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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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    Construction Engineering - BSc 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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    Construction Engineering - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Construction Engineering - BSc University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,863 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Construction Engineering - BSConE 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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    Building Science - BSc Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,220 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Diploma in construction engineering

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    Building Design (Architectural), Advanced - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,625 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
    Tuition fees per year
    17,840 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Building Environmental Systems Technology - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    19,800 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Building Renovation Technology - OCADip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,434 CAD
    Start date
    September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in construction engineering

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    Construction Technology - AT Millersville University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,560 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in construction engineering

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    Construction Technology - Cert Montana State University Billings, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    9,010 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Construction engineering graduate programs

Master's in construction engineering

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    Construction Engineering - MSE Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Building Information Management - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,600 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Building Surveying - MSc University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Construction Engineering and Management - ME Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    38,876 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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    School Building Leadership - MSEd Manhattan College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,100 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    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.