Best countries for UG engineering abroad
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There has been a sharp rise in the number of students going abroad for higher studies in the last couple of years. As per figures provided by the Institute of International Education, more than 6 million students are currently enrolled in foreign universities. Unlike traditionally, when only Masters programmes were popular among foreign students, Bachelor programmes abroad are steadily interesting these students. Engineering, of course, continues to be the hot course among students who eye foreign degrees. It is, in fact, the most sought after course for international students in the USA, the UK, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. The Best Engineering Colleges in the World Ranking  conducted by Times Higher Education, Academic Ranking of World Universities, and QS World University Ranking also place the universities from the above mentioned countries on the top of the list.


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Top UG engineering study destinations for international students

Fierce competition to get into the top engineering colleges in their home countries is not the sole reason for students going for higher studies abroad. Access to world class education with latest technologies, research opportunities and global exposure also attract the students to top universities abroad. While the US and the UK remain the top priorities for international students to pursue undergraduate engineering courses, the countries like Singapore, Australia and Canada entered the list due to the diversity of the courses they offer and the post-study work opportunities.

Massachusetts-Institute-of-TechnologyThe United States

The US is the all-time favourite of international students for engineering courses. According to the IIE, over 90,00,00 international students are enrolled in various US universities out of which more than 4,00,000 are pursuing undergraduate courses. Majority of them study Business and Management, followed by engineering and Math and computer science. Increasing job openings in the land of opportunities coupled with the provision for the STEM course students to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa by 17 months post-study have increased the demand for engineering degrees in the USA.


Look out for: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering

Duration: Four years

Degree Awarded:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Eligibility: 10+2, SAT and IELTS/TOEFL Score

A student planning to apply for an undergraduate engineering course in a US university must start the preparation at least 15-18 months prior to the commencement of the course. The application process includes shortlisting the universities and course specialisation, taking the standardized test, submitting the application, receiving the acceptance letter; exploring the financial opportunities and getting the visa.


Best US universities for UG Engineering

Name of the Institution

Tuition Fee per year

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

$ 43,710

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

$ 44,720

Stanford University

$ 45,729

Princeton University

$ 41,820

Georgia Institute of Technology


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


Carnegie Mellon University


Harvard University


Cornell University


Johns Hopkins University


* The amount is the international tuition fee for undergraduate engineering applicable in 2014-15 academic year


Andrew P. Disbury,
Director of International Office,
Leeds Beckett 

The United Kingdom

Engineering is the second most sought after course in the UK. While international students in the US look for conventional streams, in UK , students are known to explore unique courses in areas such as design engineering, advanced materials and manufacturing that provide them the opportunity of research and innovation.

“Maximum number of Indian students at our university apply for engineering courses, especially undergraduates. In order to give them better study opportunities, we are recently developing courses in Science Technology and Maths stream apart from the conventional streams such as integrated course in Computer Engineering, Electronics, Food Engineering, Audio Engineering,” says Andrew P. Disbury, Director of International Office, Leeds Beckett University, UK.

According to the UK government data, the country ranks fourth in the world for academic excellence in materials science, green engineering and plastics and advanced composite materials. The most common courses opted by international students are aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, marine or biomedical engineering.


Look out for: Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Structural Engineering

Duration:Three years for BEng and four years for MEng

Degree Awarded:Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

Eligibility: 10+2 and IELTS Score

The main intake into the UK universities is in September every year and the application deadline is June. However, the international students must not wait till the deadline as they have to obtain the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the university and get the student visa. Like the US, the UK application also needs the students to start well in advance right from appearing for the required tests to obtaining visa.

Best UK universities for UG Engineering

Name of the Institution

Tuition Fee per year

University of Cambridge


Imperial College London

£ 25,500

University of Oxford


University of Manchester


University College London (UCL)


University of Edinburgh


University of Nottingham


University of Leeds


University of Southampton


University of Bristol


* The amount is the international tuition fee for undergraduate engineering applicable in 2014-15 academic year


Arvind Gupta, 
President and Vice-Chancellor,
The University of British Columbia


Being an immigration friendly country compared to the UK and USA, Canada attracts many international students. According to statistics from the Canadian Bureau of International Education, the number of international students enrolled in Canadian universities is above 2,50,000.

