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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

  • Arizona State University Logo

    Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 30,634 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 20,700 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 5 years
    • Start date September
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Aerospace Engineering RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 37,440 AUD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of the West of England - UWE Bristol Logo

    Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,000 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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Aerospace engineering graduate programs

Master's in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 25,118 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year 3 months
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Aerospace Engineering University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 20,700 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) - by research RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 36,480 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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Doctorate in aerospace engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 36,480 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • 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.