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Mechanical Engineering degrees abroad

Mechanical engineering is the study of machines and includes their design, manufacture, analysis and maintenance. It’s concerned with objects and systems in motion and can cover a huge range of fields including aerospace, manufacturing, electronics and the automotive industry.

Most mechanical engineering programs are a combination of science, maths and computing. It’s a subject that touches on all aspects of our lives and is a popular choice among international students looking to study abroad.

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Mechanical Engineering program structure

The learning and teaching methods for most mechanical engineering programs will be made up of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, lab sessions and design classes.

You’ll be assessed through things like written essays, project reports and exams. Undergraduate programs can last five years and can include a work placement year which gives you real hands-on experience.

The exact structure and content of each mechanical engineering program will be different depending on the university, however most will cover the same core areas:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering concepts
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Mechanics, structures and materials
  • Systems modeling
  • Bioengineering

Why study mechanical engineering abroad

Mechanical engineering is widely considered one of the most challenging subjects you can study, and will arm you with a wide range of skills. Mechanical engineers are always in high demand in the job market, and getting your degree abroad can give you an extra edge.

Studying abroad also means you’ll have more programs to choose from so you can find the university and course that works best for you.

Choosing to live and study overseas is also a great personal adventure where you’ll experience new cultures, make lifelong friends and improve your language skills. Find out more about the benefits of studying abroad here.

Where to study mechanical engineering abroad

When making the big decision of where to study mechanical engineering, there’s a few things worth considering to help you choose:

  • Work out what type of country you’d want to live in. Think about things like the culture, lifestyle and climate you would be happy living with. Remember you could be living there for several years, so it needs to somewhere you’ll enjoy.
  • Think about the university experience you want. It’s important you enjoy your time outside the classroom when you’re studying abroad, so look at what each university offers in terms of student clubs, societies and sports.
  • The content and reputation of the program. Look at what each program covers, and how well it ranks for mechanical engineering. Don’t base your decision on ranking alone, but it’s well worth considering if you want to study the best possible program.

It’s also worth looking at each program’s accreditation. In order to work as a mechanical engineer your degree may need to be recognized by that country’s governing body, so check this before you apply. Here’s more help on how to choose where to study abroad.

Best countries to study mechanical engineering

When working out which country is best to study mechanical engineering it’s worth thinking about which offer the best programs, and which offer the best placement and job opportunities.

The US is home to many of the best mechanical engineering courses, and it’s possible to gain experience by working in top international organizations. Germany is another popular study destination, thanks to its strong manufacturing sector, and quality universities.

Elsewhere, the UK offers a number of the best ranked mechanical engineering programs, and there are also fantastic opportunities in technology hubs like Japan, Singapore and China.

Best universities to study mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering is a popular subject around the world, so there are many options when it comes to choosing a university or engineering school abroad.

To narrow down your search and help you find the right university, think about:

  • The campus environment you’d prefer, for example a city based university or a smaller leafy college town
  • If the university’s program includes a year in industry or a year abroad, and what options they offer
  • What the university offers outside of the classroom
  • Where the university ranks for its mechanical engineering programs

It’s worth applying to more than one university if you can to improve your chances of finding a place, but only ever apply to places you want to study in.

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Mechanical Engineering study abroad programs

You can study mechanical engineering at a range of levels, including undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate.

At undergraduate level you can study a BSc, or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering). There is little difference between the two, however a BEng tends to involve more practical elements. You can also sometimes choose to convert a BEng to an MEng, which includes an extra year of study and is a master’s level degree.

Undergraduate engineering programs can last between three and five years, depending on the country you are studying in, and whether or not you include a year in placement or a year abroad.

As a postgraduate you can study an MSc in mechanical engineering over one or two years. You can also study for a PhD once you have your master’s, which can last up to four years.

Mechanical engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in mechanical engineering

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    Mechanical Engineering with honours - BEng (Hons) RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,116 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,200 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Mechanical Engineering - BS University of Colorado Denver, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,638 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,638 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Mechanical Engineering - BSc University of Central Florida, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,468 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,468 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Mechanical Engineering: Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship - BASc University of Ottawa, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,972 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 43,334 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Mechanical Engineering - BEng (Hons) (with foundation) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,274 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,595 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in mechanical engineering

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    Machine Tool Technology - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,655 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,655 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Mechanical Technology: Aircraft Maintenance - AASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,743 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,743 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in mechanical engineering

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    Machining Technology - Dip Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,877 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,520 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Mechanical Engineering : Technician - OCDip Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,957 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,207 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Mechanical Engineering (Bridge to UVic) - AdvDip Camosun College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,723 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,890 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Mechanical Technician: CNC & Precision Machining - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,899 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,838 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Mechanical Technician: CNC and Precision Machining - OCDip (with placement) George Brown College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    27 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,345 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,220 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Mechanical engineering graduate programs

Master's in mechanical engineering

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    Mechanical Engineering - MEng University of Colorado Denver, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,226 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,226 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Technology Management, Mechanical Engineering and Management (Combine with TUHH) - Integrated MA/MBA/MSc Northern Institute of Technology Management, Germany

    Program type
    Master's
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,476 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,375 EUR

    Start date
    October
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    Engineering: Mechanical Engineering - ME McNeese State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,075 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,075 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (MASc) - MAppSc The University of British Columbia, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,009 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Mechanical Engineering - MAppSc University of Ottawa, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,343 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Master of Applied Science Mechanical Engineering

Doctorate in mechanical engineering

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    Mechanical Engineering - PhD University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,800 USD

    Start date
    May, January
    Show program overview about Mechanical Engineering
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    Mechanical Engineering - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,445 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    May, June, September, October, November, January, February, March, April
    Show program overview about Mechanical Engineering
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    Mechanical Engineering - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,669 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
    Show program overview about Mechanical Engineering
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    Mechanical Engineering - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    May, June, July, August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April
    Show program overview about Mechanical Engineering
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    Mechanical Engineering (Daytona Beach Campus) - PhD Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,120 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May, June
    Show program overview about Mechanical Engineering (Daytona Beach Campus)

Entry requirements to study mechanical engineering abroad

To understand the precise entry requirements you’ll need to meet to be accepted onto a mechanical engineering program abroad, you’ll need to check with the university.

All universities and programs will have individual requirements, but there are some common criteria you’ll need to meet:

  • Secondary education with good grades in maths, physics and other science subjects
  • A personal statement that outlines your future plans and your interest in mechanical engineering
  • English language proficiency test scores
  • Academic references
  • A bachelor’s degree (BEng or BSc) in mechanical engineering to study at postgraduate level

If you want to study mechanical engineering in the UK and you’re from a country from outside the EU/EEA, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. Here is more on how to study abroad.

Future mechanical engineering careers

Most mechanical engineering graduates will go on to become engineers, but there are several options you could choose from, including:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer

However, because mechanical engineering degrees give you such a wide range of skills, there are plenty of other career paths you could take. Popular roles include:

  • Auto electrician
  • Transport planner
  • Patent lawyer
  • Production manager
  • Manufacturing consultant/researcher

If you know what career you want to pursue after graduation, make sure you choose a program that matches your aspirations.