Undergraduate Degree Abroad

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Undergraduate Degrees Abroad


511 Undergraduate Programs Abroad

Full Degrees in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand

Helping you find the academic program that best suits your personal, professional, and academic goals can be as easy as letting the Center for International Studies (CIS) facilitate your international degree experience. The subjects offered by our partner institutions vary, but can generally be divided into four categories: bachelor's degree, graduate or postgraduate diploma, master's degree, a...

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...

BPP International

Our Summer Schools offer a unique opportunity to take that next step towards your career. During your time with us you will have the opportunity to sample seminars and workshops to find out which career paths might be for you. You will be able to gain specialist career advice from our internal experts and from our professional networks and alumni. BPP University is an independent university ...

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

This is an intensive culinary arts program, created specifically for students who are passionate about gastronomy and expanding their culinary skill set. Aspiring chefs in the Mente Argentina Professional Chef Degree Program will take intensive classes for five months which cover the same content as a 2 year Culinary Arts degree program. In just five months, graduates will master basic and a...

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...

Queen Mary University of London - Undergraduate Study

Queen Mary University of London offers fully integrated undergraduate degree programmes giving you a genuinely British and international academic and social experience. Queen Mary is based at the Mile End campus - a unique urban campus in London's east vibrant end which includes all academic and support facilities as well as award-winning housing for many of our students. Undegraduate degre...

James Cook University

JCU has a history of excellence in marine sciences and is currently ranked second in the world as a research centre on climate change.* Our study courses are as diverse as our location with the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforests serving as living laboratories. With our research station on Orpheus Island and research vessels providing easy access to the Great Barrier Reef's supe...

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. ...

BSc in Civil Engineering

The 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 wastewater treatment and recycling, an...

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...

Study Liberal Arts and Science Degree Programs in Amsterdam

Do you have broad interests, do you enjoy discussion and debate, do you like to be challenged, and do you feel at home in an international environment Then you're warmly invited to join the international AUC student community! * The AUC programme Amsterdam University College (AUC) is a joint institute of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam and offers a liberal arts and...

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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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