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Study industrial engineering abroad

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

Industrial engineering degrees abroad

Industrial engineering is a broad branch of engineering that deals with improving processes and products. As an industrial engineer, you’ll look to make things more efficient in order to save time, money, and resources.

Industrial engineering programs incorporate of range of topics including maths, physics, design, and business. You’ll develop a deep understanding of business, management and industry processes, and apply the knowledge you’ve learned to real-world problems and case studies.

It’s possible to study industrial engineering in a number of countries all over the world. Each country can approach the subject in a different way, with some programs focussing on management, and others concentrating on technical aspects. Therefore it’s worth doing your research to work out which study abroad destination is right for you.

Industrial engineering program structure

As a bachelor’s student in the USA, you’ll usually choose to study industrial engineering as your major concentration. This means you’ll need to gain a set amount of credits in industrial engineering modules, alongside other minor subjects and general studies.

Elsewhere it’s possible to study a BSc, or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) in industrial engineering at undergraduate level. In some countries like the UK, very few universities offer industrial engineering as a bachelor’s program and it is more common as a postgraduate master’s course.

Bachelor’s programs can last between three and five years, and studying for a master’s degree will take one or two years. You may also be able to study for a PhD in industrial engineering or a related area, which can take around five years to complete.

Industrial engineering programs are usually taught primarily through lectures, seminars and workshops, but you may also get the opportunity to learn on placement. The content and structure of each program will be unique each university, but some common modules you’ll study include:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering cost analysis
  • Business management
  • Engineering statistics
  • Physics for engineering
  • Supply chain management
  • Operation systems
  • Project management
Industrial engineering program structure

As a bachelor’s student in the USA, you’ll usually choose to study industrial engineering as your major concentration. This means you’ll need to gain a set amount of credits in industrial engineering modules, alongside other minor subjects and general studies.

Elsewhere it’s possible to study a BSc, or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) in industrial engineering at undergraduate level. In some countries like the UK, very few universities offer industrial engineering as a bachelor’s program and it is more common as a postgraduate master’s course.

Bachelor’s programs can last between three and five years, and studying for a master’s degree will take one or two years. You may also be able to study for a PhD in industrial engineering or a related area, which can take around five years to complete.

Industrial engineering programs are usually taught primarily through lectures, seminars and workshops, but you may also get the opportunity to learn on placement. The content and structure of each program will be unique each university, but some common modules you’ll study include:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering cost analysis
  • Business management
  • Engineering statistics
  • Physics for engineering
  • Supply chain management
  • Operation systems
  • Project management

Types of industrial engineering degrees

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Industrial engineering study abroad programs

Industrial engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in industrial engineering

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    Engineering: Industrial & Systems - BSc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Engineering: Industrial Systems - BAppSc University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,394 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Industrial Engineering - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,800 USD

    Start date
    May, January, August
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    Industrial Engineering - BSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,940 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,940 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Industrial Engineering - BEng American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,220 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in industrial engineering

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    Industrial 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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Industrial engineering graduate programs

Master's in industrial engineering

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    Industrial Engineering - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Industrial Engineering - MEng University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,514 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Industrial Engineering - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,118 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Industrial Engineering - MSc Altinbas University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    3,450 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,450 USD

    Start date
    September, March
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    Industrial Engineering and Innovation Management - MEngME Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,673 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,900 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in industrial engineering

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    Industrial Engineering - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Future industrial engineering careers

Industrial engineering is a valued discipline in nearly all industries, especially those dealing with manufacturing. Your ability to improve processes and increase efficiency is something all businesses value, so your skills will be in high demand. Popular roles for industrial engineering graduates include:

  • Industrial engineer
  • Business analyst
  • Operations manager
  • Project manager
  • Data analyst
  • Logistics engineer
  • Business consultant

To help you achieve your dream career, speak to your university’s careers service. They’ll be able to help you find appropriate internships, graduate roles, or give you help to craft your CV.

Taking advantage of a sandwich year that allows you to spend time on work placement will give you great experience and can help you work out which role is right for you.