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Study human resources abroad

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

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 study abroad programs

Human resources undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in human resources

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    Business Administration: Human Resource Management - BA Keiser University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,120 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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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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    Human Resource Management - BSc Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, 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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Diploma in human resources

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    Human Resource Management - UGDip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Tuition fees per year
    4,200 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Business Administration: Human Resources - AdvDip Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,940 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Business Administration – Human Resources - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration (Human Resource Management) - Year 2 - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,102 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Post-Baccalaureate in Human Resources Management - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,853 CAD
    Start date
    January, May
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Associate in human resources

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    Human Resources - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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    Human Resource Management - ASc University of Findlay, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    32,330 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Human Resources - ASc Montana State University Billings, USA | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,010 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in human resources

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    Human Resource Management and Business (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in human resources

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    Human Resource Management - Cert Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    -
    Tuition fees per year
    23,529 CAD
    Start date
    -
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Human resources graduate programs

Master's in human resources

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    Business Administration: Human Resources Management - MBA Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,000 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Human Resource Management - by coursework - MBM RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    37,440 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    International Business, Marketing and Human Resource Management - MA (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,150 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration / Human Resource Management - MBA University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    36,690 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management - MPhil University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,300 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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Doctorate in human resources

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    Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,150 GBP
    Start date
    October, February
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Diploma in human resources

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    Human Resource Management - GDip London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    9,465 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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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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    Human Resources – Business - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    14,907 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in human resources

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    Human Resource Management - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    18,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Human Resource Management - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    18,345 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Human Resource Administration - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    9,555 USD
    Start date
    August, January, May
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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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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 GBP
    Start date
    February, September
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    International Human Resource Management Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,500 GBP
    Start date
    January, April
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    Human Resource Management, Pre-Masters Program - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    8,950 GBP
    Start date
    April
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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.