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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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    Organizational Management and Human Resource Management - BSc Manhattanville College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    39,750 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,750 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration - Emphasis in Human Resource Management - BSc Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,400 USD

    Start date
    January, August, October
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    Business Administration: Concentration in Human Resources - BBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,700 USD

    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    Human Resource Management - BA (Hons) University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Business Studies with Human Resource Management - BA (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,880 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in human resources

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    Human Resource Management - ASc University of Findlay, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,330 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,330 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Human Resources - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in human resources

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    Business Administration: Human Resources - AdvDip Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,540 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,940 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Business: Human Resource Management - PBcDip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,863 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Human Resource Management - UGDip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    4,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,200 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,667 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,102 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Human Resources – Business Administration - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,727 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in human resources

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    Human Resource Management - Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Human Resources - Cert Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,522 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,917 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    14,966 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Human resources graduate programs

Master's in human resources

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    Business Administration:Human Resource Management - MBA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,454 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Management: Human Resource Management - MSc (with foundation) Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,389 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 EUR

    Start date
    February, March, May, August, October, November
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    Human Resources - MBA EU Business School, Spain
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,159 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,400 EUR

    Start date
    January, October
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    Human Resource Management - MA American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,190 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,190 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Human Resource Management - MA National University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,912 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,912 USD

    Start date
    July, September, January, April
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    11,191 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Business Administration: Human Resources Management - DBA Lincoln University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,996 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,465 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business - Human Resources - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,526 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Human Resource Management - GDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,161 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Human Resources – Business - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,727 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,907 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in human resources

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    Human Resources Management - GradCert Centennial College, Canada
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,734 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,187 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Human Resource Management - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,489 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,720 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Human Resource Management - PGCert Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,529 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Human Resources Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,022 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,006 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    January
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Pathway in human resources

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    International Human Resource Management Pre-Master's - PGP Kingston University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,044 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, April
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    Human Resource Management, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,790 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, September
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    Human Resources Management (Global Pathways) - PGP Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    4 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,200 USD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Human Resource Management, Pre-Masters Program - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,289 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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.