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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
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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    Applied Computer Science: Mobile Computing - BAT (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,622 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,543 CAD

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,501 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,820 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Computing - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,453 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,453 USD

    Start date
    May, January
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    Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction - BSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Computing - BSc University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,705 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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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
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Computing Science - Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,989 CAD

    Start date
    September, 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
    10,790 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,495 CAD

    Start date
    November, September, July, April, January
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    Infrastructure and Computing Technology - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,241 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,810 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in computing

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    Web and Mobile Computing - Cert Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,393 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Scientific Computing and Simulation - 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, August
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Pathway in computing

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    Computing - FdSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,292 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,079 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,592 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computing, International Year One - UGP University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,397 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,745 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,584 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,880 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Computing graduate programs

Master's in computing

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    Computing with Work Placement - MSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Computing - MAC University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,270 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computer Science (Security and Distributed Computing) - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,964 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,600 GBP

    Start date
    September, 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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    Games Programming and Visual Computing - 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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Doctorate in computing

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    Computing - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,347 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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    Computing Science and Informatics - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,063 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    February, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, January
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    Creative Computing - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,260 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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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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Diploma in computing

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    High Performance Computing - PGDip/MSc Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma/Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,238 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,229 EUR

    Start date
    September
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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
    18,399 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Pathway in computing

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,203 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,050 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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
    9,683 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
    21,234 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,350 GBP

    Start date
    -
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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.