128 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Philosophy and Theology - BA Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Comparative Religion - BA Cleveland State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,765 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,765 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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    History and Theology - BA University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,780 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Theology graduate programs

Master's in theology

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    Religion in Society - MA York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,737 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,750 GBP

    Start date
    October
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    Religious studies - MPhil (Research) University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,277 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,895 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Religious Studies - MA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Religious Studies - MA University of Otago, New Zealand
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,688 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,067 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    Religious Studies/Pastoral Institute - MA University of the Incarnate Word, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,280 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in theology

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    Theology - PhD Dominican University College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,716 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,680 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Theology - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,331 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    Theology - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,406 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in theology

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    Christian Theology - PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,409 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,162 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in theology

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    Christian Theology - PGCert Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,205 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,081 EUR

    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.