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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

  • Altinbas University Logo

    Computer Engineering Altinbas University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 8,500 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, September
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  • Greenville University Logo

    Engineering Greenville University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 27,580 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Atlantis University Logo

    Computer Engineering Atlantis University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 11,000 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, March, May, July, September
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  • MAHSA University Logo

    Mechanical Engineering MAHSA University, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 7,200 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration
    • Start date
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  • Arizona State University Logo

    Environmental Engineering Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 30,634 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
    Show more details about Environmental Engineering
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Diploma in engineering

  • MAHSA University Logo

    Civil Engineering MAHSA University, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 4,200 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years 6 months
    • Start date January, April
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering Design), Advanced RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 18,000 AUD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Tasmania Logo

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

    • Tuition fees per year 51 AUD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • Stephen F. Austin State University Logo

    Pre - Engineering Stephen F. Austin State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 18,564 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Logo

    Mechanical Engineering Technician Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,412 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January
    Show more details about Mechanical Engineering Technician
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Pathway in engineering

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    Engineering - International Year One University of Sussex, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,500 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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  • Flinders University Logo

    Engineering Flinders University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 28,500 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 8 months
    • Start date June, October
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  • University of Lincoln Logo

    Engineering, International Year One University of Lincoln, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 12,910 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September, October
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  • Aston University Logo

    Engineering, International Year One Aston University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,780 USD
    • Program type Undergraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of the West of England - UWE Bristol Logo

    Engineering, International Year One University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

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

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

    • Tuition fees per year 25,500 AUD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July
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  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Logo

    Aeronautical Engineering Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand

    • Tuition fees per year 19,900 NZD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • Durham College Logo

    General Arts and Science – Science and Engineering Preparation Durham College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 14,907 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • North Island College Logo

    Engineering Foundations North Island College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 8,905 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, May, July, September
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  • Northern Lights College Logo

    Engineering Northern Lights College, Canada

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

  • RMIT University Logo

    Engineering Technology RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 30,720 AUD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of West Alabama Logo

    Automotive Engineering Technology University of West Alabama, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 16,818 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • Oklahoma City Community College Logo

    Engineering Oklahoma City Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 7,552 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
    Show more details about Engineering
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Engineering graduate programs

Master's in engineering

  • Altinbas University Logo

    Mechanical Engineering Altinbas University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 3,450 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, September
    Show more details about Mechanical Engineering
  • Atlantis University Logo

    Computer Engineering Atlantis University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 14,500 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, March, May, July, September
    Show more details about Computer Engineering
  • Long Island University Post Logo

    Management Engineering Long Island University Post, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 44,100 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
    Show more details about Management Engineering
  • Arizona State University Logo

    Construction Engineering Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 25,118 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
    Show more details about Construction Engineering
  • University of Southampton, Malaysia Logo

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering University of Southampton, Malaysia, Malaysia

    • Tuition fees per year 13,337 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
    Show more details about Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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Doctorate in engineering

  • Altinbas University Logo

    Electrical and Computer Engineering Altinbas University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 4,950 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, September
    Show more details about Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • RMIT University Logo

    Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 36,480 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • University of Tasmania Logo

    Electrical Engineering University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 37,493 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
    Show more details about Electrical Engineering
  • University of Wyoming Logo

    Mechanical Engineering University of Wyoming, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,500 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date May, September
    Show more details about Mechanical Engineering
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics Logo

    Architecture Engineering Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    • Tuition fees per year 9,000 EUR
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, September
    Show more details about Architecture Engineering
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Pathway in engineering

  • University of Sheffield Logo

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

    • Tuition fees per year 16,600 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, March, September
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  • Lancaster University Logo

    Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science, Pre-Masters Lancaster University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 15,350 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 7 months
    • Start date
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  • University of Glasgow Logo

    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s University of Glasgow, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,480 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Sussex Logo

    Science and Engineering - Pre Masters University of Sussex, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,400 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, May
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  • University of York Logo

    Science and Engineering, Pre-Master’s University of York, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,150 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Certificate in engineering

  • University of Newcastle Logo

    Integrated Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 19,280 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • University of Tasmania Logo

    Maritime Engineering (Naval Engineering) University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 17,078 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 6 months
    • Start date February, July
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  • Fanshawe College Logo

    Practical Elements of Mechanical Engineering Fanshawe College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,726 CAD
    • Program type Postgraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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Diploma in engineering

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    Maritime Engineering (Technology Management) University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 33,120 AUD
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date February, July
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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.