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A Guide to Studying Automotive Engineering in Europe

Did you know that, as an international student, you can get a degree in Automotive Engineering at a top-ranked European university? Best of all, it's taught entirely in English and costs less than 1 year of tuition at a US college.
Automotive Engineering

What are my options?

19
European Bachelor's programs taught entirely in English.
34
European Master's programs taught entirely in English.

About this area of study.

You might think that all the car designing that could be done has been. The windscreen goes opposite the rear window, the correct number of wheels is four, and we've collectively decided that three-point seatbelts are a good idea.

Yet, every year, new models are released. The mechanical improvements in each may not always be obvious, but they are unmistakable if you look for them. New innovations in comfort and safety are commonplace. Meanwhile, novel technologies like electrical propulsion and advanced computer systems are equipping talented engineers with whole new territories for development.

Automotive engineering remains a vibrant and challenging field filled with opportunity. A 4-year bachelor's degree in this subject covers very similar ground to a more generalized mechanical engineering qualification. (It is more common for a mechanical engineering graduate to take a postgraduate course in the automotive field.) 

Much of the academic work done is specifically slanted towards the vehicle manufacturing process. Universities in both the United States and Europe maintain close relationships with car manufacturers in their regions, ensuring plenty of opportunities for practical work experience, internships, and the like.

The ideal automotive engineer is intensely curious about both the latest breakthroughs and ways problems were solved in years past. They may be assigned to work on anything from drivetrains to software to assembly line machinery, so technical generalists are preferred over specialists. Good mathematical and spatial reasoning skills are, of course, essential.

Careers options in this area of study.

There are nearly 300,000 mechanical engineers employed in the United States in all industries including automotive. Their median wage is $95,000 per year.

These jobs are expected to grow by only about 2% over the next decade. Europe, as the largest producer and exporter of machinery worldwide, has a more rosy outlook with 3.8% projected growth.

Admissions information.

The college admissions process in the US has become a race to the bottom as students compete with their peers for a single spot in a liberal arts college, convinced by parents and guidance counselors that their survival rests on playing a musical instrument or varsity sport. Many smart kids don’t do well on standardized tests. This doesn’t limit them as much when looking outside of the US, as many colleges in Europe do not require standardized tests. Many countries see entry into universities as a right, rather than a privilege, so admission standards are not as stringent.

How to study in Europe.

When you also factor in the many problems with US higher education, it is imprudent not to consider other possibilities. It is true there are many excellent schools in the United States—I don’t think anyone would argue that. There are some that have managed to look at applicants as people, and not just a checklist of achievements. Some even have reasonable tuition rates, and/or professors that actively teach and have highly engaged students. Despite this, I have yet to find a school in the United States that addresses all of these issues: allows students to opt out of the rat race the admissions process has become, have reasonable tuition, AND have positive results around the educational experience and post-graduation outcomes. Not every school in Europe provides all this either, but the schools listed in our database do.

How to find English-taught degrees.

Finding these programs is burdensome, difficult, and confusing, especially with institutional websites in foreign languages... We know that making the decision to study abroad can be difficult, so we want to make it easy for you. We scoured the continent for vetted programs and made them available to thousands of families looking to leave the US and find a better life in Europe. We found over 11,200 degrees, 870 universities, 550 cities, and 32 European countries to choose from. Europe offers an impressive range of educational opportunities!

We have gathered all of the information you need to know about studying in Europe – from the different types of schools available to how to get housing and everything in between. Our database helps you find these programs quickly and easily, helping you contextualize the many benefits and options around higher education in Europe.

You will be able to find programs and courses that suit your interests and needs, taught in English by experienced professors in state-of-the-art facilities. Search our database of English-taught European bachelor's and master's programs and get started on your journey to Europe today.

Travel the world while you get your degree.

Travel opportunities abound when attending college in Europe. For example, Lille, a city in northern France with multiple universities, is close to major cities such as Brussels, London, and Paris via high-speed rail. Air travel, especially with the rise of affordable airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and Transavia, can be comparable in price to rail travel, so many more destinations open up for short-term travel.

Find the college in Europe that fits you best.

Jump on the unique opportunity to find a degree from a top-ranking European university while still being able to study in English.

Beyond the States matches you with your ideal English-taught college in Europe.

Beyond the States provides access to 11,400+ European bachelor's and master's programs across 870 universities, 550 cities, and 212 areas of study, plus all the resources you need to get there. No sponsorships. No bias.
3400+
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
8000+
English-taught master's programs in our database.
550
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
870
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
€293,558
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
€55,098
Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

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