The world of automotive engineering is changing in light of the new international focus on environmentalism. Yet while people want cars with reduced emissions, cost remains a deciding factor for those who cannot afford the more expensive hybrid technology. A degree in automotive engineering will prepare future automobile experts to address these concerns, learning about the mechanical aspects of building cars as well as the social theory behind modern automobile technology. For European students or those who want to study abroad, Europe has several outstanding automotive engineering degree programs.
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HAN University of Applied Sciences
Located in the Netherlands city of Arnhem, HAN University of Applied Sciences is one of the top ranked applied science schools in the country, and offers an English-language Master of Automotive Engineering degree program. Two other leading science schools, the Czech Technical University and the University Ensieta in Brest, France, helped develop the program, and students actually spend time studying at both of these schools while earning their degree. Students spend the first two semesters in Prague at the Czech Technical University, then transfer to their choice of Brest, France, where they will learn in French, or Arnhem, Netherlands, where they will learn in English. In their final semester, students work on their major projects in the country of their choice.
HAN University of Applied Sciences Ruitenberglaan 26 6802 CE Arnhem Arnhem (Gelderland) Netherlands +31 24 353 05 00 han.nl
Westachsische Hochschule Zwickau University of Applied Sciences
Westsachsische Hochschule Zwickau University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau, Germany, offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in automotive engineering. A major in automotive engineering allows students to specialise in their choice of automobiles, car body engineering, automotive service, or internal combustion engines. The master's degree program lasts three semesters for full-time students. These programs are hands-on, and the university has the latest technology for student use.
Westsachsische Hochschule Zwickau University of Applied Sciences Doktor-Friedrichs-Ring 2A 08056 Zwickau Germany 0375 536 0 fh-zwickau.de
University of Leeds
In England, the University of Leeds has a four-year automotive engineering degree program that is Institute of Mechanical Engineers accredited--which means that, after graduation, students will have Chartered Engineers Status (CEng). The program focuses on both the mechanical and commercial aspects of automotive development. For those concerned about future job prospects, the university claims that companies such as BMW, Formula One teams, and Ford recruit its graduates.
University of Leeds 2 Great George Street City Center, Leeds LS1 3BR United Kingdom 0113 243 1751 leeds.ac.uk
Chalmers University of Technology
The Swedish Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, features an automotive engineering program that focuses on innovation and environmentalism, as well as safety and costs. Learning outcomes include a technical and social understanding of vehicle systems, a knowledge of technical advancements and the ability to create them, and comprehension of automotive products from both economic and environmental perspectives. Students also will learn teamwork and product development in a multicultural world.
Chalmers University of Technology SE-412 96 Gothenburg Sweden +46 031 722 10 00 chalmers.se
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