Undergraduate Degree Abroad

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Undergraduate Degrees Abroad


518 Undergraduate Programs Abroad

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

IED Diploma in Creative Advertising and Branding is the educational response to the challenges of a global market where companies and agencies need vanguard creative professionals with new skills and competencies to differentiate and position their brands, products and services. The course is about bridging the gap between creativity, communication, advertising and branding to educate and fo...

John Cabot University

International experience is becoming increasingly valuable in the job market. Earning your degree abroad at John Cabot University will not only teach you flexibility, independence, and intercultural skills that are highly marketable to employers, but will also allow you to join our student community representing more than 70 countries. As an American university in the historic center of Rom...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Lille is a charming city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of Northern France that has retained its exceptional Flemish heritage while offering the luxuries of a modern city. Lille was developed around the Deûle River and has been home to a number or political influences and cultures, many of which can still be seen on the façades of its ancient and eclectic architecture. Once an industrial hub,...

Earn Your American Degree at The American University of Rome

Be extraordinary! Earn your Accredited American Degree in Rome and distinguish yourself from your peers. The program offers small classes, personal attention, and a chance to gain a global perspective in a multicultural environment. The in-depth fields of study combine theory, practice, a Senior capstone experience, a robust internship program that provides students with the benefit of expe...

The American University in Dubai

Through the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies program at The American University in Dubai (AUD) students will develop an understanding of the environment, cultural, politics, and history of the Middle East. This understanding will serve any students well whether they are seeking employment within the Middle East (regardless of their profession) or have a strong interest in the region. P...

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

Join Asia Pacific Universitys cutting-edge School of Engineering and earn your engineering degree in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our school of Engineering is our fastest growing school because it emphasizes a technology and market driven approach which greatly enhances the innovative abilities and employment prospects of our graduates. The program will also pair you with a mandatory internship in ...

Mente Argentina

Mente Argentina offers an intensive culinary arts program developed specifically for students who are passionate about gastronomy and expanding their culinary skill set. Aspiring chefs in the Professional Chef Degree Program will take intensive classes for five months which cover the same content as a two-year Culinary Arts degree program. In just five months, students will master basic and ...

University of East Anglia - Degrees

Gain a 3-year undergraduate or 1-year masters degree in a beautiful medieval city in the East of England just 2 hours from London. The University of East Anglia (UEA) is based on a campus that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 14,000 students. Innovative, internationally renowned degrees are offered in numerous disciplines: Environmental Sciences and Clim...

Franklin University Switzerland - Degree Abroad Program

Franklin University Switzerland is an English-speaking, US- and Swiss-accredited non-profit university based in Lugano, Southern Switzerland. The university offers bachelor’s and master’s programs, foundation programs and summer courses in a highly international academic learning environment. Our community of scholars and students represents over 50 nationalities from all corners of the globe. ...

Bachelor in Media Design

Using cross-media media channels, multi-layered content must be transformed into visual images and stories in a way that appeals to the emotions of users and recipients and conveys the message clearly. Curiosity, openness, and fresh ideas are the hallmarks of a good media designer, as well as artistic creativity and visual imagination. Lateral thinking is required, especially in cross-media pro...

Gastronomy and Culinary Management in Spain

GASMA - University Centre for Culinary Arts offers a bachelor study program in Gastronomy and Culinary Management that equips prospective students with a solid and practical foundation on which to build their future careers. Courses include content related to communications, marketing, microbiology, nutrition, and consumer psychology to help students gain a global perspective and later take up ...

Bachelor in Business Studies - Specialist Business Degree

Trinity College is ranked 1st in Ireland and 78th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015-16). For over 400 years, this historic university has been a world leader in high-quality, internationally-recognised education. With a global reputation for excellence, Trinity promotes creativity and innovative thinking in students. Trinity Business School has been pioneering cutting-edge researc...

Earn Your Undergraduate Degree Where Curiosity Reigns

King's College London attracts curious minds. From the academics making discoveries that push the frontiers of knowledge to the students informing and learning from their research, we insist that a spirit of inquiry permeates everything we do. This helps us create a learning and research environment that inspires and equips the next generation of world thinkers as they seek to answer some of so...

BSc in Civil Engineering

Technion International Israel Institute of Technology teaches students about construction management at different stages of the construction process, touching on areas such as management, economic business, planning, and legal issues associated with the process. Topics related to the design and management of water delivery and supply systems, water and waste-water treatment and recycling, and t...

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Growth in China will redefine patterns of consumption, production, and cultural appropriation domestically and globally for generations to come. As China-based companies shift to a designed-in-China strategy and international companies seek to design for the Chinese market, career opportunities for graduates of the MDes Transdisciplinary Design program at the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University...

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Undergraduate Degrees Abroad

Even though the majority of your high school friends are going to the local state school or your nearby community college, you’ve got your sights set elsewhere. Somewhere much further afield, maybe even somewhere abroad. Despite the shock on Mom and Dad’s faces when you first propositioned them, you needn’t worry about legitimizing your request. Bachelor’s degree programs abroad can have equal if not higher merit, potentially cost less, and will double as a sink-or-swim experiment in life as an adult. For aspiring artists, scientists, politicians, and writers alike, bachelor’s degree programs abroad are a great fit, no matter your field of study.

