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PhD Study Abroad

A good PhD should push the boundaries of its academic field. Sometimes that means going further afield as a student, which is why thousands of postgraduates choose to study their PhD abroad each year: seeking out the best expertise and facilities for the doctoral research they want to do.

You'll have plenty of options to choose between for an international PhD, from historic universities in Europe and America to ambitious and high-tech institutions in Asia or Australasia.

Wherever you're thinking of for a PhD abroad, our guides will help get you started with clear and up-to-date information on universities, fees, funding options, application requirements and student visas.


Countries like Germany, Italy and the UK are home to historic universities, with affordable PhD fees and cutting-edge research centres.

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North & South America

Canada and the USA attract huge numbers of PhD students, but countries like Brazil also offer unique research opportunities.

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Asia's high-tech, modern universities have lots to offer ambitious international PhD students.

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Australia and New Zealand are attractive study abroad destinations, with globally renowned universities for PhD study.

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African universities are growing rapidly, offering PhD projects with the potential for significant social and scientific impact.

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Why do your PhD abroad?

Not sure what international study can offer your PhD? We've introduced the benefits (and practicalities).

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International campuses

Branch campuses can make it possible to study an 'international' PhD in your home country.

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Graduate entry tests

Some international PhD programmes require a GRE or GMAT score, or ask some applicants to take a language test.

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