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Study computer information systems abroad

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

Information systems degrees abroad

Information systems is the study of how computers and digital technology can be used to improve the operation of companies and organizations.

As an information systems student, you’ll learn about how the technology works, and how it can be applied to maximize efficiency and productivity in various business and commercial settings.

Every country views and uses technology differently. By studying information systems abroad, you’ll encounter developments, trends, and viewpoints that you wouldn’t have found in your home country. You’ll network with international professionals and gain a global understanding of one of the fastest advancing fields in the world.

Information systems program structure

At undergraduate level, you’ll study a BSc in information systems over three or four years, depending on your university. After completing your bachelor’s degree, you can progress onto a one or two year master’s program. If you want to gain a PhD, these take roughly five years of additional study.

Information systems is sometimes studied in alongside another related subject, such as computer science or business management. A joint honors program is a great way of tailoring your studies to your interests.

Most information systems programs will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory work. Exams, essays, presentations, and reports will likely be used to assess your knowledge and understanding.

The content of information systems programs can vary widely between countries and institutions, so it’s important to look closely at what you’ll be expected to study. Here are some common core modules and electives:

  • Information systems design and development
  • Database design and application
  • Business management
  • Information in organizations
  • Devices and networks
  • Computing ethics and laws
  • Systems building

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Information systems study abroad programs

Computer information systems undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in computer information systems

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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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    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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    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 Information Systems - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Computer Science - Computer Systems - 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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Associate in computer information systems

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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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    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 Technology – Networking - Dip 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 - Dip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,257 CAD
    Start date
    September
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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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    Management and Information Systems - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,500 GBP
    Start date
    October
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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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    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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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 information systems careers

Companies are always keen to recruit information systems graduates who know how to utilize technology to benefit businesses.

Your skills and innovative ideas would be extremely useful in most organizational settings, but here are some of the common careers that graduates pursue:

  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Application analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Software engineer
  • Applications developer
  • IT salesperson
  • Business analyst

If you’re unsure about future career paths, most universities have a career service that will be able to support you with options and advice. Participating in work experience opportunities might also help you narrow down your interests.