International IT Schools That Shake Up Elitist Ideals

by Modis on October 3, 2011

The field of information technology is relatively new, yet already, institutes around the world are becoming renowned for their excellent programs. Did you instantly presume these institutes were inside of the United States? You won’t see names like Harvard or Yale on this list: these IT leaders are all abroad, and mostly free.

Overseas IT Schools: No Money No Problem!

Even if IT sounds like a field that you could be interested in, now’s not the time to go breaking into your parents’ savings account to swipe $40,000 a year for an IT degree from a private, American university. Why you ask?

Foreign IT schools are generating efficient and capable IT professionals just as quickly as private US schools, but for much less money. In some cases, the IT pros abroad are being trained better, faster, and with more expert teachers than US scholars. If you want to become an IT wizard, then you may want to consider getting your education at one of these institutions:

1) Russia:

One of the most notable schools is found in Russia; more specifically in a narrow, unkempt Moscow apartment. In this school, the students learn about “hacker ethics,” which basically says that the students are trained in the same areas as hackers—virus writing, cracking programs, etc.—but will not use their skills to harm others, instead using their training to curb the power of hackers who victimize others.

Schools use this mentality to combat the growing numbers of software piracy and online security breaches that are facing many Russian companies and citizens. Beyond the appeal of learning how to vanquish evil, students at this school aren’t even officially charged for the lessons, although many students do make sizable donations to the school to keep it going.

2) China:

a) Traditional College:

More than a half-dozen National Intelligence Colleges are scattered across the Middle Kingdom’s four corners. The purpose of these schools is simple: train some of the brightest young Chinese minds in information collection and analysis. The program, which was set up by the Chinese government in 2008, brings in several dozen carefully-chosen undergraduates annually.

b) Online College:

For those students who aren’t selected to join one of China’s previously mentioned colleges, there are countless options still available to get  solid IT training. In China, there are more than 1,000 online Information Technology schools available to potential students. While some of these websites are being shut down, there are plenty more available to give students the IT skills they need to aid the military, obtain a salary, or protect employers from online invaders.

3) South Vietnam:

Students in South Vietnam are getting a brainfull of information technology education at Ho Chi Minh University on a daily basis. This citizen-founded university is a language institute, teaching the more common ones (like Chinese, German, French), as well as the world’s newest languages (like HTML5, C++, and Q Basic). Learning at this university is based on free trade, meaning they agree to be productive citizens after graduating.

Domestic IT Schools: Time to Play Catch-Up:

Even though American schools cannot offer their IT services for free, and most people interested in IT are not selected to partake in the US government’s National Security Education Program, there are ways American universities can remain relevant and competitive in the global IT training market.

Certain nations, like North Korea, keep eye on elementary school students who display excellent skills in science and math. Select students are then recruited and begin a specialized six-year program where they learn IT and other analytical skills, and are eventually sent to the nation’s best technology institutes.

While the U.S. may not need to take such extreme measures, offering younger students more options to bolster their computer programming and analysis skills could aid the U.S. IT professionals in remaining competitive.


Although there are many IT schools around the world, the field is still relatively new. As long as American IT workers are given some help from the U.S. government and private universities, they still have a solid opportunity to catch up to their foreign IT counterparts.

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