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Study computer networks abroad

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

Computer networks degrees abroad

Computer networks have transformed the way we communicate, socialize, work, and trade. By studying a degree in computer networks, you’ll develop the technical knowledge and skills needed to launch a career in this exciting field.

You’ll build a solid understanding of various computer networks, including their structures, functions, and performances. As well as learning about the concepts and theories behind networking, you’ll master your practical skills in areas like programming, routing, and security.

By studying abroad, you’ll learn more about the networking technologies and systems that communities across the globe rely on. You’ll also meet new friends, make professional connections, and give your employability a huge boost.

Computer networks program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in computer networks last at least three years, but they can take up to four years to finish if you complete a placement year. Placements are a fantastic way to gain hands-on industry experience, and many internships result in graduate job offers.

If you decide to study in the US, you’ll take two years of liberal arts classes before declaring a major in computer networks at the end of your second year. Your total course length will be four years.

If you’re still keen to learn more about computer networks, you can pursue a postgraduate qualification. Some institutions offer integrated bachelor’s and master’s courses lasting four or five years, but most MSc degrees are studied independently over one or two years.

Following this, you might consider enrolling in a research-based PhD course. Doctorate degrees usually take between four and six years to finish.

You’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical workshops, and computer labs. Although module offerings vary between institutions, here are some of the core courses delivered at most universities:

  • Introduction to computers and network systems
  • Networking essentials
  • Principles of network technologies
  • Networking and security
  • Routing and switching
  • System administration and internetworking
  • Web applications
  • Network servers and services
Computer networks program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in computer networks last at least three years, but they can take up to four years to finish if you complete a placement year. Placements are a fantastic way to gain hands-on industry experience, and many internships result in graduate job offers.

If you decide to study in the US, you’ll take two years of liberal arts classes before declaring a major in computer networks at the end of your second year. Your total course length will be four years.

If you’re still keen to learn more about computer networks, you can pursue a postgraduate qualification. Some institutions offer integrated bachelor’s and master’s courses lasting four or five years, but most MSc degrees are studied independently over one or two years.

Following this, you might consider enrolling in a research-based PhD course. Doctorate degrees usually take between four and six years to finish.

You’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical workshops, and computer labs. Although module offerings vary between institutions, here are some of the core courses delivered at most universities:

  • Introduction to computers and network systems
  • Networking essentials
  • Principles of network technologies
  • Networking and security
  • Routing and switching
  • System administration and internetworking
  • Web applications
  • Network servers and services

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Computer networks study abroad programs

Computer networks undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in computer networks

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    Computer Networking and Infrastructure Security - BEng (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,569 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Networks - BSc (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,021 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Networks - BSc (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,347 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computing in Systems & Networking (Add-On) - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,581 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science (Networking) - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,367 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in computer networks

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    CIS General Networking - 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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    Networking - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in computer networks

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    Computer and Network Support Technician - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,219 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,218 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in computer networks

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    Computer Network Administrator - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,671 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,850 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computer Networks and Communications - Cert California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January
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Computer networks graduate programs

Master's in computer networks

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    Advanced Computer Networking - MSc Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,329 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computer Networking and Cyber Security - MSc London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,329 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science: Computer Networks (STEM) - MSc California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,557 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computing: Computer Networks Engineering with Placement Year - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,021 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Information Technology with Computer Networking - MIT Charles Sturt University, Brisbane, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,267 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,912 AUD

    Start date
    July, March, November
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Doctorate in computer networks

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    Mathematical and Software Support for Computers, Complexes and Computer Networks - PhD Siberian Federal University, Russia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    2,619 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 198,010 RUB

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in computer networks

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    Computer Systems Technician – Networking - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,218 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Future computer networks careers

IT is a booming global industry that shows no signs of slowing down. So many businesses and organizations around the world depend on computer networks for their everyday operations, so you’ll graduate with an unlimited array of international career prospects.

You could apply your advanced technical expertise to sectors including IT, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking, and security. Below are just some of the roles open to you:

  • Network architect
  • Network developer
  • Network engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Systems administrator
  • Network analyst
  • Applications developer
  • IT manager

If you’re unsure of what your dream job is, or how to land it, most universities have a careers office that can help. The advisors offer free and professional advice tailored to your interests and ambitions.