“We get a good number of international students in our university to do engineering courses and our programmes are among the leading engineering programmes in the world. As engineering has high demand among the Indian students, we aim to provide them the best opportunities through our various undergraduate courses and exchange programmes," says Arvind Gupta, President and Vice-Chancellor,The University of British Columbia.


Look out for: Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

Duration: Four years

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) or Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.)

Eligibility: 10+2 and IELTS/ TOEFL Score

Best Canadian universities for UG Engineering

Name of the Institution

Tuition Fee per year

Waterloo University

30,000- 31,000 CAD

University of Toronto

39,580 CAD

University of British Columbia

28,000 CAD

McGill University

32,493 CAD

McMaster University

19,914 CAD


While the US lost its sheen due to economic recession and the UK because of visa norms, Australia continued to attract international students. Australian universities offer a wide range of undergraduate engineering courses majors, double majors and minors.


Look out for: Computer Systems and Networking, Telecommunication, Environmental Engineering 

Duration: Four years

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering

Eligibility: 10+2 and IELTS/ TOEFL Score

Best Australian universities for UG Engineering

Name of the Institution

Tuition Fee per year

University of Melbourne

AUD 36,224

University of Queensland

AUD 33,280

University of Sydney

AUD 35,600

University of New South Wales

AUD 37,440


Singapore has emerged as a major study abroad destination in recent years. It is one of the hottest destinations for international students due to various reasons. The major reason is the country's recognition as the financial centre of South Asia. International students usually opt for subjects like accounts, business and computer science.


Look out for: Software Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Duration: Four years

Degree Awarded:B. Eng (Hons)

Eligibility: 10+2

Best Singapore universities for UG Engineering                                                                                           

Name of the Institution

Tuition Fee per year

National University of Singapore

S$ 15,900

Nanyang Technological University


Singapore University of Technology & Design


Top scholarships for UG engineering students abroad

There are a number of scholarships offered to international students who pursue undergraduate engineering courses abroad. The major among them are mentioned below:

ASHRAE Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship

Scholarship description: ASHRAE Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship is given to students who obtain admission for undergraduate engineering programmes in the universities recognized by ASHRAE. The course must be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the USA.

Country: USA

Awarding body: ASHRAE

Award value:$10,000

Application deadline: December

QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship

Scholarship description: QUEST Scholarship is offered to students who study ICE accredited civil engineering degree in the UK. There are two types of QUEST Scholarship:

Company Sponsored Scholarships: These scholarships are offered by leading civil engineering or construction companies.

QUEST Only Scholarships: These scholarships are offered by QUEST or the C F Lunoe Trust.


Awarding body: C F Lunoe Trust or civil engineering and construction companies

Award value:£2,500 per year and paid work placement every summer

Application deadline: October


Herbert Rabin Endowed Scholarship in Engineering

Scholarship description:Herbert Rabin Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students who join for undergraduate engineering courses at A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland. The selection is based on the merit of the candidate.

Country: USA

Awarding body:University of Maryland

Award value:The scholarship covers the entire tuition fee and living costs. The scholarship is renewed for the next three years depending on the academic performance of the award holder.

Application deadline: There is no separate application for Herbert Rabin Endowed Scholarship. The meritorious candidates who apply for the UG engineering course are considered for the scholarship.


University of Sheffield Engineering International Scholarship

Scholarship description: University of Sheffield offers Engineering International Scholarship to internationals students who undertake undergraduate courses in Aerospace Engineering, Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Country:The UK

Awarding body: University of Sheffield

Award value:£2,500 per year

Application deadline:N/A


Monash University Engineering International Undergraduate Award

Scholarship description:Monash University offers Engineering International Undergraduate Award to internationals students who commence single or double undergraduate engineering degree at the university.


Awarding body:Monash University

Award value:$5000 per year

Application deadline: N/A


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