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Study computing abroad

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

Computing degrees abroad

Computing is a vital part of the modern world, and effective data communication is essential to every organization. It is a highly lucrative and exciting field, and it’s no surprise that computing and computer science degrees are among the most popular for international students to study.

Computing programs will cover current theories, techniques and issues, and aim to give you practical skills needed for you to pursue a related career or further relevant academic study. If you have a passion for computers and data, with an inquiring and analytical mind, a degree in computing could be right for you.

Choosing to study computing overseas means you’ll be able to choose from some of the very best programs in the world. It will show potential employers that you’re able to adapt to new environments and give you a global perspective on the subject.

Computing program structure

Computing degrees can share a lot of similarities with similar programs like computer science or information technology. At many universities computing students will share most classes with students from similar courses, with only a few modules being different.

You can study computing at bachelor’s levels as a BSc, and some universities offer a BEng. The main difference between the qualifications is that a BEng will usually be accredited by an engineering body.

If you study in the US, you can choose to study computing as your major together with general studies and other minor subjects. Bachelor’s typically take three or four years to complete depending on the university or country you’re studying in.

At postgraduate level you can study for an MSc in computing over one or two years, and doctorate level qualifications like PhDs are also available.

The modules and topics covered on a computing program will be different at each university, but here are some common areas you can expect to study:

  • Computer networking
  • Programming languages
  • Software design
  • Computer development
  • Database design
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Operating systems
  • Business intelligence

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Computing study abroad programs

Computing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in computing

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    Computer Science: Cloud Computing and Networking - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Applied Computer Science: Mobile Computing - BAT (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,389 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,543 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Computing - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,174 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Forensic Computing and Security - BSc (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,805 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computing: Computer Systems Engineering - BSc (Hons) University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,668 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,900 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in computing

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    Science and Computing Science - Dual ASc/Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,939 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in computing

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    Computing Science - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,250 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Computing (Fundamentals of Masters Qualifier) - Dip (with foundation) Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,671 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,500 EUR

    Start date
    January
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    Computing Support - Dip Flair College of Management and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,684 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,495 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, September, November
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    Science and Computing Science - Dual ASc/Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,939 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in computing

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    Computing - Cert (with foundation) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Web and Mobile Computing - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,250 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in computing

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    Computing, International Year One - UGP Nottingham Trent University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,421 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,720 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computing, International Year One - UGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,983 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,130 GBP

    Start date
    January, October
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    Computing - International Year One - UGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,337 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computing - FdSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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    Computing (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Computing graduate programs

Master's in computing

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    Computing: Internet Technology and Security - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Computing and the Arts - MA SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,248 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,800 EUR

    Start date
    March
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    Computing (International Conversion Masters) - MSc Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,129 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Computing - MSc (with foundation) Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,620 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Games Programming and Visual Computing - MSc Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,147 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in computing

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    Computing - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,052 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,800 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Technical and Applied Computing - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,079 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Human Centered Computing - 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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    Computing Science and Informatics - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,873 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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Certificate in computing

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    Secondary Computing - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,216 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in computing

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    Engineering and Computing, Pre-Masters - PGP Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,587 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,000 GBP

    Start date
    March, May
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    Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science, Pre-Masters - PGP Lancaster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,023 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,350 GBP

    Start date
    -
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    Computing, Pre-Master’s - PGP Nottingham Trent University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,230 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    International Pre-Masters for MSc in Computing - PGP Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,129 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Future computing careers

The skills that you will learn and develop on a computing program are in high demand with employers around the world. All organizations rely on computer experts, so you won’t be short of career options after graduation.

Here are some of the most common jobs for computing graduates:

  • Web developer
  • Development engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Software developer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Database administrator

If you know what career you want to pursue after graduation, try and choose the degree program that most suits your ambitions.