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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

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Aerospace engineering study abroad programs

Aerospace engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) - BEng
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Aerospace Engineering - BSc
    University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Aerospace Engineering - BSc
    University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,928 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Aerospace Engineering - BSAE
    University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,478 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Aerospace Engineering - BEng
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    37,440 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Aerospace engineering graduate programs

Master's in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering - MSc
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    15 months
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Aerospace Engineering - MEng
    University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,400 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) - by research - MEng
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    36,480 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Aerospace Materials - MSc
    Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,500 GBP
    Start date
    October
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    Aerospace Engineering - MSc
    University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,325 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Doctorate in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering - PhD
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    36,480 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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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.