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Real Estate Institute Summer High School Program

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Due to COVID-19, the summer high school courses will be offered in an online format.  

For more information, call 212-636-7626 or email

Enhance your college portfolio and learn how real estate really works at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus in NYC; one block west of Central Park and Columbus Circle.

Fordham University Real Estate Institute
113 W. 60th St.
New York, NY 10023

Choose one, or all three courses this summer!

A Certificate in Building Design, Development and Innovation will be issued to students who complete at least two courses.

This summer, get a behind-the-scenes look at the many facets of the New York City real estate industry and learn what it takes to succeed in this fast-paced, high-income field. The Fordham University Real Estate Institute offers high school students the opportunity to learn how real estate—the built environment in which we all live, work, and play—is designed, constructed, and developed.

Through a mix of in-class lectures, hands-on exercises, and visits to prominent New York City properties, students gain a unique perspective into the numerous college study and career options that the field of real estate offers. All courses are taught by experienced industry professionals at Fordham‘s Lincoln Center campus in the heart of Manhattan.

Certificate in Building Design, Development and Innovation

Get an insider’s look at how the built environment is designed and developed, and learn about the many career paths that exist within the entrepreneurial real development field. Get a taste of real estate investment, development, design, construction, and the lastet innovative and sustainable practices. This certificate is awarded to students who complete two summer courses.

Summer 2020 Courses

Due to COVID-19, the summer high school courses will be offered in an online format.  

Real Estate Development in NYC: Principles and Process | REHS-0200 / $995
Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 13-16, 2020 (lunch break from 12-2 p.m.).
Gain an understanding of the phases, procedures, and complexities of developing and redeveloping various property types including multifamily, office, and mixed-use real estate. Topics covered include an overview of the real estate development process; assembling the team; project stakeholders; market analysis and site selection; environmental review; marketability and design considerations; and more. Course includes site visits. Students will receive a certificate of attendance.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation REHS-0204 / $995
Mon. -Thu. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 13-16, 2020 (lunch break from 12-2 p.m.).
Learn how to identify and solve problems that matter to for-profit (or non-profit) entrepreneurial ventures focused on real estate. Students use the lean startup method to systematically analyze business problems that real estate startups face and deliver elegant solutions. There is also a pitch competition where students work in teams to identify a cutting-edge real estate business opportunity and develop a business model with the goal of attracting angel investors.

Building Design, Innovation and Sustainability REHS-0202 / $995
Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 20-23, 2020 (lunch break from 12-2 p.m.)

Learn how the built environment is designed and developed through the prism of the professional practice of architecture. Topics covered include the history of pre-modern architectural design and modern architectural design including materials, form, and fabrication techniques; sustainable building practices; types of and career options in architectural practices; regulatory matters; building codes and zoning; elementary structural engineering; elementary MEP systems; capturing and conveying expressive ideas; Computer-Aided Design; Building Information Modeling; coordination of architecture and engineering systems and drawings; construction processes; the design charrette; and the role of the architect during the construction phase of a building.

Registration: Students are encouraged to register at least one week prior to the course start date. Enrollment deadline is three business days prior to the course start date.

Refund Policy: Students are eligible for a 100% tuition refund if they withdraw from the course before the official start date. If the intensive has already started, the refund schedule is as follows: 50% refund if the student withdraws before the third scheduled session. No refund thereafter.