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Study human resources abroad

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

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Human resources degrees abroad

Human resources (HR) refers to the management, administration, and development of employees within a business or organization.

People are the heartbeat of most companies, so their welfare and motivation are crucial to business strategy and success. As an HR student, you’ll explore the processes and principles behind successful personnel management across a range of organizational settings. You’ll be introduced to key HR practices, including recruitment, budget management, health and safety, and employee relations.

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, companies are always developing innovative ways to get the best out of their workforces. By studying HR abroad, you’ll gain an insight into the HR practices of thriving multinational companies. You’ll have the chance to connect with industry experts and learn from international leaders in the field.

Human resources program structure

HR can be studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Bachelor’s degrees are usually offered as a BA, but BSc courses with a more mathematical and economic focus are available. You’ll study over a minimum of three years, but you’ll be encouraged to undertake an additional placement year, usually after your second year of study, to gain practical experience in the sector.

Once you’ve completed your bachelor’s, you can enroll in a postgraduate program. A master’s usually takes one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. A PhD can take anywhere between four and seven years to complete.

All HR programs will be taught slightly differently, but most will be made up of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, and placements. Some universities will also arrange for you to hear from industry experts at guest lectures and visit the HR departments of local companies.

The way you’re assessed will depend on the exact module you’re taking, but exams, essays, written assignments, in-class tests, and presentations will probably feature at some point during your degree.

HR is renowned for being a flexible program with a wide range of elective modules to choose from. However, most courses around the world will cover these core study areas:

  • HR in the workplace
  • HR policy, practice, and law
  • Global business issues
  • Financial decision making and reporting
  • Academic and career development
  • Organizational behavior
  • Resolving workplace disputes
  • Management and strategy

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Human resources undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in human resources

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    Business Administration - Concentration in Human Resources - BBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,700 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Management (Human Resources Management) - BSc St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Business (Human Resources) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management - Human Resources Emphasis - BA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Human Resources - BA University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,298 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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Human resources graduate programs

Master's in human resources

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    Management with Human Resources - MSc Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,750 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Human Resources Administration - MSA Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,300 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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    Human Resources Management - MBA/MSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    39,150 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    International Human Resources Management - MSc London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    15 months
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Human Resources - MSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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Diploma in human resources

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    Business Administration - Human Resources - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,022 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in human resources

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    Human Resources Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Human Resources Management - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, July, September
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    Human Resources Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,022 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Human Resources Management - PGCert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,863 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in human resources

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    Human Resources Management (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,200 USD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Human Resources Management (with Placement Year), Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 USD
    Start date
    February, September
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Future human resources careers

Businesses are always looking for ways to outperform their competitors and reach their targets. As an HR graduate, you’ll have the tools to help organizations take their performance to the next level. You can apply your skills across several sectors and roles, including:

  • HR manager
  • Recruitment manager
  • Talent director
  • Organizational development professional
  • Diversity and inclusion manager
  • Corporate communication specialist
  • Training and development officer
  • Careers adviser

To boost your employability, try and secure some work experience or an internship during your gap year or university holidays. This will help prove your commitment and capabilities to prospective employers.