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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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    Management Information Systems - BSc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,120 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Information Systems - Management - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer and Information Systems - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration (Management Information Systems) - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Information Systems and Technology - BSc Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University, Russia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,000 USD
    Start date
    October
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Associate in computer information systems

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    Information Systems Security Specialist - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Information Systems - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,304 USD
    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Computer Technology: Microcomputer Systems - AASc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,155 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Information Systems - ASc Trine University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,576 USD
    Start date
    August, October, January, March, May
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    Computer Information Systems - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in computer information systems

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    Computer Systems Technician - Dip Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,015 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Computer Systems Technology – Networking - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Information Systems - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,383 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Computer Systems Technology - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,257 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Computing Studies and Information Systems - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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Certificate in computer information systems

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    Computer Information Systems - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    10,720 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Computer information systems graduate programs

Master's in computer information systems

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    Information Systems - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, 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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    Information Systems - MIS University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,000 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Engineering Management - Information Systems Track - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Geographical Information Systems - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,165 GBP
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in computer information systems

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    Information Systems - PGDip Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    26,880 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Security in Computer Systems and Communications - PGDip EURECOM, France

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    17 months
    Tuition fees per year
    6,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Computer Systems Technician – Networking - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Systems Technology - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,022 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Computer Systems Technician - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,920 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Software and Information Systems Testing - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,138 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Information Systems Security – Computers and Networking - PGCert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,322 CAD
    Start date
    January
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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.