Postgraduate in Internationalization of HR and Global Mobility

The Postgraduate degree in Internationalization of HR and Global Mobility is a unique and pioneering program in Spain. You will learn to draw up an international mobility plan for people with the aim of successfully achieving the international business strategies of companies.

  • Human Resources
  • global mobility
  • International Business
Next edition
Classes start
15 October, 2021
Program ends
04 December, 2021 (To be confirmed)
Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.
ECTS credits
3100 €

The postgraduate course will prepare you for a professional position in HR Global Mobility that is increasingly necessary and complex after the COVID pandemic. After a global stagnation in international mobility, a product of the 2020 health crisis, specialists indicate that a new era for international mobility processes is beginning. Despite a possible decrease in volume, there is a certainty that these processes will be more complex, more changeable, more expensive and more stringent for companies.

The crisis has shown that many companies, which were considered international, did not have the knowledge and the tools to manage a mobility crisis such as that caused by the coronavirus among their posted or expatriate employees. All this has further evidenced the need for an updated global mobility department prepared to add value to the company through a solid international mobility strategy.

The Postgraduate in Internationalization of HR and Global Mobility aims to consolidate the professional profile of the HR Global Mobility Manager, a role until now merely transactional, as an expert in the definition and implementation of international mobility plans, and consolidate it as a business partner that generates value and is part of the company's strategy.

During the program, you will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve an efficient and effective comprehensive management of the internationalization of HR, which responds to the needs and requirements of any international business project. You will also be able to identify and develop all the necessary requirements to define and successfully manage an international mobility plan.

Why choose this program


Pioneering and prestigious qualification

The postgraduate is a unique and pioneering course in Spain, endorsed by the Pompeu Fabra University, number 1 in Spain according to the Times Higher Education Ranking.


Academic excellence at your fingertips

Taught by long-standing UPF professors and professionals from the sector, directors of global mobility departments in leading companies in Spain, who will guarantee a faithful approach to the current workplace reality.


Networking opportunities

The program guarantees the opportunity to network with other professionals in the sector who have extensive work experience, so that experiences, good practices, and new models for the management of international mobility can be exchanged.

Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Course in Internationalization of Human Resources and Global Mobility is aimed at technical or managerial professionals with experience in international HR management and international mobility projects, and professionals in various HR areas (labour relations, compensation and benefits, selection, training and development) interested in specializing in HR internationalization and international mobility.

Admission and enrolment


This program is structured into three subjects, in which the most relevant and important aspects and concepts that allow the development and management of an international mobility plan will be addressed, from a practical approach based on professional reality.

All students must complete a Postgraduate Final Project that will consist of the individual preparation of an international Mobility Plan for a company.

Internationalization and International HR Management

This subject seeks to understand how the role of HR areas has evolved in internationalization projects.

The topics to be covered are:

  • Introduction to the global economy. VUCA environment.
  • Strategic HR management. New destinations and new challenges for HR. New challenges in global compliance and reputational risk management.
  • Impact: New generations in global mobility. New nomadic global expatriation profiles, local plus, commuters, swaps, etc.
  • Strategic cost management (ROI).
  • Culture of inequalities. Reduction of gender differences.
  • Repatriation.
  • Talent management in the international arena.
  • Recruitment, selection, and hiring of international personnel.
  • Strategic dimension. Identification of the profile and position to be covered. Criteria. Competencies. International base.
  • Definition of policies to attract, retain, and promote talent, linked to the business strategy.
  • The value of international experience. Knowledge transfer.
  • Management of cultural diversity and intelligence. Cross-cultural understanding.
  • Measures of integration and adaptation to different cultures.
  • Local management of multicultural teams
Compensation-benefits, legal, labour, tax, and immigration regulations and procedures

The objective of this course is to understand and know all those aspects considered as technical, relative to situations and questions concerning compensation and benefits, immigration, labour and social security, and fiscal aspects, which must be defined and specified before departure. They will be specific and different for each project and destination.

The topics to be covered are:

  • Introduction to compensation and benefits policies.
  • Compensation strategies in multinational environments and their impact on mobility. Remuneration package and most common practices in compensation matters.
  • Design of remuneration structures. Salary plus Incentives. Short/Long term. Typology of premiums and complements. Mixed formats.
  • Emigration processes: preparation and international management of documents. Requirements. Application for residence and work permits, obtaining powers of attorney. Formats.
  • Immigration: immigration laws and regulations.
  • Causes and procedures: types of contracts and international assignment letters.
  • Completion of international assignment.
  • Social Security: introduction to the practical problems of Social Security. Regularization. International agreements.
  • Bilateral agreements by country. Applicable regulations.
  • International regulations not regulated.
  • Tax obligations of the company. Tax residence. Agreements. Taxes. Double taxation.
  • Legislation: special regime for resident and posted workers.
  • Tax incentives by type of travel. Tax deductions. Obligations. Tax planning.
Security, Coverage of Assistance, and Expat Digital Transformation

This course is intended to teach the relevant and essential aspects of coverage and legal obligation of companies in terms of their responsibility for the safety and protection of posted people in each project, the impact of digital transformation in any internationalization project, and the importance of obtaining and analysing data, Expat HR Analytics. Includes a description of the roadmap of the International Mobility Plan.

