Kate Ward
March 15, 2010 AT 06:21 PM EDT

The Hills star Spencer Pratt told People he will be leaving the MTV reality show in order to study cyber crime. “In the last few months I have discovered a new passion and new purpose to my life,” he told the magazine. “With this in mind I have decided to take a break from my obligations to MTV’s The Hills and discontinue filming any more episodes for this current season.”

The reality star is studying software engineering at USC, and hopes to work for American Defense Enterprises. “Upon learning of President Obama’s declaration that the ‘cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,’ I have decided to refocus my energy and devote my full resources to helping America face this and other unprecedented challenges.” Though her husband is leaving, Heidi Montag will remain on The Hills.

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