By Mahmud Hussain

Engineering is probably the most sought after major across the globe. This field has shaped today’s world in more ways than we can perceive, and it’s hard to imagine what this planet would have looked like without the advancement of engineering.

Most of the top universities for studying this interdisciplinary science program are located in the United States of America. In fact, a huge portion of international students going from all across the globe to the USA major in the various disciplines of Engineering.

This is why we have decided to make a list containing the top 10 universities in the US which are the best engineering schools for international students. These superb engineering schools have generous financial aid packages for international students in the form of merit scholarships, need-based aid, grants, loans and on-campus jobs. Most of the scholarship opportunities cover at least 70%-80% of the estimated annual cost of attendance. All of these universities require lower tuition rates compared to other places while maintaining high-quality education and research opportunities, proving that sometimes you can truly have the best of both worlds.

Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, FL):

Florida Institute of Technology is a private technological university that provides quality education furthers knowledge through basic and applied research, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It has its main campus on the east coast of Central Florida in Brevard County, site of Kennedy Space Center and NASA shuttle launches. Florida Tech attracts students from over 100 countries outside the US who account for nearly 31% of its undergraduate student body. It has on-campus housing and dining facilities and health centers for all students. The estimated total cost of attendance per year (including tuition, accommodation, personal expenses, transportation etc.) is 55300$, while average financial aid packages (including scholarship grants, loans and on-campus jobs) for international students hover around 15228$. Florida Tech has 34 research institutes, centers and major labs for enhancing research components of nearly all aspects of undergraduate and graduate education.

Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY):

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a hub of innovation and creativity occupying 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York State. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in several fields of engineering. RIT is a favorite destination for prospective engineering students all over the world, and there are currently 2250 international students enrolled. The estimated cost of attendance is 49411$ per year and average scholarship package for international students is around 9750$. A very special feature of RIT is that it’s an internationally recognized leader in preparing deaf and hard-of-hearing students for successful careers in professional and technical fields. The university provides unparalleled access and support services for the more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who live, study, and work with hearing students on the RIT campus.

University of Houston (Houston, TX):

The University of Houston is the second most ethnically diverse major public research university in the United States. Students come to UH from more than 137 nations from all over the world. The students here regularly test their skills through internships with national and international companies based here and the faculty routinely partner with businesses and government agencies through research. The estimated cost of attendance being 24,946$ per year, many international students find UH comparatively affordable that other universities in the US. There are also scholarship packages available for international students in the form of grant, loan and on-campus jobs.

Texas A&M University (College station, TX):

Opened in 1876 as Texas’ first public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M University is a research-intensive flagship university with 48,000-plus students studying in more than 250 degree programs in 10 colleges. It is home to more than 50,000 students, ranking as the sixth-largest university in the US, with more than 370,000 former students worldwide. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in various engineering disciplines. The estimated total cost of attendance is 22,407$ while an average international students enjoys a staggering financial aid package of 19,648$. Students can join any of 800 student organizations and countless activities ranging from athletics and recreation to professional and community service events.



University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA):

The University of Pittsburgh is a public research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Boasting a total 24,980 undergrad student body, Pitt is one of the leading engineering schools in the United States. Pitt graduates and faculty have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments. The yearly cost of attendance is approximately around 32,964$.

The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX):

Founded in 1883, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States, containing a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students. Considered as one of the best public universities for engineering, it has boasts top-notch facilities for research and computing including several world-renowned research centers and labs. Average yearly cost of attendance is 26,324$ and international students are eligible for getting various types of scholarships. With competitively ranked programs, world-class faculty and outstanding facilities, The University of Texas at Austin will give you almost infinite opportunities to make your academic experience as rich as you want it to be.

University of Washington (Seattle, WA):

University of Washington is a public research university in the United States. Founded in 1861, it is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast and has been labeled one of the “Public Ivies,” a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League. Ranked number 10 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings and educating more than 54,000 students annually, UW’s students and faculty work together to turn ideas into impact and in the process transform lives and the whole world, confronting the grand challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. The estimated cost of attendance is 27,112$ per year.

The University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM):

Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, The University of New Mexico occupies nearly 800 acres in the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is the state’s flagship research institution, the largest post-secondary institution in the state in total enrollment across all campuses and one of the state’s largest employers. UNM offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in various engineering subjects as well as a wide variety of other fields. It boasts an outstanding faculty that includes a Nobel Laureate, two MacArthur Fellows, 35 Fulbright scholars and several members of national academies. The average cost of attendance is around 21,169$ per year.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL):

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the nation’s top 10 public universities. Founded in 1876, its college of engineering is ranked 6th in both undergraduate and graduate programs nationally by US News & World report. Its long tradition of academic excellence drives its dedication to prepare students for their future employment and leadership positions. The estimated cost of attendance is 29,568$ per year and international students are eligible for hundreds of merit scholarships and grants available here. The university offer more than 150 majors and 1,000 student organizations for its 30,695 undergraduate students. You’ll find where you belong at Illinois.

Miami University (Oxford, OH):

Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public research university with a student body of 16,000. It effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. Along with an impressive number of opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience, Miami is distinguished by a faculty who love to teach and mentor students. In fact, in a new ranking in America’s Best Colleges, Miami has been recognized by US News & World Report for its unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. The estimated total cost of attendance here is 29,423$ per year, and the average financial aid package for international students is around 6934$.


Mahmud Hussain is an Intern, Content Writing at GradInsights, the career intelligence service of GradConnect.


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