The topics to be covered are:

  • International security. Analysis of real and potential risks, means of protection and security protocols, collective evacuation in emergency situations.
  • Travel Risk Management.
  • Duty of Protection. Legal, financial, and moral obligations. Management.
  • Medical and welfare coverage.
  • Relocation Services.
  • Data management and analysis. Expat HR Analytics.
  • Technological solutions to support mobility projects.
Postgraduate Final Project

Individual elaboration of the International Mobility Plan of a company.

Qualification obtained

Once you have completed the program, you will be awarded the degree of Curso de Postgrado en Internacionalización de RRHH Global Mobility, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.


Academic directors

Mariano De Las Heras Garrido

Consultant and Specialist Consultant in Internationalization of Human Resources and International Mobility at ICSSolutions Corp. Responsible for the Global Mobility Barcelona area.

Mercè Martín Vicente-Ruiz

Lecturer BSM


Manuel Cienfuegos Mateo

Associate Professor UPF-BSM

Carles Murillo Fort

Academic Director

  • Angela Blanco
    Founder of WORLDPATS
    Computer engineer and PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Postgraduate degree in HR Internationalization and Global Mobility.
  • Alfonso Bustos Sanchez
    Head of Learning & Development at RICOH España & Portugal
  • Juan Antonio del Pozo
    Deputy Director of Operations and Intelligence of Security at Endesa, S.A. Madrid
    Lecturer at Carlos III University of Madrid
    He has a Degree in Law from the Open University of Catalonia and a PDD - Management Development Program from IESE, University of Navarra.
  • Javier Llorente Busquets
    Labour Partner in Crowe Legal and Tributary
    Member of the Barcelona Bar Association, and professor of company restructuring in the Master in Law from ESADE.


This postgraduate course is taught face-to-face, combining the theoretical parts with an outstanding practical component.

This learning model will allow the participant to be able to solve and manage, individually or collectively, different problems or questions related to and associated with any process of internationalization of HR.


Real and practical objectives

Professional experts in the sector guarantee you a faithful focus on the current workplace reality through the contents taught.


Case studies

You will acquire knowledge in a practical way, studying, analysing, and debating practical cases of real companies.


Learning techniques

You will learn using innovative learning techniques, such as the contrasting of ideas, simulations, role-playing games, work presentations, etc.


Personalized support

Throughout the program you will have access to individualized tutoring so that you can develop an internationalization project from start to finish that can add value to your company or serve as a cover letter for new job opportunities.


You must attend 80% of the course sessions in order to pass, as well as submit the Postgraduate Final Project.


Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

You will study in a benchmark pioneering program in the sector with experts in the field from important companies such as Schneider Electric, BBVA, Ernst & Young, Ricoh, CaixaBank, Feliu N&I, Seat, IPM (International People Mobility) and Santa Fe Relocation.

You will be trained with recognized professionals in the sector using a practical approach that guarantees a faithful focus on the working reality of the moment.

Student profile

The postgraduate course brings together professionals with extensive work experience in positions of responsibility within the HR area in multinational companies, coming from different sectors and academic profiles: HR, Labour Relations, and Law.


Average age


Average number of years of work experience


From HR and Labour Relations degrees


Professionals in senior positions or area management


Junior or intermediate professionals

Career opportunities

You can count on our Talent UP professional development program from Careers, a training complement designed to increase the value and positioning of our students in the professional market. This program will provide you with tools and resources, through individual career counselling, training activities, company events, and career opportunities.

Participation and use of the program will allow attendees to extend the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the areas of HR internationalization such as:

  • Global Mobility Expert
  • Global Mobility Specialist
  • Global Mobility Manager
  • HR Global Mobility

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

To access the admission process, you must be a graduate, or intermediate level graduate with a university degree. Other candidates without the required university degree may take part in the selection process by virtue of their academic or professional merits and the place of work they occupy. Upon passing the program, they will receive a certificate of achievement issued by the UPF Barcelona School of Management.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.


  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.


  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 3335.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Grants and discounts

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.


Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

Application for admission
You are applying for admission to the program:
Postgraduate Course in Human Resources: Internationalization and Global Mobility
Modality: Presencial
Price: 3100
Admission fee: 120
We will deduct this amount from the total registration fee if your application is accepted. If your application is rejected, we will reimburse you.

Postgraduate in Internationalization of HR and Global Mobility