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Study programming abroad

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

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Programming degrees abroad

Programming is a popular subject that covers the designing and building of computer programs. As a programming student, you’ll learn how to program and code in a range of languages like JavaScript, PHP and ASP.NET, and you can specialize in areas like computer games programming or web programming.

You’ll get the opportunity to create new software, learn various coding skills as well as gain an understanding of industry-standard operating systems and database management systems. All programs are designed to prepare you for an exciting and varied career in an ever-expanding field.

Choosing to study programming abroad is a great way to access a wide range of different courses. Different countries and universities offer different specialties, so not only will studying overseas broaden your personal horizons, but it will also give you the best chance to find the perfect program for you.

Programming program structure

You can study programming at a range of undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It’s possible to study a diploma or certificate course which usually last one or two years. These are a good route to an entry-level career, or to a bachelor’s program.

Most bachelor’s programs are available as a BSc, which will take three or four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. If you study programming in the US, your bachelor’s will normally take four years, but you’ll also take other courses as part of a liberal arts degree.

If you already have a bachelor’s in a related subject, you can study for an MSc, which usually takes one or two years. Although there are master’s programs available in programming, most are offered in closely related subjects like gaming and computer networks.

How you’ll be assessed will vary for each module you take, but you can expect to face written exams, coursework, and portfolio work. The curriculum and program structure of your programming course will depend on the focus of the program and where you choose to study. However, some common modules you’ll study include:

  • Web programming
  • Numerical mathematics
  • Graphics
  • Programming languages
  • Game design
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Databases
  • Computing systems

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Programming study abroad programs

Programming undergraduate programs

Diploma in programming

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    Information Technology, System Programming, Embedded Programming Program - UGDip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada | Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,150 CAD
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Game Programming - AdvDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Game – Programming - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Bachelor's in programming

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    Sports Science and Performance Programming - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,520 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Information Technology (Games and Graphics Programming) - BIT RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Games Design and Development (Programming) - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Game Programming - BSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    40,551 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Games Programming - BSc (Hons) (with foundation) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,700 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in programming

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    Programming in Python - Cert Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 month
    Tuition fees per year
    1,150 EUR
    Start date
    July, August
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Associate in programming

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    Computer Application Programming - AASc 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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    Computer Programming and Application Development - AASc 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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    Programming - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Programming graduate programs

Master's in programming

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    Information Technology with Mobile Programming (12 subjects) - MIT Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,912 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Game Programming - MSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,680 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Games Programming and Visual Computing - 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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Certificate in programming

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    Game Development - Advanced Programming - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,726 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future programming careers

As a programming graduate, you’ll have a wide range of career options and opportunities available. Organizations from all over the world are constantly on the look-out for tech-savvy employees who can develop apps and software that can help serve their customers.

Some of the roles that are popular amongst programming students include:

  • Computer game programmer
  • Games designer
  • Web developer
  • Software developer
  • Project manager
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Software quality assurance engineer
  • Database administrator

Many universities offer an additional year in industry that can be a great way to help you work out what future role would be best for you. You can also make use of your university’s careers services department, who can help guide you if you’re still not sure which path is right for you.