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Sustainable Development Degrees Abroad

As we steer head first into the 21st century, sustainable development is becoming one of the most important disciplines of study out there. Earning your sustainable development degree abroad will teach you innovative new methods in how to approach the major global challenges of alleviating poverty and preserving our planet; all while challenging you personally to fully immerse yourself in another country’s culture, language, and customs. Think you’re up to the challenge?

Why Earn Your Degree Abroad

Earning your degree abroad in any subject can be a daunting prospect, as you take an extended leave of absence from home to embody the adventurous role of stranger in a strange land. While earning your sustainable development degree abroad especially, travelling the world can make a huge impact on your academic and career aspirations. Witnessing firsthand the diversity and magnitude of challenges we face as a global community will inspire you to do great things down the road as a global citizen.


Sustainable development as an academic discipline generally focuses on ways of how to socially and economically empower less developed countries (LDCs) in an environmentally responsible manner. While the subject matter may revolve primarily around the developing world, the potential locations of where you can earn your sustainable development degree abroad may also be limited by other factors such as accessibility of higher education and the language barrier.

Countries in Asia such as China, India, and Malaysia are all popular destinations where to earn your sustainable development degree abroad. Each of these nations is at a different level of economic development and each faces an entirely distinct set of challenges they will work to tackle throughout the course of the oncoming century. China and India especially are two of the most influential nations in the global community, where blossoming university systems will afford you the opportunity to receive a very high quality education in the field.

European countries such as England, Sweden, and Germany can also be very rewarding destinations where to pursue your sustainable development degree abroad. While these countries are already industrialized for the most part, they are also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, where you can enjoy exposure to cutting edge academic research in the field of sustainable development.

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Sustainable development is an expansive, interdisciplinary field which generally requires studying a breadth of academic subjects during the course of your degree track. Economics, environmental science, political science, and architecture are just a few of the potential areas that you will likely be taking classes within while you earn your sustainable development degree abroad. Sustainable development is a highly complex real-world field to effectively take action within, so it is important to gain a firm footing in many of these different conceptual disciplines.

It’s possible to earn your degree abroad in sustainable development at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Undergraduate degrees generally last for three or four years and focus on providing you with the appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge to go forth and make a career in sustainable development. Graduate programs will enable you to further specialize in one particular aspect of the field, while often undertaking your own research and/or fieldwork as well.

The language barrier is an additionally important factor to keep in mind if you plan on earning your sustainable development degree abroad at a foreign university. While English speaking degree programs are available in some places, most often you will be expected to have a comprehension of the local language in order to be considered for enrollment.

Benefits & Challenges

Eye Witness. Sustainable development is a globally-oriented study, and one that you will take a much higher stake in after travelling the world and personally witnessing the many challenges that face our global community.

Total Immersion. As opposed to a traditional study abroad program which may just last a few months, earning your full degree abroad in sustainable development is the opportunity to truly get to know another country’s culture and people through the long haul.

Cross Cultures. If you are planning to make a career in sustainable development, then chances are you will be travelling a lot and interacting with people from many different backgrounds. Earning your sustainable development degree abroad is a great way to begin developing cross-cultural communication skills.

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At Griffith, one of our goals is to develop graduates who will make a difference to the world in which we live. Griffith is a large public institution which offers more than 300 degrees across a diverse range of study areas. Griffith’s 5 campuses are located in sub-tropical South-East Queensland. Enjoy either the relaxed, beach lifestyle of the Gold Coast, or the bustling, inner-city life o...


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The experience of a lifetime awaits you. If you’re looking for a safe and friendly destination that offers a dynamic, multicultural experience while you study, then Macquarie University is the place for you. Just over 50 years old Macquarie is one of Australia’s leading universities, with nine subjects ranked in the top 100 globally and 100 per cent of our research rated at world standard...


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Middlesex University offers a range of innovative and challenging courses. Students will experiment with the latest technology, access and contribute to world-leading research, meet like-minded practitioners and build international contacts through our exceptional industry practice links. Our students are provided with study areas, practice equipment, and support services ensuring a fully immer...


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We invite you to join the 27,000 students from nearly 150 countries who have chosen to study at one of the UK’s most historic and prestigious universities! Students from around the world choose King’s to further their academic and professional studies. With over 90% of our research internationally recognized, you benefit from an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and car...


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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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Take the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (BA-IR), a program designed for high school graduates who wish to study politics and global governance. Program graduates get the chance to become a specialist in international relations and pursue a decision making career in non-profit organisations, corporate business, diplomatic services, and international organisations.


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Study at Western Australia’s largest and most preferred university. Ranked in the top two percent of universities worldwide Curtin has campuses in Perth, Malaysia and Singapore and welcomes a diversity of nationalities and cultures. Over 50,000 students from more than 130 countries are studying one of our internationally recognised degrees. Based on Curtin’s high proportion of international st...


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Deakin University, Australia, is a top-rated university with world-class graduates. Industry-focussed degree programs and a strongly international outlook mean that Deakin graduates are ready for the global workplace. Deakin is ranked in the Top 3% of universities worldwide and was named the 2014 International Educator of the Year by the Government of the Australian State of Victoria. Deakin...