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A Guide to Biology Degrees Abroad

Nobody goes straight to the heart of the matter quite like biologists. The study of life itself, the chemical compounds that constitute us and the evolutionary forces which drive our existence, is universal in application. Earning your biology degree abroad can accordingly take you anywhere in the world that most excites your intellectual curiosity; are you ready for an adventure?

Why Earn Your Degree Abroad

Whatever field you intend to move forward in after your studies – whether it be in academia, industry, medicine, or any combination thereof – the opportunity to earn your biology degree abroad as a means to that end is simply too good to pass up on. As a subject offered by essentially every major university in the world, this is your chance to pick any destination that most intrigues you, and there put your best foot forward into the scientific study of life at large.


While most universities around the world offer the opportunity for foreign students to pursue a biology degree abroad, there are some determining factors that can help narrow your focus during the search. One thing to consider is obviously whether you can see yourself settling into that country for the long haul; you never know what opportunities might come up while earning your biology degree abroad, and it is not uncommon for students to remain abroad as expats after graduation.

Another important factor to consider is the language barrier. As a full time student pursuing a degree at a foreign university, you will typically be expected to be fluent in your host country’s language in order to be considered for enrollment. Many universities in the non-English speaking world (places as varied as Germany, China, Argentina, and Malaysia) will administer an examination prior to your studies in order to make sure of your proficiency.

For students who do not know a second language, or are unwilling to learn one, the good news is that English speaking countries such as Canada, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom host many of the most respected biology programs in the world. While you may not gain from the same kind of culture shock you might experience in other countries, universities in the English speaking world understandably remain attractive options because of their high quality academics.

Academics & Degrees

Biology is a broad, interdisciplinary field that encompasses many sub-disciplines and specializations within its scope. As an undergraduate you will likely be expected to take a variety of courses within related fields such as chemistry, math, physics, and physiology as part of your degree track. Usually there are no set prerequisites to enrolling in a biology degree at the undergraduate level.

While many biology majors move on to pursue a medical degree, there also lays the possibility to continue your academic pursuits at the postgraduate level by obtaining a Master’s or PhD in the field. The details of these programs may differ depending on the country where you earn your biology degree abroad, but for the most part you can expect a Master’s program to require one or two years of study, and a PhD program to require several additional years on top of this.

You will also often be expected to choose a focus within a particular branch of biology during the course of your graduate studies, such as molecular biology, evolutionary biology, or cellular biology. Extensive research in the laboratory or field and a final thesis are commonly expected of graduate students of biology around the world as well.

Benefits & Challenges

Adaptation. While biologists make a living off studying the underlying mechanisms of life, understanding the environmental forces that shape behaviors can be equally important. Living amidst a different culture is a valuable lesson in the powers of both nature and nurture.

Evolution. Earning your biology degree abroad will be a tremendous personal growth experience, as you challenge yourself to tackle the difficulties of culture shock and life away from home. It can prove a tremendously humbling and maturing journey.

Competition. Lastly, earning your degree abroad in biology will certainly not help your chances of advancing to the next step of your career path; it shows employers and admissions officers that you are flexible, ambitious, and able to communicate effectively across cultures. 

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Middlesex University, London UK

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Study Abroad at Bangor University in Wales, UK

Many students choose to study at Bangor University, North Wales as visiting study abroad scheme students. Every year, well over 100 students from North, Central and South America, Asia and mainland Europe undertake a semester or a whole year at Bangor and transfer the credits achieved to the home University. This means that students who are taking a degree course at another university can vi...


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Mente Argentina: Master's and Graduate Degrees Program in Buenos Aires

Mente Argentina's Masters and Graduate Degrees Program may be the perfect program for someone interested in studying in a new culture. Through this international program students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in thier career. Individuals can chose to study from some of the most renowned universities in the Country: Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Argen...


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Queen Mary University of London - Graduate Study

Queen Mary University of London offers fully integrated degree programs that give international students a genuinely British academic and social experience. The Graduate School offers both taught degrees and research degrees in disciplines, including Engineering, Film, French Studies, History, Law, Politics, and International Relations. Typically, taught masters programs are one year in duratio...


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TEAN: Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in New Zealand

For those wanting to study abroad beyond a semester, TEAN can assist you in finding a program in New Zealand to earn your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or PhD. Our services are free to you. We do not charge you for the work we do on your behalf. By utilizing TEAN's services you are saving money on international postage, phone calls and more. TEAN is an official representative of the be...


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International Master's Degree Programs in Helsinki, Finland

Broaden your academic knowledge further with a graduate study in Finland! Enroll in any of the University of Helsinki’s 33 Masters Programmes, which are taught entirely in English. Complete your full-time study in two years and earn 120 ECTS credits. Our annual tuition fees are 13.000, 15.000 or 18.000 €, depending on the program. The International Master's Degree Programs at the University ...


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Degree Programs at the University of Westminster, London

The University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic university located in the heart of London, England. With a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to educating for professional life, the university has a distinguished 175-year history. It offers a wide range of bachelors and masters courses, ranging from Business Management and International Relations to Conflict Resolution and Mus...


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MRes Molecular Bioscience

The Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University MRes Molecular Bioscience program provides a thorough understanding of key approaches for studying biological processes at the molecular level. The program takes advantage of the university's advanced English language capabilities, distinctive international features, and state-of-the-art research facilities. The program covers biotechnology related topics...


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University of Otago - Study Abroad

The University of Otago welcomes study abroad students from universities throughout the world, and enrolls international students in degrees from bachelors through to PhD. Live among local students of the university, all within 15 minutes walk of campus and the Dunedin city center in New Zealand. The two to six-bedroom houses or apartments typically have at least one local student living in the...


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Dublin City University Study Abroad and Degree Abroad Programmes

Thinking about where you would like to study, what you want to study and how you apply? Dublin City University (DCU) is a warm and welcoming environment for students from over 114 countries who wish to take a semester in Dublin, a full time undergraduate degree or a postgraduate masters programme. The International Office will help you with advice on all aspects of study in DCU including cou...


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American University of Beirut

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Semester Study & Intern in SPAIN

This study abroad program is perfect for a student, with at minimum intermediate level Spanish skills, who wants an authentic study abroad experience. Away from the crowds of American students who study abroad in more popular destinations like Barcelona or Madrid, you will find yourself fully immersed in the language and culture. You will take classes at an accredited Spanish university and tak...


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Marine Science A Level Course

The Borneo Marine and Sea Turtle Conservation Project is offering a Marine Science Advanced (A) Level course that runs from fourteen to sixteen weeks. The program starts on 18 January 2016, and is offered in conjunction with the Cambridge Examination Board. This internationally recognised course is ideal for individuals interested in getting into Environmental Science or Marine Biology at t...


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API at Maynooth University in Dublin, Ireland

Looking for a study abroad experience? API offers students the opportunity to broaden their academic knowledge and skills in Maynooth University (MU), the second oldest university in Ireland. If you wish to gain learning in an international environment, do it in MU - an institution known for its academic and learning excellence in humanities and the sciences. Choose from a selection of undergra...


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Undergraduate Degree Program

Duke Kunshan University offers students a world-class education culminating in a degree from Duke University and a degree from Duke Kunshan. The undergraduate academic program spans two continents – in Kunshan, at a state-of-the-art campus; and a two-semester experience at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Current majors include: Natural Sciences: - Material Science/Physics - En...