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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.

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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

Software Development study abroad programs

Software development undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in software development

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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
    21,046 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,046 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, July
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    Business Information Technology: Software Development - BBA Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    42 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,305 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 EUR

    Start date
    January, August
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    Computer Information Systems: Software Development - BIS University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,432 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,718 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Computer Science: Software Development - BSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    43,665 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,665 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Honours Bachelor of Technology: Software Development - BSc (Tech) Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,592 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,937 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Associate in software development

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    Computing and Software Development - AAS-T Lake Washington Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,485 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,485 USD

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

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    Computer Systems Technology: Software Development - OCADip Mohawk College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,179 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,006 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Software Development - AdvDip Focus College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,654 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,190 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, April, July
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    Software Development - Dip Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,401 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,141 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Software Development (Co-op) - Dip College of the North Atlantic, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,944 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,488 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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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
    11,330 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,480 CAD

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

Master's in software development

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    Computer Science: Software Development - MSc Mercy University, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    31,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,950 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Computer Science: 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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    Computer Science: Software Development (DEV) - MCS Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,742 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,742 USD

    Start date
    October, January, March, July, August, May
    Show program overview about Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS): Software Development (DEV)
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    Software Development and Engineering - MSc Pace University (in partnership with Kaplan International), 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
    January, May
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    Software Development: International Systems - MSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,300 EUR

    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.