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Study engineering in the USA

An in-depth guide to studying engineering in the USA as an international student

What do engineering experts in USA say?

  • Dr Robert Morley

    Dr Robert Morley

    Moraine Valley Community College Director, International Student Affairs
    Dr Robert Morley says

    Studying engineering at a community college in the United States starts students on a path towards a promising and financially rewarding career in the field of engineering.

    Studying at a community college also allows students to complete their studies at a fraction of the cost of a traditional, four-year university in the United States.

    Studying in the United States allows international students to pursue their academic and professional goals. Starting one's academic career at a community college allows a student to pursue academic and professional goals.

    International students are able to attain an associate's degree within two years and are then allowed to complete a paid internship (with an organization in their field) through Optional Practical Training (OPT).

    After completing OPT, international students can then complete a bachelor's degree after two additional years at a university and complete one additional year of OPT in their field.

    This highlights how completing a bachelor's degree through the use of a community college not only results in savings on tuition costs, but an additional year of work experience (if desired).

    The United States has some of the largest, and most prestigious engineering firms in the world. International students not only have the opportunity to study with professionals in the field but to also gain real-world work experience.

    International students are able to study in work in a wide range of fields related to engineering. They include, but are not limited to, aerospace, agricultural and biological, architectural, chemical, civil, computer, computer science, electrical, energy management, engineering mechanics, engineering physics, general, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, and systems engineering.

    There are certain fields related to engineering that international students can pursue after completing an Associate of Engineering Science (A.E.S) such as civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.

    Students can begin their career through an internship in the United States and gain the valuable experience needed to progress in a career related to engineering.

    Other fields related to engineering (such as biological, architectural, chemical, nuclear, etc.) can also be approached by completing a bachelor's degree in engineering (after transferring to a university) and completing an additional internship in the field.

  • Laura Hosford-Yunker

    Laura Hosford-Yunker

    Elgin Community College International Student Recruitment Specialist
    Laura Hosford-Yunker says

    The United States has been the number one study abroad destination for many years, and with over one million international students, remains the number one destination for international students due to the quality academic programs and international recognition. The United States has some of the best engineering programs in the world.

    The international recognition of a US higher education is not only valuable to gain employment globally, but the experience of studying in the United States is unlike any other experience. The people on our ECC campus are friendly, the students are inclusive, and the beauty of the United States is incredible. Studying in the US is also a great way to improve your English language skills while experiencing American culture.

    Not only is an engineering degree an in-demand degree and easy to find employment, but ECC offers a Guaranteed Transfer Admission (GTA) program to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Grainger College of Engineering for students who meet specific criteria. Taking advantage of this opportunity helps save on tuition costs and benefit from Elgin Community College's smaller class sizes and highly personalized academic transfer planning.

    Elgin Community College has over 72 university partnerships which makes it easy for students to complete a bachelor's degree and save money. Having an affordable option makes a US higher education accessible to more international students. More students can complete their academic objectives, which means more students benefit from the career prospects that come with the recognition and knowledge of a US college degree.

Top engineering programs in the USA

What are the top Engineering Undergraduate programs in the USA?

Bachelor's in engineering in the USA

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    Engineering Management - BSc Wilkes University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    38,752 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,752 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Applied Engineering - BSc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,120 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Mathematics, Engineering - BSc Stockton University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,605 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,605 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Chemical Engineering, Engineering Materials major - 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
    January, August
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    Wireless Engineering (Hardware Option) - BWE Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in engineering in the USA

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    Applied Engineering - ASc Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,120 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,120 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Engineering - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Engineering Graphics & Design Technology - AASc North 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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    Engineering - ASc College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Mechanics 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, June, August
    Show program overview about Mechanics Engineering
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Certificate in engineering in the USA

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    Engineering Graphics & Design Technology - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    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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    Engineering Performance - Cert College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Game Engineering - Cert California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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What are the top Engineering Graduate programs in the USA?

Master's in engineering in the USA

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    Engineering - Industrial - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Civil Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering - MSc California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Engineering: Mechanical Engineering - ME 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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    Computer Science (Art, Media and 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
    January, August
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    Engineering Management - MSA Central Michigan University, USA
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,466 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,466 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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Doctorate in engineering in the USA

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    Biomedial Engineering - PhD Rowan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 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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    Computer Science & Engineering - PhD University of Bridgeport, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,635 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Engineering/Mathematics Joint Doctorate - PhD California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Materials Science and 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
    January, August
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    Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in engineering in the USA

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    Engineering Management - PGDip University of California, Riverside Extension, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,200 USD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in engineering in the USA

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    Engineering Management - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,466 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,466 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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