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Study Computer Science abroad

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

Computer science degrees abroad

Computer science is the study of computers, computation and information. It’s all about understanding computer systems, and taking a scientific approach to their applications.

It’s also one of the most popular subjects for international students to study overseas. It’s a fast-paced and ever changing field, and choosing to study a computer science degree abroad can expose you to new technologies and approaches.

Computer science program structure

Computer science can be defined differently by different universities; some may use computer science to refer to information technology degrees, while others use it as an umbrella term to cover several degree areas that involve computers and technology.

This means the program curriculum can vary greatly between countries and universities, so it’s important to take a close look at the structure and scope before you apply. Here are some of the topics you can expect to cover:

  • Computing fundamentals
  • Programming languages
  • Algorithms
  • Continuous mathematics
  • Machine learning
  • Computer architecture
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Software engineering

You’ll have the opportunity after your first year to select optional modules that will help you personalize your degree. This means you can choose to study the areas that most interest you and best suit your career aspirations.

Computer science degrees are largely assessed through exam papers, but most programs will also include individual project work supported by small classes and personal tutors. There is also often the opportunity to work on real world problems, supported by local industry.

Types of computer science degrees

Computer science contains a number of disciplines and specializations that you can choose to study at degree level. Some common computer science subdisciplines you could study include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer forensics
  • Software engineering
  • Information systems

If you would rather focus your studies on one specific area, it may be worth considering one of these courses.

Why study computer science abroad

It’s no wonder that computer science is one of the most studied subjects at universities all over the world. As the world around us becomes more and more digitized, the demand for computer scientists has never been higher, and the career opportunities after graduation are plentiful.

Choosing to study computer science overseas means you’ll be able to choose from a huge range of programs, from some of the world’s most respected universities and colleges. It will also expose you to a new culture and approach which could broaden your understanding of the subject.

Making the huge step of studying computer science abroad will also help you stand out when it comes to finding a career after your degree. It will show employers that you’re able to adapt to new environments, and it will give you a unique international perspective.

Where to study computer science abroad

Working out where you want to study computer science is a huge decision, and there are many factors to consider while you choose:

  • If you want to remain in the country after graduation to work, consider which location offers the best career prospects
  • Also think about how long you want to study for - in some countries you can gain a bachelor’s degree in three years, in many others it will take at least four
  • Make sure you choose a country that you’ll be happy living in for at least three years, so think about things like the climate and culture

Read our guide on choosing where to study abroad for more help on making the right decision for you.

Best countries to study computer science

When it comes to the countries with the best ranked and most respected computer science programs abroad, the US and UK are seen as at the head of the pack.

However, the chasing pack include Switzerland, which offers some of the very best courses available anywhere in the world.

Asia is also at the forefront, with Singapore, China and Hong Kong all offering top ranked programs. This is also an area of the world famous for being at the cutting edge of technology, which means you’ll have the latest tech at your fingertips.

Best universities to study computer science

When deciding which university is best to study computer science, it’s important to remember that the content of each university’s program is likely to be very different.

Therefore make sure you look carefully at the structure and curriculum of the program and make sure it’s right for you and your career aspirations. Don’t just apply to the best ranked computer science universities in the country you want to study in without checking the program details first.

You should also think about what you want from your university experience. Do you want to study at a traditional campus university and to live in residence halls? Would you rather live in a big city, or a quieter area? Do you want lots of sports and societies that you can get involved in?

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Computer science study abroad programs

There are several different types and levels of computer science degrees that you can study abroad. At undergraduate level you can study a bachelor’s as a BSc, or some offer a BEng. There is often no difference between the two, other than a BEng may be accredited by an engineering body. A computer science bachelor’s will take three or four years to complete.

As a graduate you can study for an MSc in computer science, which usually take one or two years depending on the country you’re studying in. If you want to continue your education after a master’s, you can study an MPhil or PhD in computer science, which can be completed in between two and four years.

Computer science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in computer science

  • Long Island University Post Logo

    Computer Science Long Island University Post, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 35,736 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, September
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    Computer Science Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 30,634 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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    Computer Science University of Kentucky, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,050 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Computer Science University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 20,700 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 5 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Vermont Logo

    Computer Science University of Vermont, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 41,280 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Pathway in computer science

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    Computer Science, International Year One University of Lincoln, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 12,910 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September, October
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  • University of Huddersfield Logo

    Engineering & Computer Science, International Year One University of Huddersfield, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,500 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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  • Leeds Beckett University Logo

    Computer Science (Foundation) Leeds Beckett University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 10,900 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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Top-Up in computer science

  • London South Bank University Logo

    Computer Science London South Bank University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,780 GBP
    • Program type Top-Up
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Associate in computer science

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    Computer Science Oklahoma City Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 7,552 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Computer science graduate programs

Master's in computer science

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    Computer Science (Cybersecurity) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 25,118 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Helsinki Logo

    Computer Science University of Helsinki, Finland

    • Tuition fees per year 15,000 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Computer Science University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 21,600 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • Linköping University Logo

    Computer Science Linköping University, Sweden

    • Tuition fees per year 19,000 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Computer Science RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 35,520 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year 6 months
    • Start date February, July
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Doctorate in computer science

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    Computer Science RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 33,600 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics Logo

    Mathematics and Computer Science Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    • Tuition fees per year 9,000 EUR
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, September
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  • Koç University Logo

    Computer Science and Engineering Koç University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 0 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Pace University Logo

    Computer Science Pace University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 17,600 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • University of Nicosia Logo

    Computer Science University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    • Tuition fees per year 4,500 EUR
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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Certificate in computer science

  • University of Central Arkansas Logo

    Computer Science, Teaching and Learning University of Central Arkansas, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 9,648 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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Entry requirements to study computer science abroad

The specific computer science degree requirements for each program will vary based on the country and university you’re applying to, but as a general rule you’ll need:

  • To have completed secondary education in your home country with strong grades in relevant subjects, usually including mathematics
  • A personal statement that outlines your interest in the computer science
  • Satisfactory English language proficiency test scores
  • Academic references
  • A bachelor’s degree, usually in computer science or a related field, to study at postgraduate level

Make sure you check the requirements for your chosen program carefully before you apply. Some universities may ask for examples of your work, for example any programming you’ve done.

In some countries you’ll need to apply through a centralized application service, where as in many countries you’ll need to apply directly to the university or college. Here is more information on how to study abroad.

Future computer science careers

One of the most attractive aspects of a computer science degree is that the skills it will give you are in high demand. Every industry needs tech-savvy employees, so you’ll have plenty of career options with a computer science degree.

Here’s some of the most common computer science degree jobs:

  • IT consultant
  • Software developer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Web developer
  • Information security analyst
  • Project manager
  • Database administrator

If you know what you want to do, work out what skills that career needs and make sure you choose a program that covers them.