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Study data science abroad

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

Data science degrees abroad

Data science is an emerging subject that is growing in popularity among students, and it’s not hard to see why. As data becomes more valuable to businesses around the world, skilled data science graduates who can interpret and extract meaning from it are highly sought after.

Data science is a combination of statistics and computer science, so is a great option for those with a love of computing, numbers and an analytical mind. Degree programs in data science are relatively new, but studying abroad can give you access to some of the best courses in the world.

By choosing to study data science abroad, not only will you expand you choose of programs, you’ll also get to experience a new country and culture. Studying abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons, make new friends, improve your language skills and get a fantastic degree.

Data science program structure

Degrees in data science are relatively new, so the framework and curriculum for each program will differ from university to university. As a rule, data science combines elements of computer science, statistics and maths.

It is possible to study data science at undergraduate level, and is offered as a BSc which can be studied over three or four years, depending on the country. Postgraduate data science degrees are more common, with master’s degrees available in many countries around the world.

Many students choose to study a related bachelor’s degree, for example computer science or mathematics, and then study a master’s in data science over one or two years. It is also possible to study data science at the doctorate level, which can last up to five you to complete.

Some of the subject areas and modules you could study include:

  • Programming
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Software engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Algorithms
  • Systems architecture
  • Big data

Types of data science degrees

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Data science study abroad programs

Data science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in data science

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    Applied Mathematics: Data Science and Cryptography - BSc John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,436 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,436 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Data Science with Applied Business Informatics - BSc (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,264 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science (Data Science) - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,481 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science - Data Science Concentration - BSc California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,647 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,647 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Science: Data Science - BA/BSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in data science

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    Advancing University Studies: Data Science - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,751 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,013 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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Data science graduate programs

Master's in data science

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    Applied Data Science - MSc Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,090 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Data Science - MSc Fairfield University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    47,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,650 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Science: Data Science - MSc University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,850 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,500 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Data Science with Integrated Master's - MSci Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,264 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Biological Data Science - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,450 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,450 USD

    Start date
    August
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Doctorate in data science

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    Business Administration: Information and Data Science - DBA Alliant International University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,610 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,610 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in data science

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    Applied Data Science - PGDipADS University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,328 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,250 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Computer Science: Data Science - MSc/PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's/Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    29,277 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in data science

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    Data Science - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,581 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,015 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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Future data science careers

The skills you will earn during a data science degree will make you highly sought after by employers, and there are several roles and career paths you can pursue. Some of the most popular roles data science graduates go into include:

  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Data engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Statistician

Your degree will make you highly employable, with many lucrative career options. If you know what role you want after graduation, make sure the program you choose is geared towards that specific area.