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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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    Environmental Engineering - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Environmental Engineering - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,700 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Environmental Engineering - BSVE University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,478 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Environmental Engineering - BSc Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,566 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Engineering - BSc University of Vermont, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    41,280 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Diploma in environmental engineering

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    Building Environmental Systems Technology - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    19,800 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Environmental engineering graduate programs

Master's in environmental engineering

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    Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering - ME University College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    36,480 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Environmental Engineering - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    38,825 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Environmental Engineering - MSc University of Oulu, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Engineering Management - Environmental Engineering Track - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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Doctorate in environmental engineering

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    Environmental Engineering - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    36,480 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Environmental Engineering - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Chemical- Bio- and Environmental 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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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.