What to pay attention to when choosing universities for programmers?

The diploma of a foreign university or college does not give much. In order for IT education abroad to give you prospects for successful career development, it is important to consider several factors when choosing a higher education institution:

Find out how developed partnership relations are with business representatives, both local and international.
Study the content of the training programs, specifying how much training time is allocated to practice.
Check the research potential of the university (college): whether there is a research center at all, what level of equipment it has, what research is being conducted, whether business representatives are involved in research activities.

How to enroll in an IT specialty abroad?

Each country has its own education system and admission conditions. They should be clarified only in official sources. Because of these differences in the education system in most countries, a foreign student will first have to study in a preparatory program. This program includes mandatory courses for the student’s chosen specialization, as well as foreign language courses at the academic level. In this way, students prepare not only for admission, but also adapt to life in a new country.

In addition, the presence of victories in thematic competitions (Olympiads, quizzes, contests from companies) can help a student during admission. This often acts as the best indication of a student’s interest in learning.

Preparation programs for admission to the IT specialty abroad

Such programs differ in their content. It can be a general program without a specific specialization or a program for students of specific specialties.

Countries also differ in the place where you can study under this program. In addition to the standard option of studying at a special preparatory department at the chosen university or college, there are several other options. In Great Britain, for example, students most often study in preparatory programs at a partner college of the university where they plan to study. In the Netherlands, there are specialized centers aimed at foreigners. They cooperate with specific universities and offer students the opportunity to choose between programs of various specializations. In the US, some universities offer undergraduate programs that already include a preparatory program in their curriculum.

The cost of IT education abroad

Information technology is a popular field that a priori cannot be cheap. The following factors affect the cost of education:

1) Country of study

Studying in the USA will cost you many times more than, for example, in Europe. This also applies to the cost of living.

2) Program type

Studying on a diploma program in Canada will cost you less than on a bachelor’s program.

3) Prestige of the university (college)

Focusing only on the level of prestige of the institution of higher education, you can overpay a lot just for the name. Therefore, it is worth focusing on educational programs and their content, and not on the name of the university (college).

Scholarship programs for programmers

IT education abroad is certainly not the cheapest, so it is unwise not to take advantage of the opportunity to receive a scholarship that can at least partially cover tuition fees. Where can I get a scholarship?

1) Scholarship from the university/college where you plan to study.

Often, institutions of higher education offer scholarships that are financed by alumni associations or individually by graduates themselves. You can find out whether there is such a scholarship at your university (college) on the official website.

2) Scholarships from business representatives.

Large companies interested in talented personnel finance joint and specialized scholarship programs.

3) Scholarships from the government.

Many countries allocate money for scholarships for students who show a good level of preparation.

4) Scholarships from international organizations.

Most often, such organizations are financed by representatives of business or the governments of countries.

Web design is one of the most popular areas of study among those presented at the Rivne Technical Training Center. The constant demand for courses is simply explained: they relate to the IT field. A field in which current knowledge becomes outdated extremely quickly. Internet hardware is changing, basic requirements for modern presentation capabilities of sites, fashion trends in design are changing. Therefore, the need for advanced training of web designers arises quite often.

The other day, another group of trainees in the field of “Practical web design: design, creation and maintenance of a web site” completed their studies. According to teacher Oleksandr Kharchenko, this group is the most “interregional” of all the previous ones. After all, representatives of Rivne, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattia, Lviv, Ternopil, Volyn, Khmelnytskyi regions studied there – a real “team of Western Ukraine”. Oleksandr noted the high level of training of the students. According to him, the group demonstrated such professional work, impeccable both from a technical point of view and design, that it was difficult to give someone a score lower than “excellent”.

The teacher recognized the most creative work of student Roman Kelemen from Uzhgorod – a site created for an Uzhhorod advertising studio. He named Svyatoslav Oleksiv from Ternopil Oblast as the most productive, emphasizing that the trainee wrote the largest number of sites in the group during his studies. But twenty-year-old Mechyslav Lipskyi is a unique listener both in the history of the RCPTO and in the teaching biography of Oleksandr Kharchenko. The young man has been interested in computers since he can remember. At the age of ten, he found the “Resource – hacker” program on the Internet, and since then he has been interested in programming. He studied on his own, looking for information on the Internet. Mechyslav says:

– I don’t know how to properly study independently and remotely. I invented my own development method. I set myself a project task that exceeded my capabilities and fulfilled it. If something was unclear, I asked a friend whom I found on the Internet, a very competent Russian programmer Dmytro Zaitsev. So, for example, he learned the language of the People’s Republic of China. For a long time, he was even the administrator of one of Dmytro’s sites, helped in the development of other projects. And then he decided to improve his qualifications at the educational institution of the employment service. I made the decision because I wanted to find like-minded people, learn something new, and do something interesting. He learned a lot, detailed the knowledge he had acquired on his own. Today, I can write a website of any complexity without any problems.

But in addition to writing websites, I wanted to do something interesting and unusual during my studies. So I brought some details and Oleksandr Borysovych and I started thinking about what ideas could be implemented using these details and programming capabilities. Well, they actually came up with the device that I am currently presenting at the qualification certification. This is an electric samovar that is controlled remotely using a computer program. We have upgraded it to work in automatic mode. The algorithm of operation is as follows: we pour water into the samovar, start the program, the water heats up, then the tap opens automatically, water is poured into the mug, the tap is automatically closed. Such a device can be controlled remotely, even from another room or building. As you can see, everything works perfectly, we managed to create home automation technology at the intersection of knowledge of physics, electronics, and programming.