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Study computer information systems abroad

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

Computer information systems degrees abroad

As a computer information systems (CIS) student, you’ll learn how to apply technology to commercial and business settings.

As well as building a solid understanding of computer science, databases, and systems analysis, classes in business and managerial communications will prepare you for workplace success. You’ll graduate with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills needed to meet the needs of modern-day companies.

Technology is a booming global industry that shows no signs of slowing down. By studying abroad, you’ll see how businesses across the world rely on the work of CIS specialists for operational efficiency. The professional connections you make and the global perspective you’ll gain will improve your employability.

Computer information systems program structure

At undergraduate level, you’ll study a BSc in information systems over three or four years, depending Bachelor’s degrees in computer information systems last at least three years, but most universities offer a four-year placement option. Industrial placements are valuable opportunities to put what you’ve learned into practice and explore future career prospects.

If the US is your dream study abroad destination, you’ll probably opt to major in CIS as part of your four-year undergraduate degree. After completing two years of liberal arts classes, you’ll concentrate on CIS-specific modules.

If you want to sharpen your skills in a particular strand of CIS, postgraduate qualifications are available. Master’s degrees can be studied across one or two years, with research-oriented PhDs adding a further four to six years on top.

Teaching is mainly delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, and computer laboratories. Assessment methods depend on module selections, but exams, reports, and project work are common.

Most institutions offer a range of elective modules, so customizing your degree to suit your interests is easy. However, you’ll still be required to take core units in the following areas:

  • Information systems management
  • Networking theory and practice
  • Foundations of programming
  • Web technologies
  • User experience and requirements
  • Systems administration and maintenance
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Computer security

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Computer information systems study abroad programs

Computer information systems undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in computer information systems

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    Information Systems & e-Commerce - BBA Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,521 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,529 CAD

    Start date
    -
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    Information Systems Engineering - BEng Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,250 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Information Systems - BSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Business Administration, emphasis in information systems - BAAS/BBA Eastern New Mexico University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,128 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,128 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Information Systems - BSc LeTourneau University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    -
    Annual tuition fee
    29,630 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,630 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in computer information systems

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    Computer Information Systems - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Computer Information Systems - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Applied Computer Information Systems - ASc Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    CIS / Computer Programming - ASc Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    CIS Microsoft Networks: MCSE - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in computer information systems

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    Computer Systems Technology Software Development and Network Engineering (Co-op) - AdvDip (with placement) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    40 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,167 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Information Systems - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,877 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Computer and Information Systems: Emerging Technology - PBcDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,168 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    May, September
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    Computer Information Systems - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,831 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Computer Systems Technology – Networking - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,012 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in computer information systems

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    Applied Computer Information Systems - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Computer Information Systems - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,438 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Information Systems - Cert College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Computer Systems Analysis - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Computer information systems graduate programs

Master's in computer information systems

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    Information Systems - MSc Linnaeus University, Sweden
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,519 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 146,000 SEK

    Start date
    September
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    Information Systems Management - MSc Seattle Pacific University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,604 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Information Systems - MBA Central Michigan University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,916 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,916 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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    Information Systems - MIS Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,893 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,024 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Information Systems - MSc Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,637 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,406 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in computer information systems

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    Information Systems - 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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Diploma in computer information systems

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    Computer Systems Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,612 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,022 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Information Systems - PGDip Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,781 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,880 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Computer Systems Technician – Networking - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    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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    Security in Computer Systems and Communications - PGDip EURECOM, France

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    17 months
    Annual tuition fee
    7,286 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Systems Technician - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,009 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,257 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in computer information systems

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    Information Systems - PGCert Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,762 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Information Systems Security – Computers and Networking - PGCert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,486 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,322 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Software and Information Systems Testing - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,490 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,138 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Future computer information systems careers

With almost every organization depending on digital information systems for their daily operations, you could apply your knowledge and expertise across endless sectors and industries.

Your technical skills, commercial awareness, and problem-solving abilities will make you the ideal candidate for any of the following roles:

  • Information systems manager
  • Systems administrator
  • Database manager
  • Software engineer
  • IT technical support officer
  • Systems analyst
  • Web developer
  • Security consultant

The technology industry is facing a global skills shortage, so employers are always looking to train up enthusiastic and talented individuals. Consider participating in some relevant work experience at the weekends or during your university holidays. You never know, it could lead to a graduate job offer.