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Study writing abroad

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

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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 (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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    Literature, Language & Writing - BA 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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    Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Studies - BA University of Kentucky, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,050 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Writing and Rhetoric Studies - BA/BSc University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,082 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Writing graduate programs

Master's in writing

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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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    Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation - 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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    Theatre - Dramatic Writing - MFA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    English - Literature and Writing - 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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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
    Tuition fees per year
    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.