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Studying Electronic Engineering in USA

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It is every student’s dream to follow a path that leads to a secure and respectful career. Higher education not only aims to satisfy student’s urge to learn, but also to equip them with the specialised knowledge and skills they need to excel in the practical side of work. In this respect, the field of Engineering has gained more and more attention over the years and the demand for skilled people in the subject area is ever growing.

United States in particular is known to be a place for excellence in education due to its prestigious universities with extensive academic and research facilities.  US has well developed institutions that offer courses at all levels of study in the field of Electronic Engineering with 6 institutions in top 10 world rankings on the Times University Rankings including California Institute of Technology, Princeton University and Stanford University. Apart from these are many other institutions which are well reputed as learning hubs for thousands of students across the country.

Electronic Engineering

While studying Electronic Engineering in USA students can be expected to study subjects such as energy generation, transmission, electrical installations, signals and communication, C programming, controls and electrical machines. Towards the last years of your degree you will have the option to choose from a wider range of modules, allowing you to develop an understanding of diverse technical concepts and then specialise in your area of interest. Students also have the opportunity to work for companies such as Apple, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche and other well multinational organisations as USA is at the centre of the world for business and technology. What gives students a unique edge is the way US universities shape individuals to perform best in representing themselves as qualified and knowledgeable individuals with understanding of the practicalities of work by enriching their degrees with a fair amount of lab and field work.

Academic Requirements

With universities ranging from one of the bests in the world to moderate ones, the entry requirements for Electronic Engineering courses vary and students can gain the best opportunities depending on their own academic background. The competition is tough and students applying for Engineering courses at US universities need to have a strong academic background with deep interest in the subject for making sure they get admission into their desired university options. Along with strong academics, students may be required to take test such as IELTs, TOFEL and GMAT depending on what university and course they are applying for. Usually universities will expect high scores in these test and what score you need to achieve can vary depending on university but on average minimum requirement is to achieve 60-70% in the each test. You will also be expected to take the SAT 1 and/or 2 exam for undergraduate admissions and GMAT or GRE exams for post-graduate courses.

If for any reason you are unable to secure your more desirable options for the courses, don’t fret. You can take up a course with content that interests you, and work your way up to a better university or more relevant course if you wish to study towards your Master of PhD degree later on.

Course Structure

In USA universities use the semesters based system which is structured differently for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate courses are four years long and each year consists of 9 academic months. Overall there are two semesters in one academic year and each semester consists of approximately 16 weeks. Exams and test are carried out throughout the year and final exams are based both on semester and yearly basis. The same course layout runs for Masters’ degrees over two years with longer classes and sometimes more academic weeks.


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