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Study software development abroad

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

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Software development degrees abroad

Software development degrees prepare students with the theoretical and practical skills needed to forge a successful career in IT. It’s a subject that blends elements of computer science, engineering, and mathematics.

You’ll study the concepts and principles behind software development and put them into practice as you design, build, test, and maintain software programs. You’ll produce high-quality software that meets the needs of users, improves efficiency, and solves problems.

Software development is one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors. Studying overseas will put you at the forefront of new developments and technological advances. Not only will you gain a global understanding of the field and connect with international experts, but you’ll also make new friends, travel the world, and create lifelong memories.

Software development program structure

You can study software development at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A BSc is studied over a minimum of three years, although most universities will encourage you to complete an additional year in industry between your second and final year of study. As such, bachelor’s degrees lasting up to four years are common.

If you choose to study in the US, you’ll major or minor in software development. This means that you’ll invest time and credits in software-specific modules, alongside working on your general education. Once you’ve gained your bachelor’s, you can go on to pursue postgraduate qualifications. A master’s degree can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which typically takes around five years to complete.

Teaching and assessment methods will differ depending on the modules you’re studying. As a general rule, you’ll be expected to attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical workshops in computer labs. Assessment largely focuses on individual development projects, but you’ll also complete written exams, essays, and presentations.

The content of software development programs varies from university to university, depending on the specialist elective modules on offer. However, you can expect to find these core topic areas:

  • Software development theory and practice
  • Application programming and development
  • Algorithms and programming fundamentals
  • Usability
  • Software security
  • Operating systems
  • Software quality and testing
  • Managing software quality and process

Types of software development degrees

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Software development study abroad programs

Software development undergraduate programs

Diploma in software development

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    Information Technology with Co-op, Software Development, Graphic and Web Development - Dip Institute of Technology Development of Canada, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,000 CAD
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Computer Programmer - Dip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,257 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Bachelor's in software development

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    Computer Science - Software Development - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Computer Games (Software Development) - BSc (Hons) Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science - Software Development - BSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    40,551 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Multi - Platform Software Development - BA University of Mount Union, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,700 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Science: Software Development - BSc Freed-Hardeman University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,950 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Software development graduate programs

Master's in software development

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    Software Development and Engineering - MSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    46,980 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in software development

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    Enterprise Software Development - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,840 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future software development careers

Thanks to the booming global ICT industry, software development graduates have excellent employment prospects. Your skills in creativity, design, and problem-solving will make you an in-demand candidate across a range of employers and sectors. Some of the most popular careers pursued by graduates include:

  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Software tester
  • Applications analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Web developer
  • Game developer
  • IT consultant

Keeping up-to-date with sector developments and gaining hands-on industry experience will give you the edge over other candidates when you apply for graduate positions. Speak with your university’s career service about the benefits of securing some work experience or an internship.