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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.

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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    Computer Systems and Networks Engineering - BEng (Hons) London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,053 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Agricultural Engineering: Soil and Water Resources 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, August, June
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    Propulsion Engineering - BEng Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,000 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Applied & Engineering Sciences - BSc Wilkes University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    38,752 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,752 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Applied Engineering - BSc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,120 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in engineering

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    Applied Engineering - ASc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,120 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Engineering - ASc North 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, January
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    Engineering - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Materials Science 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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    Engineering - ASc Seattle Central 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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Diploma in engineering

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    Electrical & Electronics Engineering - UGDip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    4,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,200 USD

    Start date
    April, January
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    Electronics Engineering Technician - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,910 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,657 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Electronics Engineering Technician - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,212 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Engineering (Mechanical), Advanced Diploma - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,913 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Engineering - UGDip St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,332 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,436 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in engineering

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    Aircraft Maintenance Engineering - Cert Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,927 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,427 CAD

    Start date
    February, September
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    Engineering - Cert Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,360 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,707 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,567 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,720 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering and Physical Sciences - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,224 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,794 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Engineering Foundations - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,723 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,920 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Pathway in engineering

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    Engineering - UGP Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,051 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering - UGP Flinders University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    22,029 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,500 AUD

    Start date
    June, October
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    Engineering & Computer Science, International Year One - UGP University of Huddersfield, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,901 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Engineering - International Year One - UGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,580 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Engineering, International Year One - UGP Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,731 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,100 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Engineering graduate programs

Master's in engineering

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    Advanced Engineering Materials - MSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,321 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Computational and Software Techniques in Engineering - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    28,345 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Spacecraft Engineering - MEng Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,000 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,602 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering Materials - MEng University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,001 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,514 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Doctorate in engineering

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    Logistic Engineering - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,758 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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    Engineering - PhD Rowan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,400 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Computer Science & Engineering - PhD University of Bridgeport, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,635 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Engineering - Research - PhD University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,358 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Engineering and Design - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,289 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in engineering

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    Electronics Engineering Technician - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,211 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,724 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    September, May
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    Engineering: Structural and Geotechnical - MSc/PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's/Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    29,487 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering Management - PGDip University of California, Riverside Extension, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,200 USD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,601 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,120 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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Certificate in engineering

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    Engineering Management - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,466 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,466 USD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,201 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,078 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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Pathway in engineering

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    Bridge Engineering, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    17,284 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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    Engineering & Sciences, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Strathclyde, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,246 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,580 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Engineering and Computing, Pre-Masters - PGP Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,679 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,000 GBP

    Start date
    March, May
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    Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science, Pre-Masters - PGP Lancaster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    7 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,224 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,350 GBP

    Start date
    -
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    Science and Engineering - Pre Masters - PGP University of Sussex, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,763 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, May
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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.