International Human Resource Management, Level 1

Course typeExchange
Course sectorHRM
Course duration5 months
SemesterFall (Sept. - Jan.)
For partners ofSchool of Applied Pyschology and Human Resource Management

The objective of the Exchange Program International HRM is to offer students from other universities outside of the Netherlands the opportunity to take part in the International HRM bachelor program at Saxion Enschede. The International HRM program delivers agile HR-professionals who are future-oriented and know how to deal with the dynamic and international or global environment of their organizations, their customers, their investors and their communities in defining successful HR. 

This I-HRM program focusses particularly on organizations that work in an international environment. In order to be able to react to globalization, international HR professionals should be thinking on a global scale (Ulrich, 2015). They need to convey a more international or even global way of thinking and acting to their organizations. At the same time, they need people who are familiar with local circumstances and who adapt the organization to these circumstances. International HRM professionals need to support the development of their organization in reaction to worldwide events.

This I-HRM program provides you a broad knowledge of the business. You need to understand financial aspects, how to engage and motivate people and how to coordinate and plan the flow of communication in an organization.

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The courses are:

Organization Theory: Strategic Management and Organizational Structure

This course give you an introduction to the discipline of management and the organization. You learn the principles of management from the viewpoint that organizations and management are always concerned with motivation of the people in the organization.

International HRM: Operational HR

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the connection between strategic, tactical and operational level regarding HRM. From our vision on HRM, we consider you as a starting professional who can operate in the role of junior HRM manager, junior change agent or junior strategic partner. In these role you develop the (strategy) implementation, give advice to and support line managers
regarding HRM.

Operations Management: financial management (including Excel skills)

This course gives an introduction to management accounting techniques in human resource management. The demand for accountability among all business functions has never been greater. People in an organization may still see HR as focus only on the ‘soft’ side of business. Boosting your financial intelligence can help change that perception. If you can speak the language, ask questions, and use the information, it will help you to give the HR department a stronger voice in business decisions.

Intercultural Communication Skills 2

In this course you are turning your awareness of intercultural differences into practical actions and are
going to find solutions for practical (HRM) cases in which organizations are able to leverage cultural differences. We are doing so by using the theory of Trompenaars & Hampden-Turner (2012) who are trying to understand diversity in global business, and trying to build cross-cultural competence from conflicting values (which is called Reconciliation).

Organizational Behaviour 2: organizational communication and culture

This course has the objective to improve insight of students into something rather ‘intangible’ in organizations, which is called organizational culture. You learn how people interact and work together in organizations and which ‘evidence-based’ ways managers and HR professionals can use to influence this behaviour in order to reach organizational goals. Whereas in Organization Theory the ‘hard’ side of organizations is studied, with subjects such as strategy and structure, the topics covered in Organizational Behaviour are dealing more with the ‘soft’ side of organizations. These will range from communication in organizations to cultural typologies and change management. In general, students will acquire knowledge and understanding of organizations in an international, Western-oriented environment.

International HRM 2.2: international reward management

It is the objective of this course to further develop and deepen the understanding of specific reward themes in an international context. This course addresses reward aspects of the increasingly Global Workforce. The globalizing world is an opportunity! Specifically, the impact of globalization on Reward Strategy (Armstrong, M. Strategic Reward) and Total Reward Management are important aspects in this course.

International and Comparative Labour Law in a European context

This course gives you the basic knowledge needed to discuss with the legal department or the legal advisor of your organization. You will learn about the international organizations like the EU and the ILO. Furthermore this course will make you aware of the legal complications of cross border working. And it will give some universal basic principles on issues such as equal treatment, minimum wages and social security.

Group Dynamics 2: teambuilding theory and practical exercises

This course give you an in-depth view on the discipline of group dynamics. Through experiencing differences within different groups, you will be able to look from an expert point of view and will learn how to handle these differences consequently. At the end of the course you will know how to analyze different roles within a team, will know which roles would match best within the teams, and will know how to lead teams with a clear and consequent focus.

A minimum of two years of higher education in a discipline related to and including Human Resource Management. A good command of English - at least B2 as described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  

For more information about the programme please contact Mrs. Wieke Ankersmit (