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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.

Types of writing degrees

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Writing study abroad programs

Writing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in writing

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    English - Writing - BA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    English - Creative Writing Emphasis - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    March, September
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    English (Journalism & Creative Writing Track) - BA 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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    English (Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies) - 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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    English and Creative Writing - 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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Associate in writing

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    Professional Writing and Editing - AA RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,760 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Writing graduate programs

Master's in writing

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    Creative Writing (Fiction) - MFA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,700 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Theatre (Dramatic Writing) - MFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Writing and Publishing - by coursework - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,680 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Creative Writing Practice & Study - MLitt University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing - MLitt University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in writing

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    Creative Writing - 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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    Creative Writing - PhD Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    English and Creative Writing - 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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Certificate in writing

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    Teaching of Writing - PGCert Missouri Western State University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,800 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Advertising Copywriting - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Communications – Professional Writing - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 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.