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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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    Applied Computing - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,453 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Computer Science - Human-Centered Computing - 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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    Computer Engineering - High-performance computing - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Interdisciplinary Computing - BSc University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Computer Science: Cloud Computing and Networking - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Pathway in computing

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    Computing - International Year One - UGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,500 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,130 GBP
    Start date
    January, October
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    Computing, International Year One - UGP Nottingham Trent University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,720 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Science, Engineering and Computing (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    January, 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
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in computing

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    Computing Science - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Computing graduate programs

Master's in computing

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    Computing with International Business with Work Placement - MSc University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    21,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Digitalization, Computing and Electronics: Information Processing Science - Integrated BSc/MSc University of Oulu, Finland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Human Centered Computing - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Computing - MPhil University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,800 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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    Software Engineering for Technical Computing - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in computing

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    Human Centered Computing - 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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    Computing - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,600 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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    Computing Science and Informatics - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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    Creative Computing - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, 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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in computing

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    Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science, Pre-Masters - PGP Lancaster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    7 months
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,230 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
    Tuition fees per year
    5,506 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.