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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 (Co-op) - BComm (Hons) University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,154 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,684 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Psychology (Human Resources Specialization) - BA Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,110 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,110 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business (Human Resources) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,634 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,634 USD

    Start date
    August, May, January
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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, October, August
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    Business Administration - Human Resources Management - BBA Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,566 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in human resources

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    Accounting and Human Resources - AB Davis College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,275 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,275 USD

    Start date
    May, February, November, 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
    January
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Diploma in human resources

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    Advanced Human Resource Management - PBcDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,796 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration: Human Resources (Vernon Campus) - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration: Human Resources - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    25,893 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,500 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Business Administration: Human Resources - AdvDip Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,103 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,940 CAD

    Start date
    September, May, January
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Certificate in human resources

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    Business Studies: Human Resources Management (Salmon Arm Campus) - Cert Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,084 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
    15,379 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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Human resources graduate programs

Master's in human resources

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    Commerce with Human Resource Management (12 subjects) - MComm Charles Sturt University, Melbourne, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    24,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,936 AUD

    Start date
    March, November, July
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    Human Resource Management - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Human Resource Management - MHR University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    27,824 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,140 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
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    Business Administration: Human Resource Management - MBA University of Bridgeport, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,210 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,210 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration: Human Resource Management - MBA University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,385 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,930 EUR

    Start date
    September, June, February
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Doctorate in human resources

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,499 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,150 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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Diploma in human resources

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    Business - Human Resources - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,088 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Human Resource Management - GDip London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,355 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,465 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,796 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    International Human Resource Management - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
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    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,557 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    January, October, July, April
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Certificate in human resources

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    Human Resource Administration - GradCert Central Michigan University, USA
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,555 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,555 USD

    Start date
    May, January, August
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    Human Resource Management - PGCert Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,341 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,529 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Human Resource Management - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,124 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,345 AUD

    Start date
    September, July, February
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    Human Resource Management - PGCert RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    14,413 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,720 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Human Resource Management (Co-op) - PGCert (with placement) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,825 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Pathway in human resources

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    Human Resource Management, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,226 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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    Human Resource Management, Pre-Masters Program - PGP Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,628 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,950 GBP

    Start date
    April
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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, November, July
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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
    13,404 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 GBP

    Start date
    April, January
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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.