Ah, countries! There aren’t 2 alike in the world! Except maybe for Slovenia and Slovakia, where delegates have to mail each other once a month the wrongly addressed letters, because people tend to substitute one for the other.
But, besides this, no countries are the same: from the people, to the culture and the geography and architecture, each one has something else to offer to the world.
But how does that impact your international Master’s degree in Computer Science?
Well… all joking aside, the way a country runs itself and their choices impact this type of technological education a lot, and, by default, the way they teach their Master’s degrees. That’s why, when you take into consideration some of their random facts, it paints a bigger picture on the whole Computer Science and IT perspective.
1. Eastern Europe is still kinda struggling with its past
You may remember that, a while back, Bernie Sanders, a politician from the U.S., complained that Romania has better internet than North America.
As a proud Romanian, I can vouch for that!
The internet bandwidth and the level of English in all Eastern European countries, not just in the land of Dracula, is something a lot of people envy, but that doesn’t mean that our Computer Science degrees are up to speed.
Indeed, there are some perks of studying in Eastern Europe, like the living costs, the all-night open clubs, and the fact that we send the most programmers to work in global IT companies (the second most spoken language in the Google headquarters is Romanian, after all), so don’t dismiss a degree here. Just know that there is a better option at the end of the list.
Still, if you were enchanted by what these countries have to offer, check out:
2. Scandinavian countries are too expensive
The whole experience of studying abroad will cost you some pretty good money by default, so, if you pick one of the Scandinavian countries, your budget will bleed and you risk being stuck eating instant noodles for 4 months.
Don’t believe me?
Well… you should, before you have to spend over 1.600 EUR/month to simply live in some rather cold countries.
Of course, if you have money to spend, go for it, because it can be a very fun and awesome experience, but if you would rather keep the money for other trips or simply just want to be careful with your spending, then be careful with these destinations.
But, if you’re a big spender, then totally check out these awesome Master’s degrees in:
- Computer Science in Sweden
- Computer Science in Norway
- Computer Science in Denmark
- Computer Science in Finland
- Computer Science in Iceland
3. Western countries have jobs, but they don’t really focus on Computer Science
Yes, Western Europe!
This will probably the one region that will come the closest to be the perfect spot to study Computer Engineering, but, alas, it just fell short.
Don’t get us wrong: countries like Germany, the Netherlands, France, and so on, are symbols of great higher education and amazing places to study any degree, not just Computer Science, and that’s exactly the problem.
While degrees and salaries are incredible here, each country tends to lean more towards a type of discipline: Germany will offer superior Master’s in Engineering, the Netherlands in Social Sciences, France in Fashion, and so on.
So, even if you can’t go wrong with a Master’s degree here, you would do so much better in the country we suggest.
Still, after you graduate, yes, you should totally go for it and apply and start working here. But, if you want to get a start on your career already, definitively check out:
- Computer Science in Switzerland
- Computer Science in France
- Computer Science in Germany
- Computer Science in Belgium
- Computer Science in the Netherlands
- Computer Science in Ireland
- Computer Science in the U.K.
4. Southern Europe is for lounging in the sun
To study Computer Science in Southern Europe means that you would have to have a will of steel. Because, honestly, how can you deal with all the beaches, the sun, the amazing cuisine and sight-seeing, and still be stuck in a room, next to a plug, writing and building algorithms, hoping you will be done soon, so you can catch a bit of relaxation?
And that’s not all!
If Eastern and Western Europe are super easy to talk to and everybody knows how to speak English, Italy, Spain, and the others aren’t that versatile when it comes to foreign languages. Yes, that’s the nice way of saying “they no hablan ingles!”
But, if you want to enjoy the sun and you have a long-life laptop battery, while speaking some Spanish, Italian or Greek, why not go wild and have fun in these exotic European destinations:
- Computer Science in Spain
- Computer Science in Italy
- Computer Science in Greece
- Computer Science in Portugal
- Computer Science in Malta
- Computer Science in Cyprus
5. Central Europe can have too few options for your taste
The nicest way to put it in this section is that Central Europe is the diet version of Western Europe.
Indeed, all these countries are beautiful and they are definitively worth visiting at least once in your lifetime, but, when it comes to options in degrees or with jobs after graduating, you could definitively go directly to Western Europe and bypass these sunny, full-of-medieval-castles countries.
Also, objectively speaking, a degree in the Netherlands may sound better in your CV than a degree from Slovakia. But, again, these are really OK countries to study in, so, if you made up your mind for them, then check out:
- Computer Science in Austria
- Computer Science in Hungary
- Computer Science in Poland
- Computer Science in Slovakia
- Computer Science in Slovenia
- Computer Science in the Czech Republic
6. So, what other European country is there?
Well, now that we kept you guessing long enough, let’s reveal the grand winner. And it’s… ESTONIA!
Ok, grab a map and a pen, because it’s time to get educated on this awesome country.
Estonia is located in the North of the continent, and it’s one of the Baltic countries, from the same family as Lithuania and Latvia. Still, this country is like Finland, but cheaper, Russia, but more European, and Germany, but more modern.
The thing is, Estonian children are taught since elementary school how to code and how to deal with technology, in general. After being the first country ever to have an e-government, the Estonian universities started investing and competing in who can bring and have the best Computer Science and IT Master’s in the country.
And they are all winning!
Big universities from Tartu and Tallinn are going neck and neck in this competition, and, fortunately, it means that we are all winners. So, to make it easier, be sure to check out:
7. Why study Computer Science in Estonia?
Aren’t you convinced of Estonia yet? Then let’s try a crash-course on why this is the best country to study Computer Science PERIOD.
- Estonia receives more tourists per year than its total population, so you know that you won’t get bored here.
- Going back to the ‘e-government’ notion, let’s explain a bit: imagine if you would have an app on your phone, where, with your own password and username, you can see what taxes you owe, what your medical care is, who you can vote (and actually vote!), and so on. Basically, you have a normal government where queues and waiting and one thousand little papers are gone! If that doesn’t sound like a dream come true to you, it means you are very young, still. But for us, who have to deal with stuff like this, it’s a miracle!
- You can also start your own business with just a click on this e-government app. That’s why Estonia leads in number of start-ups/capita, and it’s also home of Tallinn, that has the adorable nickname “The Silicon Valley of Europe”.
- It has one of the highest adult literacy rates in the world – 99.8 percent.
- The whole country is connected to the internet. Like, we’re not joking: you can literally go into the woods and have wi-fi. It’s like you can imagine 1 million routers all over the country, so that’s just amazing, if you’re a computer nerd.
And, keep in mind, I didn’t even mention of how clean the air is, from all the forests they didn’t cut down, the digital trust everybody enjoys, the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which said that Estonian 15-year-olds are the best in Europe and third in the world, and so on.
Honestly, we can’t get enough of Estonia, and you shouldn’t, either!
So, pack your bags and your laptop, forget needing a special router, and simply go in this fairytale land with great wifi connection.