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Study information security abroad

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

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Information security degrees abroad

As the globe becomes increasingly digitized, safeguarding digital information from security threats has never been more important. By enrolling in an information security program, you’ll learn how to safely store, protect, and transmit data.

You’ll take classes in everything from cryptography and network security, to cyber law, and software development. You’ll analyze specific threats like software corruption, fraud, hacking, and terrorism, before considering how they can be managed and eradicated.

Businesses, organizations, and governments exchange huge quantities of digital information at the international level every day. By studying abroad, you’ll appreciate the sophistication of global communications systems, as well as seeing first-hand how threats to electronic data are managed around the world.

Information security program structure

You can study a BSc in information security over three years, or four years if you participate in a 12-month placement. Sandwich years are one of the best ways to consolidate your knowledge, gain industry insight, and build your professional skills.

If you opt to pursue your bachelor’s in the US, you’ll follow the four-year liberal arts model. This means completing two years of general education, before majoring in information security at the end of your second year.

Master’s degrees in information security are widely available and extremely popular amongst students looking to take their knowledge and employability to the next level. They typically take one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

You can take your education further still by completing a doctorate degree. These research-focused programs usually take between four and six years to finish.

Information security programs blend theoretical lectures, seminars, and tutorials with practical laboratories and workshops. While no two programs cover exactly the same content, most universities will introduce students to the following core units:

  • Introduction to information security
  • Information security risk assessment and management
  • Cryptography and security mechanisms
  • Computer and operating systems security
  • Security technologies and software
  • Digital forensics
  • Security testing
  • Cyber law and ethics

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Information security study abroad programs

Information security undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in information security

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    Information Security - BSc Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University, Russia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,000 USD
    Start date
    October
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    Business (Information Security) - BA 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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    Information Security - BSc Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,860 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Science and Information Security - BSc John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,436 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Information Security - BSc North-Caucasus Federal University, Russia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,850 USD
    Start date
    September
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Information security graduate programs

Master's in information security

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    Information Security and IT Management - MSc Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Information Security - MSc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,912 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in information security

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    Information Security Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,022 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future information security careers

In our fast-paced technical world, all businesses and organizations must protect the computerized information they hold about consumers and company processes. Therefore, you’ll graduate with a range of exciting career prospects in a vast array of sectors.

Your outstanding IT, analytical, and problem-solving skills will make you a frontrunner for roles including:

  • Chief information security officer
  • Information security analyst
  • Information security crime investigator
  • IT security engineer
  • Security software developer
  • Cryptographer
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Information security consultant

Most universities have dedicated careers advisors who’ll be happy to discuss future plans and ambitions with you. They can also point you in the direction of work experience opportunities and help you sharpen your interview techniques.