Step 1: Consider Program Structure

Cultural differences will make their way into the classroom, so as an international student you will need to be prepared to adjust to a new style of learning and academic expectations. For example, bachelor’s degree programs in the U.S. and the UK have widespread differences, despite sharing a language of instruction. UK-based bachelor’s degree programs encourage independent study and early subject specialization, while U.S. degree programs typically aim to expose students to a variety of subjects. Additionally, U.S. institutions provide a comprehensive college experience, including dormitory housing and on-campus meal plans. In contrast, most students live off-campus in Australia and typically “fend for themselves”.

Education systems across the world also assess grades very differently. For instance, your classes may meet less frequently and assign less homework, which may mean there are only a few grades to contribute to your overall course grade so each assignment or paper will be weighted more heavily.

Be prepared for cultural acclimation both inside and outside of the classroom, and conduct independent research about your country of choice both before and after you arrive to familiarize yourself with their academic style and rigor.

Step 2: Choose a Location

You have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a destination for your bachelor’s degree abroad. Many students will opt to select a country that matches their native language, while others still will seize the opportunity to gain fluency in a second language.No matter which challenge you are looking for, there is a country that can suit your needs and interests. Here are a few of the most popular locations to earn bachelor’s degrees abroad to get your started.

Germany. German universities are a great fit for international students, as many bachelor’s degree programs are taught in English and are heavily subsidized by the German government (psst, they can even be free!)

England is a popular choice amongst international students due to its international prestige and language of instruction (aka English!). You pay for what you get, though, so don’t expect bachelor’s degree programs in the UK to be extremely cheap!

Scotland. Home to more than its fair share of credible universities, Scotland is an excellent location option for earning a bachelor’s degree abroad. It is a more affordable destination for student budgets than its neighbor to the south and still offers similar cultural and academic experiences for students.

Australia. The Land Down Under promises high quality education, but it does come at a price. As one of the world’s most expensive countries, students will be pinching their Aussie dollars (or have to spend the majority of their free-time soaking up the sun on the beach, for free, which isn’t such a rough life) while earning a bachelor’s degree in Australia. However, it will be worth it!

Canada. Barney Stinson jokes aside, Canada is a prime destination for students who want to complete an undergraduate degree abroad. World class universities, cities, and nature preserves create an ideal combination of academics and adventure for international students.

Beyond this short list of options, there are a number of well known universities and undergraduate degree programs around the world. Seek out a university that complements your desired area of study, whether because of professors and faculty, geographic advantages, or access to special collections. 

Step 3: Prepare Your Documents

As an international student, you will likely be required to obtain a student or education visa to cover the duration of your undergraduate degree program abroad. Different countries will implore different application requirements, and it is advised that undergraduate students get these logistics sorted as early as possible.

Before you can get a visa, you need to ensure that you have a valid passport. Keep tabs on your passport’s expiration date to avoid any unnecessary hassle when obtaining your visa.

Generally speaking, you can expect that each consulate will want to know general personal information, including your name, home address, and social security number. You will also likely need to submit your admission letter from your international host university, as well as your intended address once you are abroad. Some foreign governments may require proof of self-sustaining finances, which can be a hurdle for students with empty bank accounts (but hopefully Mom and Dad won’t mind!).

After you receive your golden ticket (aka student visa), check in with your host country regarding specific visa rules and regulations. Some countries will allow you to work in conjunction with your undergraduate degree program, while others will require you to apply for a separate visa (or deny it entirely).

Step 4: Reap the Benefits

It’s time for international travel! There are many horns to toot when discussing the benefits of living and earning a degree abroad. You will have increased access to cool, foreign countries, you will learn a ton not only about yourself but about the world, and you will add stamps to your passport faster than Lemuel Gulliver.

The UK and continental Europe bound students will be able to enjoy the benefit of earning their bachelor’s degree in three years time versus the traditional four years required in the U.S. and Australia. That’s one whole year less of stress-induced headaches and late night prep for pop quizzes!

With the cost of higher education rising exponentially around the world, it may make sense to earn your undergraduate degree abroad at a bargain price. Less time spent studying equates to less money spent on studying.

Step 5: Take On New Challenges

Earning your undergraduate degree abroad certainly does not come without its own oppositions. Transitioning to college life is tough even in the comfort of your home country, as entering a new stage of life always has its growing pains. When you couple this adjustment with an overall acculturation to a strange place with no initial friends in tow, it is no surprise that only the most hardcore of students take their undergraduate studies abroad.

Despite the potential setbacks of new foods, new currencies, new cities, and new styles of instruction, a richer, more intense educational experience is ultimately cultivated. Students who earn their undergraduate degrees abroad are poised to become the most effective change agents of the future.

Are you ready to rise to the challenge?

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