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Study computer engineering abroad

An in-depth guide to studying computer engineering as an international student.

Computer engineering degrees abroad

Computer engineering is an exciting multi-disciplinary subject that covers areas of robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. It combines elements of electrical engineering and computer science making it an ideal course for those with a passion for computers and a creative mind.

By studying computer engineering abroad you’ll learn about state-of-the-art digital technology and embedded systems. You’ll also get the chance to create applications for robots, and other innovative information and communications technology.

As a computer engineer, you’ll be able to help design and develop systems that are vital to technology that impacts our everyday lives. Choosing to study abroad also means potentially gaining access to the best facilities and programs available, while also broadening your personal horizons.

Computer engineering program structure

Computer engineering programs are available at a range of levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. As an undergraduate, you can study computer engineering as a BSc, BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) or MEng (Master of Engineering).

The MEng program includes an additional year of study that will convert a bachelor’s to a master’s level qualification. You often get the opportunity to convert a BEng program to an MEng after the first year if you have achieved the necessary grades.

Bachelor’s programs can take between three and five years, depending on where you study and the type of program you choose. You can study a separate master’s (MSc) if you already have a bachelor’s degree, which will usually take one or two years. PhD programs are also available, and you will focus your studies and research on a specific area of computer engineering.

Teaching will take the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and computer laboratory work. Most programs will assess you through coursework, written exams and presentations, but this will vary for each module. The program structure and content will be specific to each course, but common modules include:

  • Mathematics for computing
  • Data science
  • Programming
  • Systems analysis and design (SAD)
  • Circuit theory
  • Digital electronics
  • Computer architecture and operating systems

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Computer engineering study abroad programs

Computer engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in computer engineering

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    Computer Engineering - BSc Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,500 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Computer Engineering - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Computer Engineering - Signal processing and communications - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Computer Engineering - BSc University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Computer Engineering - BSc University of Kentucky, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,050 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in computer engineering

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    Computer Repair and Maintenance - Cert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in computer engineering

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    Computer Engineering - Dip Sangam University, India

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,000 USD
    Start date
    August
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Computer engineering graduate programs

Master's in computer engineering

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    Electrical and Computer Engineering - MEng Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,450 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Computer Engineering (Computer Systems) - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Electronic & Computer Engineering - MEngSc University College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,800 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Computer Engineering - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    38,825 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Computer Engineering - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in computer engineering

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    Electrical and Computer Engineering - PhD Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,950 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Computer Engineering - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Engineering - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Electrical and Computer Engineering - PhD American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,060 LL
    Start date
    January, August
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    Electrical and Computer Engineering - PhD Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,406 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future computer engineering careers

Computer engineering graduates leave university with a wealth of knowledge and skills that many employers are looking for. Most businesses value employees with computing and problem-solving skills, so most industries will be open to you when looking for a career.

Some of the roles computer engineering graduates take up include:

  • Computer programmer
  • Web engineer
  • Information systems assistant
  • Software engineer
  • Technology analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Developer

You can boost your employability by taking advantage of all the opportunities offered by your university. Consider a placement or sandwich year that lets you gain relevant work experience.