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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
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

Bachelor's in electrical engineering

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    Applied Science (Marine Electrical Engineering) - BASc University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,362 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,500 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Electrical Engineering - BSEE Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,265 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,265 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Electrical Engineering - BEng Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,936 USD

    Start date
    August, May
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    Electrical 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
    May, August, January
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    Electrical Engineering - BSc University of Massachusetts, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,649 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,649 USD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Associate in electrical engineering

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    Computer & Electrical Engineering - ASc South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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    Electrical Engineering - AES Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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Diploma in electrical engineering

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    Electrical Engineering Technician - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,133 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,925 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    January
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    15,778 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    September, 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
    Annual tuition fee
    25,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,118 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Electrical Engineering - MScEng (with placement) University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    33 months
    Annual tuition fee
    1,742 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 1,454 EUR

    Start date
    October
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    Electrical Engineering - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,027 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,825 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
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    Electrical Engineering - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Electrical Engineering - MEng Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,000 USD

    Start date
    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
    Annual tuition fee
    28,997 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,493 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Electrical Engineering - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Electrical Engineering - Micro-Electronics Track - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Electrical Engineering - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,392 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    September, June, February
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    Electrical Engineering - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,784 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,219 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Electrical Engineering Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,732 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 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.