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Study Computer Science and IT Abroad

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If you're a STEM or computer science major, you may think that studying abroad isn't an option for you. Think again!

Fortunately, there's a number of computer science study abroad programs in countries around the world. From study abroad staples like Germany and the UK, to emerging destinations like Singapore and Hong Kong, computer science majors are absolutely able to spend a summer, semester, or year studying computer science abroad.

Additionally, there are programs specifically designed for non-CS majors to get hands-on experience in this increasingly popular field as well.

You have quite a few diverse locations if you’re searching to study abroad in one of the world’s best computer science universities. University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, and University of Edinburgh, all in the UK, are high up there on the U.S. News’ rankings. Joining them on the list are Switzerland’s ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and National University of Singapore.

If Asia is the “Apple” of your eye, the following universities are also top-notch: University of Tokyo and Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan and China’s Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Hong Kong, Peking University, and Tsinghua University, as well as Seoul National University in South Korea.

Location is a pretty important factor in deciding where you want to study abroad. More westernized and less exotic places are probably a better bet for you if you want to get course credit. Put it this way: if you’re likely to encounter real life pythons in a place, you’re less likely to encounter the Python coding language…

When you go is also important. You might choose to go earlier (think Sophomore year or beginning of Junior year) so that you can take the upper division, more difficult courses at home.

Remember, you don’t necessarily have to get major credit while abroad! If you plan enough in advance, you can do most of your CS requirements and home and use time abroad to fulfill more general education requirements. Another potential idea is to utilize all of those online CS course offerings, too, which you might like to take on the side while you are abroad. A summer session is also a great option if you want to get abroad without worrying about your requirements.

But keep in mind your other interests as well-- study abroad is the perfect time to investigate your non-tech interests. If you have a passion for art, Roman history or just Chinese food, study abroad is a great opportunity to do something a little different. When choosing your study abroad destination, listen to your heart, not just your course catalogue! This is your chance to take chance and see where the adventure leads you! Even for computer science majors, the best lessons come from outside the classroom.

Study abroad doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, or even just your pinky toe! There are tons of funding opportunities to help you get abroad. Your home institution might offer major-specific scholarships as well, so be sure to check with the CS or IT department at your school!

Contributed by Emma Cramer

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Dublin
CIEE
Whether your interest is in biomedical or electrical engineering, information or mechanical engineering; study abroad in Ireland affords you the oppor...
1 reviews
Sydney
ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Study in Sydney, Australia with one of the 5 universities ISA partners with! Sydney is the oldest, largest and most iconic city in all of Australia -...
12 reviews
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Be'er Sheva
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
This four-week English-taught program provides both theoretical and practical knowledge on data mining. Participants take two courses, "Advanced Metho...
0 reviews
France
CEA Study Abroad
300+ sunny days a year; world-class museums and galleries; sandy beaches... Sound good? The French Riviera is the perfect spot to hone your French lan...
6 reviews
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Brighton
University of Brighton
Brighton is an exciting, diverse city with a rich cultural history. Its close proximity to London and good travel links to Europe make it easily acces...
1 reviews
Seoul
SIT Study Abroad
Experience South Korea’s exciting digital innovation and sharing economy linking public, private, and grassroots social entrepreneurship. From the pro...
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Auckland
Unitec Institute of Technology
Come and study at NZ’s largest Institute of Technology where we are committed to being innovative in an applied learning environment. The Unitec Study...
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Los Angeles
Westcoast Connection/360° Student Travel
Popular Mechanics collaborated with Westcoast Connection/360° Student Travel to develop a STEM program for teens interested in Science, Technology, En...
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London
ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Study abroad in London, England with ISA! London, the vibrant capital of England, is also one of the world's most diverse and multicultural cities: A...
14 reviews
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Liverpool
Edge Hill University
The Study Abroad Programme at Edge Hill University is a short programme for students who wish to study in the UK at the University for one or two seme...
2 reviews
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United Kingdom
Oxford Royale Academy
Our Oxford Summer School is our longest running and most popular study option, with programmes guaranteed to pique the interest of any student aged 13...
19 reviews
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Sharjah
American University of Sharjah (AUS)
International students are welcome to take courses in all four colleges and schools at the American University of Sharjah, including: College of Archi...
10 reviews
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Limerick
AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or academic year in the charming city of Limerick, Ireland. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses at the University of L...
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Cape Town
iXperience
iXperience is the only program that embodies the optimal summer. Hosted in Cape Town, students get invaluable experience in high-demand skills that of...
10 reviews
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Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
As one of Europe’s ancient universities, we offer a combination of world-class academics, historic surroundings and unbeatable location in the heart o...
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