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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
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

Bachelor's in programming

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    Computer Games Programming - BSc (Hons) University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,308 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,680 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Games Programming - BSc (Hons) University of Suffolk, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,310 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,790 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Programming - BSc Juniata College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,770 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Game Programming - BSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Games Design and Development (Programming) - BSc (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,367 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in programming

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    Advanced Computer Programming - ASc Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    CIS / Computer Programming - ASc Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    CIS Computer Programming - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Application Programming - AASc 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
    September, January
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    Computer Programming - ASc 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
    August, January
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Diploma in programming

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    Computer Programming - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,518 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,157 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computer Programming - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,323 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Digital Media and IT: Game Programming - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,515 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,404 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Game – Programming - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,218 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Information Technology with Co-op, Software Development, General Programming - UGDip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,795 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,000 CAD

    Start date
    July, October, April, January
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Certificate in programming

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    Advanced Computer Programming - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Android Programming - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Programming Languages - 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
    August, January
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Programming graduate programs

Master's in programming

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    Game Programming - MSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,680 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,680 USD

    Start date
    September, March, January
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    Games Programming and Visual Computing - MSc Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,329 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Information Technology with Mobile Programming - MIT Charles Sturt University, Brisbane, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,267 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,912 AUD

    Start date
    March, November, July
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    Information Technology with Mobile Programming (12 subjects) - MIT Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,267 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,912 AUD

    Start date
    November, July, March
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    Information Technology with Mobile Programming (12 subjects) - MIT Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,267 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,912 AUD

    Start date
    March, November, July
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,374 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,726 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Game Development Advanced Programming - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,020 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,790 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.