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Top Places to Study Abroad If You’re Looking for a Tech Career

Computer science and technology are rapidly becoming the most sought-after areas of study as modern advances propel our world into the future. Initially, degrees in these fields were good to have, but now, it’s almost necessary for younger generations to have some sort of experience in science and tech as these two fields intersect in some way with most industries today.

Luckily, hundreds of colleges and universities offer programs and degrees in computer science and IT—thousands if you consider studying abroad. In fact, studying abroad is ideal for those looking to work in tech as it can offer you a unique experience that can broaden your perspective and allow you to learn and work with global leaders and changemakers in these fields. 

This article will look at some areas of study within the computer science and technology fields and the best places to study abroad to pursue these interests. 

Areas of Study for Those Interested in a Tech Career

Some various degrees and programs fall within the tech category. If you know you want to have a tech degree but aren’t exactly sure what to study specifically, you can always opt for a general degree in computer science, engineering, or information technology (IT).  Many students start there and then narrow down their field of study once they have had the opportunity to learn about various fields and gain more specific interests. 

Some common careers that students pursue after studying tech include computer programming, software engineering, and data science. However, as a whole, nearly every industry requires professionals with experience in tech, so if you don’t want to work specifically for a tech or science company, there are numerous other options available. For example, cybersecurity, fintech, the automotive industry, and even supply chain management are all areas that look for students with experience in computer science and IT. 

Today, most new cars have complex computer systems, especially those with self-driving tech. So the automotive industry isn’t just for engineers, but they need computer scientists and IT specialists as well. This is a great option for students who are interested in cars but who have more computer science and tech skills versus engineering.

There has also been a significant shift in the financial industry in recent years, with many banks and financial brands going completely digital or seeking new ways to provide digital services to appeal to modern, tech-savvy consumers. Thus, many financial brands, or fintechs, are seeking people with tech experience to help them modernize their companies and develop new financial technologies and systems. 

As more and more companies go digital with optimized processes and advanced systems, the supply chain process has also gone high-tech. The E-commerce industry especially has propelled supply chain management forward in recent years to ensure a smooth and efficient process for consumers. This means supply chain managers aren’t just warehouse workers; they are professionals with management, digital software, and IT experience. 

If you want to study something more tech-forward, but don’t just want a standard job in computer programming, then a degree in cybersecurity might be for you. Cybersecurity specialists help companies across all industries protect themselves and their customers from cyber attacks and security breaches. So, you could work at just about any kind of company—even a beauty or wellness brand—while holding a position in tech as a cybersecurity specialist. 

Where to Study Abroad If You Are Interested in Computer Science and Technology

Most countries today have upper-level academic institutions and universities that offer degrees and programs in computer science and IT. However, some countries are leading the way in tech more than others. So, while you can technically study abroad just about anywhere, there might be some places that are better than others, depending on your specific area of interest. 

Overall, Asia is an excellent choice for studying abroad if you are interested in a tech career. Some of the best tech companies and technological advancements have come out of Asia, and in recent years, the region has accounted for 52% of global growth in tech. 

Some of the best countries to study abroad in Asia include:

  • Japan: As a whole, Japan is one of the leaders in the world economy and has numerous universities that offer English-speaking programs in tech. It has also been one of the most popular destinations for international students for decades. 
  • Singapore: The city-state of Singapore has a top-tier education system, with some of the top universities offering a wide range of degrees and programs. Singapore is also an international hub, meaning it is ideal for study abroad students looking to expand their knowledge and experience new cultures. 
  • China: Like Japan, China also has one of the largest and fastest-growing economies, meaning it has a lot to offer. It is also a popular destination for international students due to its vast population, landscape, and professional opportunities. 
  • South Korea: This is another ideal location in Asia for those interested in studying abroad because it has a highly-developed education system. And not only does South Korea offer students a rigorous academic experience, but it also boasts some of the most stunning scenery and a booming economy. 

