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Study electrical engineering abroad

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

Electrical engineering degrees abroad

Electrical engineering, often referred to as electronic and electrical engineering, is concerned with the technology and application of electricity. It impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, and as an electrical engineer you could find yourself at the cutting edge of new technologies and electronic innovations.

As the world becomes more reliant on sustainable energy and electric vehicles become more common, the demand for electrical engineers will only increase. Most programs require you to have good grades in subjects like maths and physics, and computing and programming skills are also an advantage.

Choosing to study electrical engineering abroad means you’ll be able to access the best programs and the universities with the best facilities. It’s also a chance to experience a new culture, improve your language skills and choose a country that offers the best electrical engineering career prospects after graduation.

Electrical engineering program structure

The structure of each electrical engineering program will be determined by the university, but most will cover the same core areas.

At undergraduate level you can study electrical engineering as a BSc, BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) or MEng (Master of Engineering). The MEng combines a bachelor’s and master’s, and it’s possible to study a BEng and choose to convert it to an MEng after the first year if you have achieved the necessary grades.

Bachelor’s programs usually last between three and five years, and a separate master’s (MSc) 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.

Electrical engineering programs are taught through lectures, small group seminars and practical laboratory work. You will spend a lot of your time developing your practical skills in laboratory sessions which will reinforce the concepts you learn in lectures.

Most programs will assess you through a combination of exams, coursework and presentations. You will also have a research project to complete in the final year of your program.

Common modules you will find on an electrical engineering program include:

  • Engineering mathematics
  • Computing for engineers
  • Engineering materials
  • Digital circuits and systems
  • Electrical systems engineering
  • Electromagnetics and electronic materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering design and practice
  • Power electronics

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Electrical engineering study abroad programs

Electrical engineering undergraduate programs

Associate in electrical engineering

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    Electrical Engineering Technology - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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Bachelor's in electrical engineering

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    Electrical 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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    Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Industrial Year - BEng University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,400 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Electrical Engineering - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Electrical Engineering: Electromagnetic Fields and Optics - 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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    Electrical 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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Pathway in electrical engineering

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    Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in electrical engineering

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    Electrical Engineering Technician - Control Systems - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    January
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Electrical engineering graduate programs

Master's in electrical engineering

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    Electrical Engineering - MSE 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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    Electronic and Electrical 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 (Electrical 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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    Electrical Engineering - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,850 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Electrical Engineering - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    38,825 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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Doctorate in electrical engineering

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    Electrical Engineering - PhD University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    37,493 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Electrical Engineering - Systems Engineering Track - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Electrical Engineering - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 EUR
    Start date
    February, September
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    Electronic and Electrical Engineering - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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    Electrical Engineering - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in electrical engineering

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    Electrical Engineering Technician - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Electrical Engineering Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Electrical Engineering Technician - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,112 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future electrical engineering careers

There’s a wide range of industries you can work in as an electrical engineering graduate, including energy, IT, telecommunications, aerospace and automotive. Some of the jobs directly related to a degree in electrical and electronic engineering include:

  • Electrical power engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Analyst
  • CAD technician
  • Design engineer
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Broadcast engineer

Most universities will actively support your career aspirations, so take advantage of any help you can get while studying. Before you apply, look to see what roles electrical engineer graduates have achieved in the past to give you some inspiration.