COMPUTER SCIENCE

COMPUTER SCIENCE

While studying theory and methods of processing information, computer science students are responsible for innovation and progress that significantly affect daily life. When studying abroad, students are challenged in new ways and may face different problems. They learn to recognize sources of uncertainty, and apply appropriate models, technical tools, and evaluations to develop their solutions. Through an international experience, students improve collaboration and communication skills, particularly in a cross-cultural environment. They build transferable skill sets in versatility, creativity, an increased sensitivity to societal contexts and awareness of ethical differences across cultures.

Mohit Joshi

Globalization is compelling business leaders to alter the way they hire, train and inspire teams, and the way they compete and foster innovation. We want sharper, smarter, and globally experienced teams.

Mohit Joshi President, Infosys

Subjects

KEI offers a wide range of computer science subjects. Click on a subject area to view program locations that offer courses in that subject.

Alumnus Spotlight

Colby Gray
Major: Computer Science
KEI Program: London, England
Employment: Space X (Analyst)

Studying abroad changed my life. It is always the first thing I get asked about in an interview. It taught me how to manage my time and money in a new environment. I am more independent and conscious because of studying abroad. Courses at LSBU helped me succeed in interviews because my professors were very open for discussion. Talking with professors made me act less nervous in interviews and taught me just to act normal.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Mohammed Awad is the Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the American University of Ras al Khaimah. Dr. Awad’s research interests include security, more specifically in E-voting and I-voting security. Currently, he is collaborating on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a curriculum module to illustrate electronic voting for non-Computer Science majors.  An additional area of interest concerns safeguarding the transmission of biometric data and integrating captured biometric data (iris scans or any other biometric data) into the electoral process in order to achieve more reliable systems.

Dr. Awad earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Houston in the United States in 2011. He earned a MSc in Computer Science at the same university in 2006. He completed a BSc in Computer Science at Yarmouk University in Jordan in 2003.

Employability & Education Abroad

Education abroad has been shown to have significant impact on learning, academic performance, graduation, careers, and personality development. NAFSA Association of International Educators compiled results from fourteen notable studies on the impact of education abroad. Here is a summary.

Careers, Salaries & Job Skills

97%

of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates found employment in the same period. (1) Among study abroad alumni, 90% landed a job within 6 months. (2, 12)

25%

higher starting salaries: that’s how much more study abroad students earn than those college graduates who do not study abroad.(1) This equates to approx. $7,000 annually for US students. (3)

90%

of study abroad alumni who applied got into their 1st or 2nd choice grad school. (1)

84%

of study abroad alumni felt their studies abroad helped them build valuable skills for the job market. (4) A second study confirms this at 85%. (10)

40%

of US businesses failed to expand due to a dearth of staff international experience. (14)

80%

of study abroad students reported that study abroad allowed them to better adapt to diverse work environments. (4)

70%

of study abroad alumni claimed that because of study abroad they were more satisfied with their jobs. (4)

59%

of employers said study abroad would be valuable in an individual’s career later on with their organization. (11)

34%

of study abroad alumni claimed that study abroad helped them choose their career field. (4)

19%

lower unemployment rates were found among study abroad alumni according to a British study. (4)
Graduation & Academic Performance

100%

greater improvement in GPA post-study abroad. Students who studied abroad saw their GPAs rise twice as quickly as their peers. (8)

19%

more likely to graduate: that describes how study abroad participants are more likely to graduate than non-participants. (5, 6, 7)
Personal Growth

97%

of study abroad alumni attributed study abroad to increased maturity. (13)

96%

of study abroad alumni claimed an increase in self-confidence attributed to study abroad. (13)

89%

of study abroad alumni reported that study abroad facilitated a greater tolerance for ambiguity. (13)
Resources
1 Career Benefits of Study Abroad
2 New Survey Shows College Graduates Who Study Abroad Land Career-Related Jobs Sooner, with Higher Starting Salaries
3 How Higher Education Affects Lifetime Salary
4 AIFS Study Abroad Outcomes
5 UC San Diego Study: 2011 EAP and OAP Retention, Graduation, & Time-to-Degree Combined
6 UT Austin Study: Go Abroad and Graduate On-Time: Study Abroad Participation, Degree Completion, and Time-to-Degree
7 Georgia Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative: The Effect of Study Abroad on College Completion in a State University System
8 Study Abroad May Lead to Better GPA, Graduation Rates
9 Studying Abroad Boost Students’ Emotional Development
10 The Impact of Studying Abroad on Recent College Graduates’ Careers
11 Employers Value Candidates Who Study Abroad
12 (UK) Mobile students more likely to have a job – Report
13 How More Study Abroad Programmes Could Benefit Society
14 Paul Simon Study Abroad Act back on Legislative Cards

IN THE NEWS

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Tec’s Ethical Dark Side by Natasha Singer

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