Bachelor in International Human Resource Management

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorHRM, Business
Course duration4 years
Starting dateSeptember 2019
DegreeBachelor of Arts
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,083
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

Would you like to learn more about the key to success of an organization – namely, its human resources? And do you want to develop the skills which will enable you to become a business-savvy and internationally-oriented HRM professional? Then International Human Resource Management (IHRM) is an excellent choice for you! With your great communication skills, understanding of other people and your international interest, you will be able to work with intercultural differences and develop new approaches to HRM.

International Human Resource Management Bachelor’s degree programme

All over the world, the key to successful business is increasingly due to the performance of people, known as Human Resources or Human Capital. International organizations and their staff  continuously need to adapt to shifts in the external environment and have to feel ‘at home’ anywhere in the world. The Bachelor’s degree programme International Human Resource Management is a unique programme in the Netherlands and offers classes with national and international students. Therefore, internships and assignments are internationally-oriented.

What will you learn?

This programme is aimed at developing your understanding both of human behaviour in the workplace as well as the contribution of Human Resource (HR) policies and practices to the effectiveness of organizations. The Bachelor’s Degree covers all essential areas of International Human Resource Management, such as psychology, business economics, talent recruitment and people management.
You will acquire knowledge of human behaviour and learn how to use human resource policies to improve organizations. You will become a valuable sparring partner at management level as well as a hands-on professional who is able to contribute right away.

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Overarching themes in the International Human Resource Management programme are strategy and organization development, international HRM, business orientation and professional skills.

First year

During the first year of International Human Resource Management, you will get in-depth knowledge of the relationship between human behaviour, work and organisations and human resource at organisations. You will acquire knowledge of business economics, organizations and work design en human talent development.

Second year

The emphasis during the second year of IHRM lies on understanding human resource management in relation to business disciplines and principles. You will also develop your research and basic communication skills.

Third and fourth year

After gaining in-depth knowledge during your first two years about IHRM, you will learn how to approach HR from a strategic angle and how to guide organisation through periods of change during your third year. You will also learn the principles of the new work environment on e.g. leadership, organisation, human resource and advisory skills.

During your fourth and final year, you will complete an internship and write your Bachelor thesis within an international oriented organisation.

  • For the bachelor IHRM, the general Saxion entry requirements apply.
  • An intake interview (via Skype, telephone or in person) is part of the admission procedure. The result of this assessment is final and binding.


Upon graduation, you will receive the title 'Bachelor of Human Resource Management'. This will provide you with excellent access to the international labour market.

Careers in international human resource management

The business world can expect from you a thorough understanding of business-oriented Human Resources and an adequate translation of the international (corporate) strategy into relevant and modern HR policies. You will be a well-trained professional with in-depth knowledge of change processes and a broad set of intercultural communication skills. You will demonstrate a professional approach to working with diverse groups of people in an international environment.

Possible careers

Possible positions in organizations worldwide are:

  • HR manager;
  • Organisational development advisor;
  • Talent development manager;
  • Change manager for organizations worldwide.

Further education?

Upon graduation, you will receive the titel Bachelor of Arts. Would you like to continue your studies? That’s possible too. You will be eligible to do your Master’s degree for example in HRM, Business Administration or Human Resource Development at universities in and outside Europe.


  Marta Vukelic - International Human Resource Management (IHRM) Jana Nolting - International Human Resource Management (IHRM) Pavel Cholakov - International Human Resource Management (IHRM) Darcie Hudson - International Human Resource Management (IHRM) Alexandra Banto - International Human Resource Management (IHRM)  
  Marta Jana Pavel Darcie Alexandra  


Marta Vukelic (22) | Third year student

Marta Vukelic - International Human Resource Management (IHRM)"This study programme challenges us to be pretty autonomous and learn how to cope with our team mates"

Why International Human Resource Management at Saxion?

“Originally, I am from Zagreb, Croatia. There were several reasons why Netherlands captured my attention, some of them were: variety of programs offered in English, affordable tuition fees, competitive international environment, great connection with the rest of the Europe (you can quickly travel to France, Germany, UK etc.), possibility to get admitted to the first year of university regardless of your high school grades (selection is more motivation based, everyone gets the chance to start) but most of all, it was really great to know that all Dutch people speak English so well. That was really essential and it makes every-day life way easier for international students.

