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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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    Engineering Education - BSc 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
    August, January
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    General Engineering - BSc Trine University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    36,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,700 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Physics - Engineering Track - BSc Oglethorpe University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,300 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Engineering and Management Science - BSEMS Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,234 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,234 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Electrical & Electronics Engineering - BSc (Hons) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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Associate in engineering

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    Engineering Performance - ASc College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Engineering Science - AES Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Forest Engineering - ASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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    Engineering - ASc Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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
    January, August
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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
    January, April
    Show program overview about Electrical & Electronics Engineering
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    Electromechanical Engineering Technician - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,206 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,325 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,436 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Power Engineering - UGDip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,697 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,636 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering Design Technology - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,612 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in engineering

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    Engineering Performance - Cert College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Engineering - Cert Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,563 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
    10,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,794 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    General Arts and Science – Science and Engineering Preparation - Cert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,908 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,717 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,920 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    12,046 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering, International Year One - UGP Aston University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,780 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 USD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,140 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, 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
    Annual tuition fee
    17,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,720 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,910 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,910 USD

    Start date
    January, September, October
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Engineering graduate programs

Master's in engineering

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    Mechanical Engineering - Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems Track - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Engineering Management - MSc Trine University, USA
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,900 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,900 USD

    Start date
    August, October, January, March, May
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    Engineering - MEng University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,653 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,240 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Engineering Management: Energy & Oil Gas Management - MSc Frederick University, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,943 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    Sustainability Engineering and Management - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,000 USD

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in engineering

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,943 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    Environmental and Water Resources Engineering - PhD American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,710 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,710 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    22,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,896 USD

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Mechanical Engineering - Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems Track
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    Materials Science and Engineering - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Maritime Engineering - PhD University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,834 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,493 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    13,205 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Electronics Engineering Technician - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,072 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,112 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Systems Testing Engineering - PGDip Flair College of Management and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,780 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,495 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,719 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,355 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,120 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,589 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,078 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Engineering Management - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,466 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,466 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    23,455 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,600 GBP

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of York, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,646 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,150 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master's - PGP Aston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,670 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,670 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Brighton, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,915 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,510 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,108 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.