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Study environmental engineering abroad

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

Environmental engineering degrees abroad

Environmental engineering is a vital and rewarding subject that uses the principles of science and mathematics to manage ecosystems, restore polluted lands, and protect our natural resources.

As an environmental engineering student, you’ll be focussed on the development of new technology that can reduce things like pollution and flooding. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of water, air, waste, and environmental assessment, giving you an awareness of process sustainability.

Environmental sustainability is a global issue, with all parts of the world facing different challenges. By studying abroad, you’ll get to experience different environments first hand, increasing your appreciation of the challenges we face. It’s also an opportunity to access the best facilities and programs, broaden your personal horizons, and make life-long memories.

Environmental engineering program structure

As an undergraduate, you can study for a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering over three of four years. You can earn a BEng (Bachelor of Engineering), which you can often choose to convert to an MEng (Master of Engineering) after the second year of study. This means adding an extra year to your program to earn a master’s level qualification.

Some universities offer environmental engineering as a BSc, which will be very similar to BEng programs but may not be accredited by an engineering body. In some countries, like the UK, most programs are combined with civil engineering or another related subject like chemical engineering or architecture.

As a postgraduate, you can continue your studies with an MSc in environmental engineering which typically takes one year of full-time study to complete. PhD programs are also available, and will usually involve between three and five years of unique research on a specific area of the subject.

The teaching on most programs will be a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, field trips, and lab and design workshops. Assessments will vary for each module you take, but you can expect coursework, presentations, exams, and a final year dissertation.

Each university and program will have its own unique program curriculum, but typical core environmental engineering modules include:

  • Engineering science
  • Mathematics for engineers
  • Hydraulics and soil mechanics
  • Structural design and analysis
  • Surveying
  • Environmental engineering practice
  • Environmental policy and regulation
  • Geotechnical engineering

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Environmental engineering study abroad programs

Environmental engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in environmental engineering

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    Architecture and Environmental Engineering - BEng (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,090 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Civil & Environmental Engineering - BS Rowan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,970 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,970 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Civil and Environmental Engineering - Integrated BEng (Hons)/MEng Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,481 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Civil and Environmental Engineering - BSc University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,180 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,420 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
    Show program overview about Civil and Environmental Engineering
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    Civil Engineering / Environmental Engineering - BEng University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,079 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,270 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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Associate in environmental engineering

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    Civil & Environmental 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, January, April, June
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Environmental engineering graduate programs

Master's in environmental engineering

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    Civil & Environmental Engineering - MSc Rowan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,400 USD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Civil and Environmental Engineering - Integrated BEng (Hons)/MEng Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,481 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Civil Engineering: Environmental Engineering - MCE University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering - ME University College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,433 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,800 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Engineering (Environmental Engineering) - by research - MEng RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in environmental engineering

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    Chemical- Bio- and Environmental Engineering - PhD Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,681 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    Environmental Engineering - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in environmental engineering

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    Engineering: Environmental Engineering - PGDipEng University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    31,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,526 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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Future environmental engineering careers

Many environmental engineering graduates go on to work in the civil engineering industry, but the technical, communication, and management skills you’ll develop are in demand with employers across all sectors. Some of the popular roles for graduates include:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Environmental manager
  • Design engineer
  • Hydraulic modeler
  • Project coordinator

Take advantage of any opportunities at university that can help boost your career prospects. Many programs offer a sandwich year where you can work on placement and gain real-world experience.

Most universities are also full of great student organizations you can join which can give you valuable experience you might not get in the classroom.