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Study engineering abroad

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

Engineering degrees abroad

Engineering is one of the most popular subjects to study at university, and a very attractive option for international students studying abroad. It’s a hugely diverse subject that encompasses many fields and disciplines and provides students with invaluable skills for their future careers.

Degrees in engineering are available in countries and universities all over the world, at all levels of study including bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels.

Engineering program structure

Engineering is an incredibly broad subject, and no two programs will be the same. A general engineering degree will aim to cover the fundamentals of the subject, giving you the ability to explore different topics before choosing an area of specialty.

Some of the topics and modules you can expect to study at undergraduate include:

  • Engineering mathematics
  • Electrical engineering/electronics
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Entrepreneurship and engineering

In many engineering degrees, you will learn about the foundations of the subject, and can then choose to focus your studies in a specific area from the second year onwards.

Engineering degrees include workshops, group work, computer lab work and hands-on practical work. The program will also include lectures, seminars and tutorials, and you’ll be assessed through a mixture of written exams, presentations, coursework and practical work.

Why study engineering abroad

Studying engineering overseas is a great way to access the best engineering schools and programs from all over the world.

Engineering is a global profession, and attending university abroad can give you unique experience that could be invaluable in your career after graduation. It will also be a great chance to broaden your personal horizons, meet new people and improve your language skills.

One important thing to remember is to make sure the program you study is recognized by the governing body in your home country if you plan to return to work. For example, degrees should be recognized by the Council of Engineering in the UK in order to practice as a chartered engineer.

Where to study engineering abroad

Choosing where you’ll study engineering abroad is a huge decision to make. It will influence the quality of the education you’ll get and also your quality of life for three years or more. When working out where you want to study, think about:

  • The part of the world you want to study in

    Make sure the location you choose is somewhere you’ll enjoy living. Think about the climate, culture and politics of each country when making your decision.

  • Where you want to work after graduation

    If you want to return home after you graduate to start your engineering career, make sure the degree you get is recognized by the governing body in your home country.

  • How well ranked the program or university is

    If the content and reputation of the program is your main concern, base your decision on which universities have the best engineering schools and programs.

Best countries to study engineering

When it comes to looking for the countries with the most respected and highly ranked engineering programs and schools, the USA and UK are top of the list.

However, there are many other countries that have fantastic reputations for the quality of their engineering programs, including Germany, Switzerland and Singapore.

Best universities to study engineering

You can study engineering abroad at a large multi discipline university, or a specialist engineering school or college that focuses on engineering subjects.

To find the best university for you to study engineering at, consider:

  • What the program covers
  • If the program includes any internship opportunities
  • The culture and student life offered by the university
  • Where you want to be located, e.g. a city or a more rural campus

Make sure you take these things into consideration, as well as the reputation of the university’s engineering programs, when making your decision.

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Engineering study abroad programs

When it comes to studying engineering overseas, there are several different degree types you can choose from at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels, including:

  • BSc
  • BEng (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • MSc
  • MEng (Master of Engineering)
  • PhD
  • Doctor of Engineering (EngD or DEng)

At undergraduate level there is little difference between the BSc and BEng, however BEng tend to involve more practical elements.

Engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in engineering

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    Electrical and Electronics Engineering - BSc Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,500 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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    Engineering - BScEng Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Electrical & Electronics Engineering - BSc (Hons) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Engineering Management - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,253 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Engineering - BEng University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,400 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in engineering

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    Electrical & Electronics Engineering - Dip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Tuition fees per year
    4,200 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Engineering (Aeronautical), Advanced Diploma - Dip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Pre - Engineering - Dip Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,564 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Electronics Engineering Technician - Dip 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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    Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician – Automation and Robotics - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in engineering

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    Engineering - International Year One - UGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,500 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Engineering - UGP Flinders University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    28,500 USD
    Start date
    June, October
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    Engineering, International Year One - UGP University of Lincoln, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,910 USD
    Start date
    January, September, October
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    Engineering, International Year One - UGP Aston University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Engineering, International Year One - UGP University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,720 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in engineering

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    Foundation Studies: Science, Engineering and Health - Cert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    25,500 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Engineering - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    10,720 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Engineering
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    General Arts and Science – Science and Engineering Preparation - Cert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,907 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Engineering Foundations - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    8,905 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Engineering - Cert Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    6,707 CAD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Engineering
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Associate in engineering

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    Engineering Science - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Engineering graduate programs

Master's in engineering

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    Management Engineering - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Engineering Management - MSc Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,600 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
    Show program overview about Engineering Management
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    Materials Science and Engineering - MSc 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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    Electrical and Railway Engineering - MEng University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,400 GBP
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Electrical and Railway Engineering
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    Sustainability Engineering and Management - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,000 USD
    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Sustainability Engineering and Management
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Doctorate in engineering

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    Maritime Engineering - PhD University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    37,493 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Maritime Engineering
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    Mechanical Engineering - Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems 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
    Show program overview about Mechanical Engineering - Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems Track
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    Architecture 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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    Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental and Water Resources Engineering - PhD American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,060 LL
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
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Diploma in engineering

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    Maritime Engineering (Naval Engineering) - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    33,120 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Maritime Engineering (Naval Engineering)
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    Electromechanical Engineering Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    May, September
    Show program overview about Electromechanical Engineering Technician
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Certificate in engineering

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    Maritime Engineering (Naval Engineering) - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,078 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Maritime Engineering (Naval Engineering)
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Pathway in engineering

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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Sheffield, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,600 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
    Show program overview about Science and Engineering, Pre-Masters
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Nottingham, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science, Pre-Masters - PGP Lancaster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    7 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,350 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Glasgow, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Science and Engineering - Pre Masters - PGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 USD
    Start date
    January, May
    Show program overview about Science and Engineering - Pre Masters
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Entry requirements to study engineering abroad

The entry requirements to study engineering will be different based on the country and university you’re applying to, but standard requirements include:

  • Completed secondary education with good grades in maths and science subjects
  • A personal statement displaying your interest in the engineering
  • Good English language proficiency test scores - the scores you’ll need will be outlined by the university
  • Academic references
  • A bachelor’s degree (BEng or BSc) in engineering to study at postgraduate level

Check the requirements of the programs you’re interested in to find out what grades or GPA you need. Here is more on how to study abroad.

Future engineering careers

The career prospects for engineering graduates are very attractive, but what you can do will depend on the area of engineering you choose to specialize in. For example you could become a:

  • Civil engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Technical writer
  • Patent lawyer

It’s important to think about what career you want after graduation as this can help you decide what engineering program to choose. Make sure the program you choose focuses on the areas that match both your interests and your career aspirations.