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Find your perfect automotive engineering programs abroad

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Automotive Engineering degrees abroad

Automotive engineering is the study of how vehicles work, and how they’re designed, built and maintained. A degree in automotive engineering will give you a good understanding of engineering science, and how it is applied to the development of automobiles.

It’s an ideal choice if you have a passion for cars, are interested in how the work, and how they can be improved. The drive towards making vehicles safer, cleaner and more sustainable means that talented automotive engineers have the chance to be at the forefront of a rapidly changing industry.

Choosing to study automotive engineering abroad is a great way to access the best programs and facilities. It can also expose you to a range of industry opportunities where you can get hands on experience at some of the world’s biggest automotive businesses.

Automotive Engineering program structure

Some programs include a study abroad or placement year, which is usually taken in the third year of an undergraduate degree.

You can study a BSc, or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) in automotive engineering at undergraduate level. You may also have the option to convert a BEng to an MEng (Master of Engineering) if you have achieved the necessary grades. You usually have until the end of the second year to transfer to an MEng, and it means you’ll study for an extra year and earn a master’s level degree.

Bachelor’s programs usually last between three and five years, and a separate master’s will take one or two years. You can also study for a PhD degree if you have your master’s, and they can take up to four or five years to complete.

The precise structure and content of an automotive engineering program will differ depending on the university you apply to. In some programs you will spend the first one or two years learning the foundations of mechanical engineering, whereas others will focus on automotive topics from the start. Modules you can expect to study include:

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Best countries to study automotive engineering

Automotive Engineering study abroad programs

What are the top automotive engineering undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Thomas More University of Applied SciencesAutomotive Technology - PBD

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Automotive Engineering
    Location
    Mechelen, Belgium
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    9,000EUR
  • University of the West of England BristolAutomotive Engineering - MEngi

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Automotive Engineering
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,850GBP
  • Kaunas University of Applied Engineering SciencesAutomotive Engineering: Sports Car Preparation and Maintenance - PBD

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Automotive Engineering
    Location
    Kaunas, Lithuania
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    3,640EUR
  • Ontario Tech UniversityAutomotive Engineering - BEng (Hons) (with foundation)

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Automotive Engineering
    Location
    Oshawa, Canada
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    39,808CAD
  • Vilnius TechAutomotive Engineering - BEng

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Automotive Engineering
    Location
    Vilnius, Lithuania
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    4,050EUR

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What are the top automotive engineering postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Ontario Tech UniversityAutomotive Engineering - MEng

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Automotive Engineering
    Location
    Oshawa, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    30,409CAD
  • University of WindsorAutomotive Engineering - MAppSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Automotive Engineering
    Location
    Windsor, Canada
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    18,594CAD
  • Vilnius TechAutomotive Engineering - MEngSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Automotive Engineering
    Location
    Vilnius, Lithuania
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    5,410EUR

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Future automotive engineering careers

As an automotive engineering graduate you will be well placed for a role in design, manufacturing or testing in the automotive industry. Popular careers with an automotive engineering degree include:

  • Automotive engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Product designer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Research engineer

The skills you learn during an automotive engineering degree program mean you could look to work in other engineering areas.

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