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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 University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,800 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering - BEng University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,412 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,986 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science (Computer Engineering) - BA/BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,929 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Engineering - BSc Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,566 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Engineering - BSc University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in computer engineering

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    Electrical/Computer Engineering - ASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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Diploma in computer engineering

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    Computer Engineering Technician - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,697 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,671 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,012 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Electronics and Computer Engineering - Cert Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,750 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Computer engineering graduate programs

Master's in computer engineering

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    Computer Engineering: Environmental - MSc California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Electrical and Computer Engineering - MEng Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,450 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,450 USD

    Start date
    February, September
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    Engineering Management - Computer Engineering Track - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    July
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    Computer Engineering - MEng University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,121 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Engineering (Electrical Engineering) - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,118 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in computer engineering

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    Computer Engineering - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    10,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    30,060 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,060 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Electrical and Computer Engineering - PhD Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,637 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,406 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Electrical and Computer Engineering - PhD Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,950 USD

    Start date
    February, 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.