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Study cyber security abroad

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

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Cyber security degrees abroad

In today’s digital world, cyber attacks are amongst the biggest threats to national security. As such, cyber security programs have been designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge they’ll need to prevent cybercrime.

As a cyber security student, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of how cyber systems should work, but also how they might be compromised. You’ll learn how to build secure software, safely send and store data, monitor the activity of cyberterrorists, and resolve attacks. You’ll also get to grips with the laws and ethics surrounding cyber security.

By earning your degree abroad, you’ll see how countries around the world protect themselves from hackers, viruses, and attacks. You’ll be introduced to new systems, software, and techniques, molding you into a more experienced, informed, and adaptable professional. As well as developing professionally, you’ll undergo tremendous personal growth as you travel the world and make new friends.

Cyber security program structure

There are plenty of ways to study cyber security. Undergraduate programs are usually offered as a BSc and last a minimum of three years. However, most universities recommend that students undertake an additional 12-month placement during their studies. As such, four-year bachelor’s programs are common.

Once you’ve got your bachelor’s under your belt, you can go on to study an MSc. Master’s programs are usually completed within a year, but they can be studied on a part-time basis over two years.

If you want to achieve the highest formal degree possible, you can enroll in a PhD program. These research-based courses typically require five or six years of study.

Cyber security programs aim to provide students with a solid theoretical and practical grounding in the field. Consequently, you’ll attend a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, and hands-on laboratories.

The content of your cyber security course will largely depend on where you choose to study. However, most programs across the globe will offer classes in these core areas:

  • Cyber threat intelligence and incident response
  • Software and security management
  • Cryptography
  • Security design principles
  • Computer law and ethics
  • Cyber defense
  • Cyber threats
  • Computer networks and systems

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Cyber security study abroad programs

Cyber security undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in cyber security

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    Information Technology (Cyber Security) - BSc Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Science - Cybersecurity - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,185 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Systems Engineering (Cybersecurity) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Cyber Security and Forensic Computing - BSc (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,600 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Cyber Security Management - BSc (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in cyber security

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    Computer Security (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Cyber Security - FdSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 GBP
    Start date
    September, February
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Certificate in cyber security

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    Cybersecurity Certificate - Cert Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,940 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Cybersecurity - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Security - Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in cyber security

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    Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics - ASc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,870 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Science: Cybersecurity - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Cyber Security/Network Technology - ASc Montana State University Billings, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,010 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Cybersecurity - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Cyber security graduate programs

Master's in cyber security

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    Cyber Security - MSc Bay Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Science (Cybersecurity) - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Cyber Security - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Cyber Security - MCS University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    36,490 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Engineering Management - Cybersecurity Track - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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Diploma in cyber security

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    Cyber Security - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,434 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in cyber security

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    Cybersecurity - PGCert RMIT University, Australia | Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,520 AUD
    Start date
    January, October
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    Cyber Security - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,515 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Cybersecurity - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future cyber security careers

Governments, businesses, and organizations are facing more cyber threats than ever before. Therefore, cyber security graduates are in high demand across private and public sectors.

Here are some of the most popular roles amongst graduates:

  • Cyber security engineer
  • Cyber security consultant
  • Network security administrator
  • Information security officer
  • Secure software developer
  • Threat analyst
  • Web programmer
  • IT manager

If you’re struggling to find the right career path for you, talk to your university’s career service. They’ll help you narrow down your options and secure some work experience.