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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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    Real Estate - BSc (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Real Estate: Development and Finance - BSBA Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,936 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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    Real Estate - BSc (Hons) Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Real Estate - BSB DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    40,551 USD
    Start date
    -
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    Real Estate - BSc Menlo College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    45,050 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in real estate

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in real estate

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    Office Administration – Real Estate - Dip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    14,945 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Real estate graduate programs

Master's in real estate

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    Real Estate Development - MRED Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    58,684 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Real Estate - MSc American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,600 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Real Estate Management - MSc University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Real Estate Development and Investment - MSc University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Real Estate - MSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,320 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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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.