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Learning Abroad in Human Resource Development

"Most organizations today value intercultural competence, diversity and inclusion, and having a global mindset. Human Resource Development, with its focus on organizational and individual learning and development, has a worldwide reach in developing, transitioning, and established economies all alike. For HRD students, one advantage of studying abroad is that it allows the opportunity to attain the knowledge necessary to meet these demands through an immersive experience with different languages, people, and cultures.”

—Joshua Collins, Assistant Professor, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

 

 

Human Resource Development Recommendations 

Map your academic plan with your departmental or academic adviser

Fulfill Academic Requirements

Liberal Education

Major Requirements

OLPD 4696—Internship:  Human Resources Development

Supporting Program credits

Financing Learning Abroad

Many abroad opportunities cost, on average, the same as what you will pay for a semester at the University of Minnesota. Do not let the fear that you cannot afford to study abroad keep you from exploring it as an educational opportunity. Learn more about how to finance your experience abroad by checking out these helpful resources.  

Study Abroad Scholarships

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

MSID—International Development in Kenya

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Kenya through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship project in the latter half.
  • Work with on-site staff to integrate HRD related issues to fulfill internship requirements (see above).
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required.

Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Senegal through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship project in the latter half.
  • Work with on-site staff to integrate HRD related issues to fulfill internship requirements (see above).
  • Instruction is in French; minimum 4 levels of college level French required.  Wolof and advanced French language offered.  

Americas

Argentina

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

  • Study language and culture in Buenos Aires--the political and economic heart of Argentina.  Students can take a breadth of courses in economics and Argentine history while enhancing their experience through service learning opportunities.
  • No language prerequisite; Courses available in English including “The Global Economy” and “International Marketing.”

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Ecuador through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship project in the latter half.
  • Work with on-site staff to integrate HRD related issues to fulfill internship requirements (see above).
  • Instruction is in Spanish; 4 semesters of college level Spanish is required.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Internships in Sydney 

  • Offers a 6 credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business.
  • Past internships have included Trace Personnel and Mondo Search (employee recruitment firms) in addition to small local businesses and multinational corporations.

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • The University of Melbourne, known for its excellence in teaching and research, consistently ranks among the world’s top universities.  Considered the “World’s Most Livable City,” Melbourne offers students both a metropolitan lifestyle while being just minutes away from vibrant beaches and abundant national parks.  
  • Offers a wide variety of courses that may work for your major, including international human resource management, business and management writing, managerial strategies in organizing work, and technical writing.

University Study in Australia: University of Sydney

  • University of Sydney is Australia's oldest and most prestigious university. It is ranked 38th in the world in the 2013 QS World Rankings and is consistently among the top three universities in Australia.
  • Courses are available in organizational management, talent management, and human resources through the Department of Work and Organizational Studies.
  • Modern laboratories, a brand new economics and business building, and internship opportunities are just a few of the highlights.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

  • As New Zealand’s oldest University, the University of Otago offers students exceptional academics against the backdrop of New Zealand’s South Island.  Dunedin is a welcoming college town with easy access to many outdoor and recreational activities including horseback riding, hiking, and skiing.  
  • Courses of relevant interest are microeconomics, macroeconomics, human resource management, and communication skills.

Thailand 

MSID-International Development in Thailand

  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships.  Homestays and internship/research further enrich cultural immersion.  Based in Chiang Mai, but with internship options outside the city. 
  • Work with on-site staff to integrate HRD related issues to fulfill internship requirements (see above).
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai language is required.

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark—International Business

  • Develop solid knowledge of the European business environment through business visits and study tours as well as classes in economics, marketing, and business.
  • Program includes study tours within Denmark and other European countries.
  • No language prerequisite.

Germany

IES Berlin—Business Studies in Berlin

  • Course are offered at the IES (International Education for Students) Center and the Berlin School of Economics in addition to German language courses.
  • Courses of interest include "Economics of Reprivatization in the New Europe" and "Business and Trade with Central and Eastern Europe."

Ireland

Study Abroad in Dublin

  • Take classes at University College Dublin including courses in Human Resource Management.
  • Internship sites will likely be with small start-up companies, so you can work closely with the employees and get a glimpse into the inner workings of a small business.

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Excellent program for students also completing a Spanish minor with upper division Spanish courses as well as courses on the history and culture of Spain.
  • A few business internships available.  Internships placements will likely be with small local businesses within Toledo, so you can work closely with employees and deepen your Spanish language skills.  
  • Four semesters of college level Spanish required.

Study & Intern in Madrid

  • Take business-related coursework in addition to a variety of courses available on culture, history and language.    
  • Past internships have included 360cs (helps entrepreneurs develop business), MadridEasy (helps international students find housing) in addition to small local businesses and multinational corporations.
  • Two semesters of college level Spanish required.

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

  • Offers a 3-credit or 6-credit credit professional internship placement along with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and business. Students participating in internships are required to enroll in the Global Internship Program course.  
  • Past internships have included the Fitness First Health Club, Queens Park Rangers (a local football club), small local businesses, and multinational corporations.

University Study in the UK: Lancaster University

  • Located in the beautiful Lake District of Northern England, the University of Lancaster offers its students a vibrant campus life and quality academics.  The University of Lancaster is annually ranked among the top 10 universities in the UK.  
  • The Management School offers a wide variety of courses in marketing, finance, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, business studies, and European management.
  • A variety of courses may be of interest for HRD majors within the department of Organization, Work, and Technology including “International Human Resource Management,” “The Changing Role of Management,” “ and “Managing People and Change.”

University Study in the UK: Northumbria University

  • Located in the regional capital Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumbria University is a newer institution known for it’s exciting coursework and thriving city life.  Newcastle is renowned for its sports and entertainment opportunities as well as its proximity to beautiful countryside.
  • Courses available in the human resource management track include “Human Resource Management,” “Employee Resourcing and Development,” and “Culture and Organization.”  Additional courses of interest offered in economics, business, and communication.
  • HRD students interested in building their support program around human resource management could pursue the Human Resource Management module.  

University Study in the UK: Queen Mary, University of London

  • Queen Mary is located near the center of London, yet it maintains a strong sense of campus community.
  • Human resource development courses include theories of management, human resource management, and organizational behavior.