Online specialization course in International Human Resources Management

The online specialization course in International Human Resources Management will prepare you for the challenges of international talent management based on a comprehensive vision regarding the importance of the strategy of the human resources department in line with the general strategy of the company.

  • talent
  • Human Resources
  • Management
Next edition
Classes start
09 March, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
29 March, 2022 (To be confirmed)
ECTS credits
300 €

In an international company, the role played by the Human Resources function has a strategic dimension that means it can be the difference between the success or failure of the company, and the survival or winding up of the international project. The aim of this subject is to teach the fundamentals for analyzing, planning, and implementing the Human Resources area in an international company. The course will therefore provide an overview of the main activities of this area.

In addition, it will analyse the management of expatriates, impatriates and executives in multinationals.Learning outcomes. 

At the end of this module, students will be able to answer all of the following questions: 

  •  What are the advantages and disadvantages of external and internal recruitment and selection in an international company?
  •  How are job positions designed?
  •  How is employee training and development implemented in the international arena?
  •  What approach and tools can be used to influence employee engagement?
  •  Understanding the success factors and global challenges that an international company faces.
  •  Understanding the different organizational structures of international companies and their connection with the strategic approaches adopted.
  •  What are the main advantages of using expatriates? And of using local managers? Why are impatriates a growing trend in the management of subsidiaries?
  •  What HR policies can be applied to reduce failure rates in expatriates?
  •  What coordination and control mechanisms can be used in the management of international subsidiaries?
  •  Understanding the new trends in international management contracting.
  •  Being familiar with key HR issues from a real and international perspective.

Once you have completed the program, you will obtain the International Human Resources Management course certificate, issued by UPF Barcelona School of Management.

Why choose this program


Content applicable to your professional role

The course will provide you with the necessary tools so that you can design and implement an international HR strategy aligned with the general strategy of the company and thus position the HR Department as a business partner and a key element in the growth of the company.


Expand your training at the end of the course

This course entitles you to transfer 3 ECTS toward the Online Master in International Business.


Adapted to you

Its online methodology gives you the flexibility to cover its content and undergo the necessary evaluations at your convenience.



You will be in permanent contact with lecturers and classmates through the forum and webinar sessions, where you can ask questions, share experiences and generate new contacts.


Prestigious qualification

You will obtain a qualification endorsed by the international prestige of Pompeu Fabra University which will allow you stand out and take on new professional challenges.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at professionals interested in human resources management in an international company, both in the definition of its strategy and in the management of people. As well as university graduates interested in international trade.

Admission and enrolment



Academic directors

Carles Murillo Fort

Academic Director

Manuel Cienfuegos Mateo

Associate Professor UPF

Francisco Puig
Lecturer (accredited as University Professor) in the Department of Business Management of the University of Valencia. He has a PhD in Business, obtaining the Outstanding Achievement Prize. He has been a visiting lecturer at HEC-Montreal (Canada), Manchester Business School, King’s College London, and UWE-Bristol (UK). He teaches undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate, and executives programs. Specialized in International Strategy, Business Turnaround, and Clustering, he has published articles in the most important journals in this field and has co-authored books and chapters in collective works. His research focuses on the intersection between Location-Strategy-Performance. He manages the Research Group "GESTOR" (Organizational Geostrategy: Clusters and Competitiveness).


At UPF Barcelona School of Management we are committed to a flexible and dynamic online model whose objective is to place you at the heart of the process so that you have control over the way you learn.  

To help you with your day-to-day management and to achieve your academic goals, you will have 24/7 access to the virtual environment so you can study at your own pace without a fixed timetable.

This will allow you to acquire key knowledge and skills while combining your education with your work and personal life, allowing you to make the most of the time you have available.  


Interactive teaching resources

Resources in different formats will provide you with a more motivating experience: videos, interactive material, links and downloadable resources. Designed and updated periodically by professionals and experts in the field, putting the latest knowledge, skills, and tools at your fingertips so you can take your career to the next level.


Collaborative learning

Participation and discussion with your classmates and lecturers are essential to the learning process. We will provide you with various resources such as the Forum, where you can propose new topics for debate, comment on and answer questions asked by the lecturer or respond to interesting comments.


Streaming sessions with experts

Videoconferences sessions with the expert lecturer or special guests will allow you to ask questions, discuss what you have learned and connect in real time as if you were all in the same place. To guarantee accessibility, we will record the sessions to make them available to you for subsequent consultation.


Personalized support

You will have both the support of the expert lecturer, who will guide you throughout the course and answer your questions, as well as the program coordinator who will accompany you in the day-to-day running of the program and facilitate access to the different services.


The course is evaluated based on the result of participation in the programmed practical activities and a discussion forum. The activities are evaluated through a rubric system that guides the purpose of each activity and, in turn, leads to a score accompanied by comments for each participant on their areas for improvement. This system is seen as a complementary tool that helps ensure the set goals and skills of the course are achieved.


The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. 


Professional Future

Admission and enrolment

The admission and enrolment process for this course consists of a few simple steps.

Who can apply?

The online specialization courses are aimed at professionals who want to acquire new specific skills to expand their knowledge and improve their professional career.

How to apply?

To enrol in this program, you must read and accept the Contract Terms and Conditions and fill in the registration form.

The following steps need to be taken to register for the course:

1. Fill in the admission application form. You will receive a username and password to access the eSecretaría platform.
2. On the platform, upload a scanned copy of your ID (both sides).
3. Go to the "Enrolment" section to pay for the course by credit card or bank transfer.

In certain cases, additional documentation may be requested. 

The application is subject to the availability of places.

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Specialization course in International HR Management
Modality: Distancia
Language: Spanish

Online specialization course in International Human Resources Management