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A Guide to Literature Degrees Abroad

The study of literature is, in its essence, about self-realization. Delving deeply into the world’s greatest authors as they explore and extrapolate on the many manifestations of language and the human condition is a journey within itself. Taking that journey halfway across the world while earning your literature degree abroad will just be the icing on the cake.

Why Earn Your Degree Abroad

There is nothing that pairs with a great work of literature quite like travelling the world. Something about being on the move, having new experiences, and exploring new cultures inherently supplements the enhanced perspective that you may gain from reading a great literary work. Earning your literature degree abroad will come with its share of challenges no doubt, but will pay off tenfold as you come to see our world under an entirely new light.


The literary art is as old as written language itself, having taken many different forms across many different cultures throughout history. From ancient mythologies to contemporary postmodern fiction, literature is as pervasive an art form as there comes. It makes sense then that you will have your work cut out for you when trying to settle on the perfect destination where to earn your literature degree abroad.

Within the European literary tradition, countries such as England, Ireland, France, and Russia have all held immense influence in the field of literature, and to this day continue to boast their own unique brand of the art. Many of the most prestigious schools in the world where to earn your literature degree abroad are also located in these countries.

In Asia, another continent with a vastly rich literary tradition, countries such as China, India, and Japan can grant students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a distinct literary landscape outside of the western tradition. Many of the world’s greatest literary works come from these cultures, both ancient and modern.

The language barrier is a point well worth considering when deciding where to earn your degree abroad in literature. Language and literature are inherently connected, so your degree abroad can be a great way to gain a firmer grasp on both in a different cultural context. Still, it is essential that at the outset of your program you have enough of a command on the local language to understand what you are reading!

Academics & Degrees

Literature is a comprehensive field of study that encompasses all different aspects of the written art. Literature can take the form of poetry, prose, or drama; it can be fiction or nonfiction, short or long, contemporary or historical, and any other classification structure you might try to encompass it within. A major part of literature is breaking the mold by continuing to develop the art form, so it is likely you will take classes in all these areas to develop a solid background while earning your literature degree abroad.

International students can earn their degree abroad in literature at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels. Undergraduate programs tend to last for three or four years and cover most of the fundamental concepts within the academic field. Master’s and PhD programs are your chance to further specialize in a particular niche of literature that you find interesting, for example focusing on gender constructs in their regional context abroad.

The value of a literature degree abroad lays in the experience itself, as well as in the educational and literary opportunities it may open up down the road. If you are a writer who is studying literature to develop their own craft, teaching is usually the most popular way to supplement your income while helping to pass on the literary body of knowledge. Who knows, maybe someday you will be helping others obtain their own degree abroad in literature!

Benefits & Challenges

Travel, Read, & Write. There can hardly be a more romantic vision for the student of literature than long train rides spent gazing upon a foreign countryside, nose buried in a novel or writing out your own thoughts and impressions.

Language Mastery. If you are learning a second language as part of your literature degree abroad, the combination of speaking it everyday and delving into literary analysis will bring your fluency into entirely new heights.

Expanded Perspective. Literature and travel are both about expanding your perspective and enhancing your insight into language, culture, and humanity at large. Are you ready for an adventure?

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Earn Your American Bachelor’s Degree in Rome, Italy at JCU

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...


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Middlesex University, London UK

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Study Abroad at Bangor University in Wales, UK

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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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TEAN: Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in New Zealand

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Comparative Literature MA

Building on the thriving Comparative Literature undergraduate programme at Queen Mary University of London, this MA programme recognises the realities of dialogue and cultural movement. Central to the programme is the notion of world literature, along with theoretical, philosophical and cultural questions. It also examines transnationalism, exile, cosmopolitanism, and other phenomena in the int...


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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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IES Abroad London - Study London Semester/Year Program

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Study Abroad in London at the University of Roehampton

The University of Roehampton offers students the opportunity to live and learn on a close-knit collegiate campus just a stone's throw away from the sights and sounds of the capital city. Students can really experience the 'best of both worlds' at London’s only parkland campus. You will study for one semester or a full year alongside Roehampton students from over 130 countries worldwide. Guar...


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Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus

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University of Otago - Study Abroad

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API at Maynooth University in Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin City University Study Abroad and Degree Abroad Programmes

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Semester Abroad with The University of New York in Prague

University of New York in Prague is the largest and leading English language Higher Education Institution in the Czech Republic. Teaching takes place in English and currently, more than 800 students from more than 60 countries study at UNYP. Lecturers come from the United States, EU and the Czech Republic (more than 20 countries in all), and bring with them both academic and professional backg...


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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...