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Study automotive engineering abroad

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

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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:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Engineering materials
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Computing and programming for engineers
  • Vehicle systems and design
  • Dynamics and vibration
  • Ground vehicle aerodynamics
  • Electrical drive systems

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Automotive engineering study abroad programs

Automotive engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in automotive engineering

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    Aerospace Engineering (Autonomous Vehicle Systems) - 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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    Automotive Engineering/ Management - BEng
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    41,184 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Automotive Engineering - BEng
    Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Automotive Engineering - BSc
    Frederick University, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,400 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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Automotive engineering graduate programs

Master's in automotive engineering

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    Engineering (International Automotive Engineering) - MEng
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    37,440 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Autonomous Vehicle Control Engineer - MSc
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    7,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control - 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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    Automotive Engineering - MES
    Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,900 EUR
    Start date
    September
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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.