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Study writing abroad

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

Writing degrees abroad

It’s possible to study a wide range of writing degree program disciplines all over the world. You can learn different skills and techniques by studying some of the world’s most famous writers, or discover the best way to write for different media.

Writing is a vital skill in all industries and can lead to a number of great career opportunities. If you dream of becoming a published writer, a degree in something like creative writing can help you develop your skills and learn how to get your work noticed.

Choosing to study writing abroad means you’ll be able to access some of the best programs in the world. The art of writing can be approached differently in different countries, so by studying abroad you can gain a better understanding of the subject.

Writing program structure

The content and structure of a writing degree program will depend on exactly what discipline you have chosen to study. There’s a number of writing-related subjects available, including:

  • Creative writing
  • Professional writing
  • Technical writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting

Writing programs are often offered as joint-honours programs where they’re combined with another subject, like media, English literature or journalism.

You can study writing at all degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. Most programs are available as a BA at bachelor’s level, and take three or four years to complete. If you study at a liberal arts school in the US, you can choose to study writing as a major subject alongside general studies.

At postgraduate level, you can study an MA over two years, or some universities offer an MLitt program. This is research-based, rather than taught, and can be good preparation for studying for a PhD in writing.

The assessment methods of a writing course will be through essays, projects and written exams. Depending on the precise program, you may also need to produce a portfolio of your work or complete a research-based dissertation. Teaching will be through workshops, lectures and seminars, with a lot of time also given to independent study.

Writing program structure

The content and structure of a writing degree program will depend on exactly what discipline you have chosen to study. There’s a number of writing-related subjects available, including:

  • Creative writing
  • Professional writing
  • Technical writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting

Writing programs are often offered as joint-honours programs where they’re combined with another subject, like media, English literature or journalism.

You can study writing at all degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate. Most programs are available as a BA at bachelor’s level, and take three or four years to complete. If you study at a liberal arts school in the US, you can choose to study writing as a major subject alongside general studies.

At postgraduate level, you can study an MA over two years, or some universities offer an MLitt program. This is research-based, rather than taught, and can be good preparation for studying for a PhD in writing.

The assessment methods of a writing course will be through essays, projects and written exams. Depending on the precise program, you may also need to produce a portfolio of your work or complete a research-based dissertation. Teaching will be through workshops, lectures and seminars, with a lot of time also given to independent study.

Types of writing degrees

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Writing study abroad programs

Writing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in writing

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    Drama (Writing for Performance) - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,782 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    English (minor in Writing) - BA High Point University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,996 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,996 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    English (Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,834 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,834 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - Writing and Performing Arts - BIS Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    English - Writing - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Associate in writing

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    English Language: Writing - AA Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    English: Literature and Writing Studies (Direct Transfer) - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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    Writing Studies - AA South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    April, September, June, January
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Diploma in writing

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    Comedy: Writing and Performance - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,323 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Writing and Publishing (Kelowna Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,546 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Writing graduate programs

Master's in writing

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    Architectural History, Research and Writing - MA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,329 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Creative and Critical Writing - MA University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,713 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation - MLitt University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,897 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    English - Literature and Writing - MA Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,112 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    English Writing - MA/MFA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,454 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in writing

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    English Pedagogy: Teaching Writing - DA Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in writing

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    Irish Writing - PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,817 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,374 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in writing

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    Television Writing and Producing - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,219 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future writing careers

Graduates with a writing degree will have a lot of options when it comes to looking for a job after university. The roles you will be best suited for will depend on what program you choose to study, but some roles you might consider include:

  • Journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Publishing editor
  • Copywriter
  • Content editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter

If you’re not sure which writing degree program is right for you, think about what career you want after graduation. You can then look for the program that will give you the skills you need for the career you want.