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Study real estate abroad

An in-depth guide to studying real estate as an international student.

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Real estate degrees abroad

Real estate refers to the management and sale of land and property. It encompasses elements of finance, accounting, business administration, insurance, and economics.

By enrolling in a real estate program, you’ll develop the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to begin a successful career in the field. You’ll study every aspect of real estate management, from law, investment, and valuation, through to planning and construction. You’ll also gain a sound understanding of the different types of real estate: residential, commercial, industrial, and vacant land.

Real estate is a fast-growing global business. By earning your degree abroad, you’ll see how the principles and practices of real estate differ from country to country. The experience you’ll gain from operating in foreign markets and liaising with new networks of stakeholders will be invaluable.

Real estate program structure

Bachelor’s degrees in real estate are studied over a minimum of three years. However, most universities around the world encourage students to complete an additional 12-month industry placement so they can gather hands-on experience. Therefore, BSc programs normally last at least four years.

If you’ve got your heart set on studying in the US, you’ll probably select real estate as your major. All undergraduate degrees in the American liberal arts system require four years of full-time study. You’ll spend the first two years of your program taking general education classes, before concentrating on real estate modules in the final half of your degree.

Once you’ve finished your undergraduate degree, you can choose to enroll in a postgraduate program. Master’s programs in real estate can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD, which normally lasts between four and seven years.

Teaching methods typically include lectures, seminars, workshops, and field trips. It’s also common for industry professionals to deliver guest presentations. Your progress will be assessed through exams, essays, presentations, class tests, research tasks, and group projects.

Every real estate program will be slightly different, depending on the specialisms of lecturers and the elective modules on offer. However, most courses will address these key areas:

  • Building design and construction
  • Economics of the built environment
  • Real estate law
  • Property management and professional practice
  • Introduction to valuation
  • Land law
  • Real estate investment
  • Planning law and practice

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Real estate study abroad programs

Real estate undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in real estate

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    Business Administration, Economics, Finance, and Real Estate Concentrations - BSBA Monmouth University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,438 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,438 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration: Real Estate - BBA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,035 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,120 EUR

    Start date
    September, June, February
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    Economics & Finance: Real Estate - BEcon University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,240 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,240 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Finance - Real Estate - BBA University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    International Business Administration: Real Estate Management - BBA (with foundation) Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    42 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,769 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,900 EUR

    Start date
    August, May, March, February, November, October
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Associate in real estate

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    Real Estate - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    August, June, February
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    Real Estate - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Real Estate - ASc San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Real Estate (Transfer Degree) - AASc North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, June, April
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Certificate in real estate

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    Real Estate - AA/Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate/Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Real Estate Property Management - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    April, September, June
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Pathway in real estate

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    Real Estate & Property Management (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,379 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Real estate graduate programs

Master's in real estate

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    Business Administration: Real Estate Management - MBA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,385 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,930 EUR

    Start date
    June, September, February
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    Real Estate - MSc American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Real Estate - MSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,320 USD

    Start date
    September, March, January
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    Real Estate - MSc Royal Agricultural University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,270 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,240 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Real Estate Development - MRED Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    58,684 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 58,684 USD

    Start date
    August
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Future real estate careers

Real estate graduates have impressive employment prospects thanks to the international nature of the industry.

People, businesses, and organizations are always looking to buy, sell, and develop real estate. Therefore, you’ll have the chance to apply your expertise across several roles, including:

  • Real estate manager
  • Estate agent
  • Property broker
  • Property valuer
  • Property developer
  • Real estate appraiser/ broker
  • Property consultant
  • Surveyor

Participating in relevant work experience is a fantastic way to boost your employability and attract the attention of potential employers. Your university’s career service can support you with finding and applying for these opportunities.