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Study cyber security abroad

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

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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    Applied Computing (Cybersecurity) - 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
    January, May, August
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    Computer Security and Forensics - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,101 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science - Cybersecurity - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,185 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,185 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Cybersecurity - BSc Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,600 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Cybersecurity - BSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    21,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Cybersecurity - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    CIS Cybersecurity - AASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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Diploma in cyber security

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    Cybersecurity Specialist (Co-op) - Dip Toronto School of Management, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,404 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,495 CAD

    Start date
    January, September, May
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Certificate in cyber security

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    Computer Security - Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Cybersecurity - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Cybersecurity Certificate - Cert Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,940 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,940 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    14,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    17,055 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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Cyber security graduate programs

Master's in cyber security

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    Engineering Management - Cybersecurity Track - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Cybersecurity - MSc Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    38,876 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,876 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Cyber Security and Forensic Information Technology - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,002 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,865 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Internet of Things with Cyber Security - MSc Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,101 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Cyber Security - MSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,830 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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Doctorate in cyber security

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    Cyber Security - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,125 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,750 GBP

    Start date
    February, June, October
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,434 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in cyber security

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    Cyber Security - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,266 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,515 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Cybersecurity - PGCert RMIT University, Australia
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,876 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,520 AUD

    Start date
    January, October
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    Cybersecurity Post-Diploma - GradCert Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    26,581 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,786 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Cybersecurity - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,006 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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.