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2021 Best International Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools

98 Colleges
$29,580 Avg Salary
$20,212 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best International Studies Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 7,967 people earned a degree or certificate in international studies, making the major the #119 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best International Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 98 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for international studies majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 15% Best International Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our analysis found University of Pennsylvania to be the best school for international studies students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, international studies majors at UPenn accumulate an average of around $17,947 in student debt.

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#2

Bentley University

Waltham, MA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Bentley University is a great place for international studies students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Waltham, Bentley is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means American Public University System is a great place for international studies students working on their bachelor’s degree. American Military University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, international studies majors at American Military University accumulate an average of around $22,487 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $216.

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#4

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Carnegie Mellon University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, international studies graduates from Carnegie Mellon carry an average student debtload of $24,894.

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#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Boston College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

International Studies majors at Boston College take out an average of $14,607 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $169.

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#6

Colby College

Waterville, ME

Colby College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree international studies programs. Located in the remote town of Waterville, Colby is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, international studies graduates from Colby carry an average student debtload of $16,008. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $156.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Boston, UMass Boston is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Maryland - Baltimore County did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for international studies students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. UMBC is a large public school located in the suburb of Baltimore.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, international studies majors at UMBC accumulate an average of around $18,843 in student debt.

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#9

George Fox University

Newberg, OR

George Fox University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the fringe town of Newberg, GFU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#10

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

With a ranking of #10, Oregon State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for international studies students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, international studies majors at Oregon State accumulate an average of around $20,998 in student debt.

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University of California - Berkeley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for international studies students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population.

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#12

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University ranked #12 on this year’s Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Temple is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#13

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for international studies students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Holy Cross is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester.

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#14

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

With a ranking of #14, Brandeis University did quite well on this year’s best schools for international studies students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that international studies majors at Brandeis take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $22,987. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $257.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for International Studies students that almost earned our Best International Studies Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
15 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
16 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
17 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
18 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
19 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

International Studies by Region

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One of 28 majors within the area of study, international studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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