At the time when I was applying for Saxion, there were not many pre-enrolment activities offered, however, nowadays there are plenty, from Saxion experience days to education fairs etc. What attracted me was a very professional interactive presentation at my local library (in Zagreb) given by one of Saxion’s recruiters. Everything was covered by that presentation, from facts about the Netherlands, specific information about study programs, to costs of living and accommodation. They were also very open for all the questions coming from my parents and this was also one great aspect when you need to make such an important decision.”

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What do you like about International HRM?

“I was always interested in ways in which you can motivate people to perform the best they can and enjoy their work life. Psychology was one of my main interests at the time, however I wanted to study something less scientific, more practical and management/organisation related. I had a strong feeling about this programme, as it was, and still is very unique. There is no such programme offered in English in this part of Europe, except this one. I considered that to be an important advantage when it comes to employment after earning my degree. ”

Is there a specific module or class you especially enjoyed?

“My favourite part of IHRM curriculum so far was during last quarter of year 2. The reason behind it is in its practical aspects. We changed our location from classrooms at our university, and moved (together with our lecturers) to a nearby office, which was situated in a very creative and inspiring environment, a ‘home’ of many young start-ups. There, we had a chance to work on real-life HR cases (recruitment, training, development of business game, etc.). Everything was so flexible, as our lecturers were there only to advise us, and we did everything on our own. It was a fun learning experience and opportunity to see how young start-ups function. I would never have a chance to experience something similar in my home country.”

Are there any modules or courses you find hard?

“What I found most difficult is not any particular subject/class, but the constant team work. It was sometimes hard to get over your personal wants & fears and learn how to function as an equal team member. This study programme challenges us to be pretty autonomous and learn how to cope with our team mates. Sometimes this can be stressful, especially before exams, when we need to hand in all the reports and team projects.”

Can you tell us a bit about the projects you’ve been working on?

“During our studies we are constantly engaged in some projects. We diagnose problems that companies face in this fast changing environment, and accordingly we try to propose HR solutions. Some of the companies we had in our cases were: Starbucks, Royal TenCate, HTC, HEMA etc. I cannot even recall all of them. What we practiced with those cases were several areas of human resource management, for instance; change management, global mobility, company culture implementation, HR strategy formation and also organisational design. For Royal TenCate, leading Dutch company in artificial materials, we designed a training (workshop) on their new company values. The best training was chosen by company’s HR manager, who visited us at Saxion.”

What would you recommend prospective to do when looking for a study program?

“My tip for the prospective students is always to visit Saxion before they start the application process. There are many activities which will allow them to get to know the environment, teachers and their future class-mates. By spending one day at Saxion and even visiting the lectures, they will be able to decide if that’s really what they want to study. Another tip is to believe in themselves, and not to set any boundaries for themselves.“

A final word for future Saxion students?

“There are also many fun activities created for international students at Saxion, besides their study courses. Introduction (HOI) week is one of them. Moreover, there are plenty student associations, that organize day trips and weekend activities. At Saxion, they care about your personal life as well, and will always do their best to help you not to feel homesick or left out.

Marta is one of the ambassadors of International Human Resource Management. Would you like to know more about her experiences? Get in touch with her through IntoSaxion.


Jana Nolting (21) | Second year student

Jana Nolting - International Human Resource Management (IHRM)"If you want to study IHRM make sure you are willing to get to know new people from all over the world and broaden your horizon" 

Why International Human Resource Management at Saxion?

“Originally, I am from Germany. I decided to study in the Netherlands as I was always a huge fan of this country. I picked the IHRM study program as I was fascinated by the combination of business knowledge, psychology and communication. Furthermore, I always wanted to study in English in an international environment. As IHRM at Saxion was the only English-taught Human Resource study program with an international focus in Europe, I enrolled for it.  

I participated in a so called ‘Experience Day’ before I enrolled for this program. During this day, you can join an older student for one day and experience the real ‘student life’, including getting to know where to get the cheapest coffee and so on ;). You can ask a whole lot of questions and they are being answered honestly. This experience day made me finalize my decision for this study program. However, I would recommend joining an Open Day first before doing the Experience Day, in order to be able to compare these two different impressions.”

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What do you like about International HRM?

“I am currently in my second year and so far my favourite courses were the communication classes. I loved the subject ‘basic and professional communication’, as you get to know how to lead an intake talk with a future employee, deliver bad news or simply learn why people communicate in certain ways in specific situations. Therefore, I also deeply enjoyed the psychology classes in the first year, where you are being introduced to the most important motivation theories or group behaviour. Unfortunately, this course only builds your basic psychological knowledge and is only offered in the first year.”

Are there any modules or courses you find hard?

