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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

Bachelor's in software development

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    Computer Science - Software Development - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,186 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,186 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Game Development: Software Development - BA Trinity Western University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,191 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,260 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Health Software Development - BHealth Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,066 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,171 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    Information and Communication Technology: Software Development - BICT University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,606 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,950 AUD

    Start date
    February
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    Information Technology: Computing and Software Development - BAS Lake Washington Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,734 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,735 USD

    Start date
    January, April, July, September
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Associate in software development

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    CIS Software Development - AASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Computing and Software Development - AAS-T/AASc Lake Washington Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,635 USD

    Start date
    January, April, July, September
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Diploma in software development

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    Computer Systems Technology Software Development and Network Engineering - AdvDip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,215 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,167 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Software Development - AdvDip Focus College, Canada
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    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,190 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, September
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    Software Development - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    26,878 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,952 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Software Development - Dip Red Deer Polytechnic, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,500 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in software development

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    Software Development - AdvCert Focus College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,260 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,480 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, September
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Software development graduate programs

Master's in software development

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    Computer Science: Software Development (Non-Thesis) - MSc Troy University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,100 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Software Development and Engineering - MSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    46,980 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 46,980 USD

    Start date
    May, September, January
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,976 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,840 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Software Development Post-Diploma - GradCert Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,345 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,721 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.