While many parts of Asia are excellent study abroad options for tech as a whole, if you want to gain experience in a more specific field of study, you may want to look into other places to visit. For example, the below locations are excellent choices if you are interested in a career in the fintech industry:

  • The UK
  • Lithuania
  • The USA
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Estonia

If you are interested in a tech career in the automotive industry, you should set your sights on Japan. Japan is a world leader in the automotive industry, especially where advanced car technologies are concerned. This country has consistently been one of the top global auto manufacturers since the 60s, and production and innovation continue to increase year after year. 

If a tech job in supply and demand is calling your name, some of the best places to study abroad for supply chain management include

  • New Zealand
  • Germany
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Morocco

Final Thoughts

The world is full of opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in tech. As our economy advances, most companies require professionals who have a degree in computer science or information technology. So there is no need to limit yourself necessarily to only working for a tech or science-focused company. 

And if you are interested in studying abroad to advance your skills and learn from leaders in your chosen area of study, there are numerous options available. If money is an issue, don’t let your financial situation stop you. Many places offer government-funded scholarships for international students because international travel and study abroad programs are good for the economy.

Huge thanks to Frankie Wallace for this guest post. Frankie Wallace is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys writing about education, personal development, and technology. Frankie spends her free time cultivating her zero waste garden or off hiking in the mountains of the PNW with her loved ones.

Interview With A Computer Science Student

We caught up with Luke, a Computer Science student at the University of Cardiff who is currently doing a year in industry before returning to University to finish his degree. We asked him what it’s like to be a Computer Science student and his hopes for the future.

Tell us a little about yourself

“Hi, my name’s Luke- I’m a Computer Science student at Cardiff University and I’m currently on a year in industry as a React/React Native contractor. I chose to contract as it gives you the flexibility to choose and change where you’re working and what you’re doing. React is a framework built on JavaScript, a language mostly used to automate websites. But, thanks to React Native, it is also starting to be used for apps. It’s certainly on the rise as this means you only need to have one codebase to make apps for both Android and iOS.”

Luke (back middle) with his University friends

Why did you choose to study computer science?

“Computer Science has always appealed to me – I taught myself to program when I was 14 to make Minecraft Mods. I got bored of that but I got into making websites and then a bit later on some apps. Not everyone seems to be the same though – about 50% of people had never touched a line of code before coming here, they teach you right from the basics. I’ll never be sure why I like the subject so much. I was always interested in building and creating things since a young age, and I guess code is like building things in a different way. If I didn’t do Computer Science I’d probably do engineering or business.”

Why did you choose Cardiff University to study for your Computer Science degree?

“I guess because they’d accept me. I was well under my predicted grades (I got BCC) when the Unis I’d applied for wanted AAB-ABB. Interestingly, Cardiff was also my first choice, but I managed to get in through clearing three grades under.”

Why do you think there is a rise in students opting to study Computer Science?

“Computers are everywhere, and I don’t just mean your laptop. Anything with any sort of display will be driven by a microcontroller chip (microwaves, calculators, the sign telling you which bus stop is next, etc.) and now even several things without. You can get lightbulbs that your Alexa or Google Home can turn on, and there’s an emerging field called the ‘Internet of Things’ (or IoT) which talks about how to create these systems. Everything digital around you will have been programmed by someone, and the more people using this technology means the more demand there is for developers. I don’t see it slowing down any time soon.”

What do you hope to do with your degree, and what have you gained from it?

“I like what I’m doing currently as a contractor, and probably will continue on the same path after university. What I’ve gained from the course is an interesting question, as I knew quite a lot when I came in, and arguably have learnt more from my own side projects than I did while there. It’d be very difficult to get a good job in the field without a degree, or maybe an apprenticeship. But I’ve loved the Uni experience on the other hand – that’s something you could never get anywhere else.”

Luke (left) with his friends

Thanks for chatting to us Luke, and good luck with everything in the future!

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