“I found the research courses a bit difficult and, therefore, did not really enjoy them. Here you are being introduced to the research computer program SPSS, which in my opinion is slightly hard to understand and to cope with. However, once you really concentrated on understanding it, you will get along with this course as well. Many students are afraid of the finance and law classes in the IHRM study program, but I think if you just be interested and always keep up with the workload, then you will enjoy these courses as well, as they offer you a great inside into ‘another world’ which you may be working in as an HR professional in the future – who knows :)?”

Can you tell us a bit about the projects you’ve been working on?

“One great project I remember was the project of the module ‘Reward’ in the second quarter of the second year. In this course we learned about compensation packages for expatriates – people who are being sent abroad by their company for a certain amount of time – and even got guest lectures from real expatriates. Our task then was to develop our own compensation strategy and package for a fictive company. On the one hand, we needed to design a brochure, for the employees that might go abroad, including all the necessary information, and on the other hand we were asked to write a descriptive report for the management board in which we would elaborate our reward choices. Moreover, we needed to present the compensation packages to the management board of the fictive company – a great assignment which I think could have happened in this form in real company life as well!”

What would you recommend prospective to do when looking for a study program?

“I would advise you to really think about your passions when choosing your study program. Of course there are always things in a study program that are not as expected or subjects that you may dislike, and that is completely normal! I think a good indicator for your choice is if you are normally also interested in the topic of Human Resources. Moreover, you should be open-minded and interested in other cultures and therefore also different approaches to tasks. If you want to study IHRM make sure you are willing to get to know new people from all over the world and broaden your horizon, not only staying in your comfort zone with all the other people from your nationality.”

Any final advice for future Saxion students?

“Let your heart decide. Even though your head says yes but your heart or your ‘tummy feeling’, as we say in Germany, says no: do not do it. This is your study program and should be fun for you, not a burden. Curiosity, open-mindedness and motivation will bring you a great experience with the IHRM study program. So, hopefully see you soon at the AMA, our faculty for IHRM :)!”


Pavel V. Cholakov | Alumni

Pavel Cholakov - International Human Resource Management (IHRM)“Choosing Saxion to continue my education was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The design of the courses at Saxion is focused on making student’s transition from an academic to a career path as smooth as possible. In addition Saxion is a very international university. An important part is the opportunity for extracurricular activities, such as forums and conferences. 

During my studies I participated in an international forum held in the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. In the program we took workshops with actual EU parliament members. If I had to choose my university again, I would definitely still choose to study at Saxion. To this day I still use knowledge acquired at Saxion. I am currently operating my own international business and pursuing a master’s degree.”


Darcie Hudson | alumni

Darcie Hudson - International Human Resource Management (IHRM)“To work in an International Business environment has always been my greatest ambition. Since the first day I stepped into Saxion, the connected, enthusiastic, warm team at Saxion, left me with nothing but relief, motivation and determination to move through this study.

IHRM is a study in which you are surrounded by teachers and enthusiastic students whom inject exciting new knowledge into you every day. What is so remarkable about studying IHRM, is the practical, direct experience you get from working with people from different cultures.

My advice: just apply and begin this journey of becoming an International Human Resources Manager with Saxion!"


Alexandra Bántó

Alexandra Banto - International Human Resource Management (IHRM)“Moving to The Netherlands two years ago was the biggest and most exciting experience in my life. There were many possibilities but I realised that to improve myself and make steps for a great future I need an international education.

I have choosen IHRM because HR field was always interesting to me and good work environment and relationships at work are very important. I think this study is very interesting because I have learned a lot not only about other cultures, how people think and behave but also about myself.

I find it very nice that the lecturers are very interested in getting feedback from the students and it is important what we think about the study programm. My favourite classes are the communication skills classes because I gain practical experience of the study itself in the exercises and in people’s behaviour. I learn a lot every time when we analyse a conversation, an interview or a presentation. I think this is the best way to study and explore my skills and interests.

I would recommend this programm for people who want to learn more about communication skills, cultural differences, psychology and would like to understand and help other people on the workfloor."

  • You will meet students from other countries with different cultural backgrounds.
  • The IHRM programme is well appreciated by employers.
  • Our current students do internships at internationally renowned organisations, such as Siemens, BMW, Daimler-Chrysler, KLM, Greenpeace, and the German Chaimber of Commerce in China.
  • After graduation you are ready for an international career as a junior HR advisor or as a specialist in the HR Department
    of an international organization.
  • Your Bachelor Degree also gives you the opportunity to continue your education at a university of your choice and obtain a Master’s Degree.

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Darcie Hudson