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Study surveying abroad

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

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Surveying degrees abroad

Qualified surveyors are experts at analyzing, measuring, and recording the spatial characteristics of landscapes. This data is then used to inform the mapping, planning, and construction stages of projects.

Surveying is a broad field with plenty of opportunities to specialize in different areas, including quantity, building, property, and environmental surveying. You’ll gain a detailed understanding of the techniques and processes used by surveyors, as well as gathering hands-on experience that will prepare you for a successful career in the sector.

The global need for surveyors means that you can choose to study abroad in several different countries. Not only will you encounter new landscapes and technologies that will enrich your knowledge of surveying, but you’ll meet international professionals, explore a new country, and make new friends.

Surveying program structure

You can study surveying as a diploma, certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree.

The most popular course of study is to complete a BSc. Most universities strongly recommend that you undertake at least one placement year during your studies to gain industry insight and practical experience, so undergraduate courses will typically last at least four years.

Once you’ve finished your BSc, you can go on to study a postgraduate qualification. An MSc usually takes between one and two years to complete, whereas a PhD can take anywhere from four to seven years.

Most of your teaching will be done through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and tutorials. Many universities will also organize guest presentations from industry experts, as well as field trips to local surveying projects. The way you’re assessed will depend on the module, but you can expect to complete exams, coursework, presentations, group projects, and practical assessments.

What you study on your surveying degree will vary from university to university. However, most programs will cover these core topics:

  • The built environment
  • Understanding construction
  • Construction technology
  • Construction design
  • Land law and registration
  • Analytical skills
  • Managing contracts

Types of surveying degrees

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Surveying study abroad programs

Surveying undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in surveying

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    Surveying - BASc
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,520 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Surveying - BSurv
    University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,500 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Surveying - BSc
    University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,775 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Surveying Engineering Technology - BSET
    New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,693 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Building Surveying - 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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Pathway in surveying

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    Building Surveying (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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    Building Surveying Pathway - UGP
    Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,845 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Surveying graduate programs

Master's in surveying

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    Surveying - MSurv
    University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,590 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Building Surveying - 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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Diploma in surveying

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    Land Surveying - PGDip
    University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    33,068 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Future surveying careers

Thanks to the global shortage of surveyors, the career prospects for surveying graduates are exciting. Every country around the world needs skilled surveyors if they are to construct safe and modern buildings, so you’ll be in high-demand when it comes to the following roles:

  • Building surveyor
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Architectural technologist
  • Estimator
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Project manager
  • Site engineer

If you’re unsure about what type of surveying you’d like to specialize in, discuss the differences and similarities between roles with your career advice service. They’ll help you to secure some work experience with surveying companies where you’ll be able to get a taste of what aspects you enjoy most.