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Study construction engineering abroad

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

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Construction engineering degrees abroad

Construction engineering refers to the planning, designing, and management of building projects. It’s a multidisciplinary field that borrows concepts from other specialties, including structural and civil engineering, project management, site analysis, and materials science.

After developing a robust understanding of the scientific and mathematical principles behind safe construction, you’ll sharpen your skills in computer-aided design and cost analysis. You’ll also hone the leadership and professional abilities needed to guide teams on major infrastructure projects, like roads, tunnels, bridges, and dams.

By earning your degree overseas, you’ll see how different landscapes, climates, and cultures influence construction engineering projects. The international portfolio and connections you build will give you a headstart in the graduate job market.

Construction engineering program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in construction engineering are studied over three or four years. The precise length of your program will depend on where you study and whether you complete an industry placement. Sandwich years are a superb chance to sample future careers and gain hands-on experience.

Deciding to study in the US means you’ll likely major in construction engineering. Most US universities follow the four-year liberal arts model of education. This means you’ll take two years of general education classes before concentrating on major-specific courses.

Lots of students progress onto postgraduate programs after finishing their bachelor’s degree. Master’s programs can be studied over one or two years, while doctoral degrees will add another four to six years on top.

Learning methods include a combination of theoretical lectures, seminars, and tutorials, as well as practical workshops and computer laboratories. You’ll be assessed through a mixture of exams, written assignments, presentations, and research projects.

Here are some of the core units you’ll probably study as part of your construction engineering course:

  • Principles of construction planning and design
  • Construction materials and methods
  • Construction project management
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Mathematical skills for construction engineers
  • Construction estimating and cost analysis
  • Construction engineering research methods
  • Construction technologies and equipment

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Construction engineering study abroad programs

Construction engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in construction engineering

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    Building Surveying - BSc (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,013 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Construction Engineering - BSc University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,863 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,863 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Building and Construction Engineering - BSc (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,055 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Building Surveying - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,756 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,480 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Construction Engineering - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Associate in construction engineering

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    Construction Technology - AT Millersville University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,560 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,560 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Construction Technology - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in construction engineering

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    Building and Construction (Building) - UGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,869 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Sustainable Energy and Building Technology - AdvDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,036 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,840 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Building Renovation Technology - OCADip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,434 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Construction Engineering Technology - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,442 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,356 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in construction engineering

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    Building Codes and Inspections - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Pathway in construction engineering

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    Building Surveying (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Construction engineering graduate programs

Master's in construction engineering

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    School Building Leadership - MSEd Manhattan College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,100 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Construction Engineering and Management - ME Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    38,876 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,876 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Building Information Management - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,800 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Building Information Modelling in Design Construction and Operations - MSc University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,737 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    International Peace Building, Security and Development Practice - MA (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,244 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, June
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Diploma in construction engineering

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    Construction Engineering Technology - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,851 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,334 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future construction engineering careers

As a construction engineering graduate, you’ll be perfectly prepared to build a career in the construction industry and beyond.

Your creativity, communication, and organizational skills will be invaluable to an endless array of employers, but here are some of the most popular graduate destinations:

  • Construction engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Project manager
  • Site engineer
  • Building surveyor
  • CAD technician
  • Estimator

Most universities have an employability office that can support you with everything related to professional life after graduation. It’s worth scheduling an appointment if your CV could do with some polishing up, or you’d like some help finding relevant work experience.