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Study aerospace engineering abroad

An in-depth guide to studying aerospace engineering as an international student.

Aerospace engineering degrees abroad

The study of aerospace engineering is all about the research, design, construction, and maintenance of aircraft. It overlaps with other areas including aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering, and can also cover things like space flight, telecommunication and weather forecasting equipment.

A career in the aerospace industry will see you working on cutting edge technology with the chance to work for huge international organizations. As an aerospace engineering graduate you’ll be highly skilled and in demand, with great career opportunities.

There are many great options when it comes to studying aerospace engineering abroad. You can study at bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate levels at some of the world’s most prestigious universities and engineering colleges.

Aerospace engineering program structure

Aerospace engineering degree programs will cover largely the same areas wherever you study, however each will be slightly different depending on the country and university.

Most aerospace engineering degrees will include the option of choosing optional or selective modules that mean you can shape your program to suit your interests.

As with most engineering degrees, you can study a BSc, or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) at the undergraduate level. You might be able to convert a BEng to an MEng (Master of Engineering), which includes an extra year of study and earns you a master’s level degree.

Undergraduate aerospace engineering programs usually last between three and five years, and you can study for a master’s over one or two years. PhD degrees are also available once you have your master’s, and they can take up to four years to complete.

Common modules you’ll study on most programs include:

  • Aeronautics and mechanics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Engineering design
  • Electrical circuits
  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Flight dynamics
  • Mechanics, structures and materials
Aerospace engineering program structure

Aerospace engineering degree programs will cover largely the same areas wherever you study, however each will be slightly different depending on the country and university.

Most aerospace engineering degrees will include the option of choosing optional or selective modules that mean you can shape your program to suit your interests.

As with most engineering degrees, you can study a BSc, or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) at the undergraduate level. You might be able to convert a BEng to an MEng (Master of Engineering), which includes an extra year of study and earns you a master’s level degree.

Undergraduate aerospace engineering programs usually last between three and five years, and you can study for a master’s over one or two years. PhD degrees are also available once you have your master’s, and they can take up to four years to complete.

Common modules you’ll study on most programs include:

  • Aeronautics and mechanics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Engineering design
  • Electrical circuits
  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Flight dynamics
  • Mechanics, structures and materials

Types of aerospace engineering degrees

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Aerospace engineering study abroad programs

Aerospace engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering - BEng (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,000 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Aerospace Engineering - BEng University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Aerospace Engineering - BSAE University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,478 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Aerospace Engineering - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,928 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Aerospace Engineering - BEng RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,440 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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Associate in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering - AES Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering - ASc South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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Aerospace engineering graduate programs

Master's in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering - MEng University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Aerospace Engineering - MSc University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,325 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, May, January
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    Aerospace Engineering - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    15 months
    Annual tuition fee
    25,118 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Aerospace Engineering (STEM) - MSc California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August
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    Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies - MIEn University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,000 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    36,480 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, February
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Future aerospace engineering careers

Aerospace engineering graduates often go on to work in the aviation and aerospace industries, but there are plenty of other sectors you could find yourself in. Some of the most common roles include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Computer aided design (CAD) technician
  • Engineering consultant
  • Aeronautical designer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Production manager
  • Data scientist

Although seen as quite a vocational degree, aerospace engineering will give you many transferable skills that will make you attractive to employers across different sectors. It’s important that if you know what job you want after graduation that you choose a program that matches your goals.