The Master of Real Estate Development program at the David Eccles School of Business has always been a unique entity in higher education.

It offers its students hands-on real-estate and development practice through the Utah Real Estate Challenge and other competitions. It features a faculty combining academic excellence and top-tier industry experience. It’s a joint program offered through the business school and the U’s College of Architecture + Planning, and incorporates a number of disciplines ranging from development and urban planning to finance, transactions and capital markets. Simply put, it’s one of the only programs of its kind in the world, and students enter the workforce uniquely prepared to succeed.

The program added another opportunity for students this year that further differentiates the David Eccles School of Business’s MRED program from its peers—Real Estate Around the World, a class which literally took a group of students around the globe in a two-week rush of company visits and networking opportunities from Asia to the Middle East to Europe.

“The trip broadened my perception of how the world looks at real estate,” MRED student Evan Hyde said of the experience. “Utah is not the rest of the world, and it was refreshing to get an inside look at how other countries handle things.”

The MRED Around the World class was modeled on a real estate partnership with instructor Jim Hill acting as managing partner, and the students in the role of junior partners. The students all helped conceive, research and execute the trip, which included visits to two real estate projects in each city.

Among the firms visited were international companies like Hines, Adobe and Costco, as well as country-specific developments in the cities vis