Advanced Course on Mobility and International Human Resources Management

Submission of applications
Until October 9, 2020

48 hours

Alberto Aguilera 23, Madrid

Openday CiD ICADE:
Thursday 03/03/2022 (06:00 pm.)
Thursday 12/05/2022 (06:00 pm.)

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Why study with us?

The globalization of the economy has led to an unstoppable growth in the processes of the internationalization of companies, which see opportunities to place their goods and services in the markets of other countries and, thus, maintain their growth and profitability in their own country.

However, this is not a process which is free of difficulty because most of the time the international movement of goods and services is accompanied by the displacement of professionals and their families who control investments or supervise the projects of their company abroad. This gives rise to a variety of management challenges that depend on the management of the company and, in particular, on the area of Human Resources.

In order to respond to the management needs posed by international travel and the international management of human resources, the Advanced Course on "Mobility and International Human Resources Management" was developed, which has a rigorous academic approach and an eminently practical methodology. It allows those who enroll in the program to acquire, at the end of the course, the knowledge and skills necessary to develop an effective international management of human resources and international mobility


Expert in "Mobility and International Human Resources Management"

Applicant profile:

This program is aimed at Human Resources Directors of companies which have an international presence or which are in the process of acquiring one. It is also ideal for those in areas of responsibility or technicians in International Assignments, as well as for those responsible for or technicians in Compensation & Benefits, for those involved in selection or hiring international staff, and those responsible for International Labor Relations. It is ideal for General Managers or Directors of International Operations, as well as technicians or managers of any area, who have or will have a functional responsibility in the international arena. Additionally, postgraduate students interested in developing a professional career in the field of international human resources management will be able to enroll.

Admission application filing period:

Registration period has been opened until October 9, 2020.

Enrollment form

Instructions for enrollment.


48 class hours

If it could not be attended in person, it would be taught online.

Classes begin on:

October 18, 2019

Punto de información:

Miguel Ángel Vidal Domínguez
Director of the Advanced Course on Mobility and International Human Resources Management
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The purpose of the Advanced Course on "Mobility and International Human Resource Management" is to provide an approach to the problems surrounding the management of international human resources from different perspectives, with a global viewpoint and in a structured and interconnected way.

At the end of the course, attendees will have acquired a broad level of knowledge and a multi-dimensional view of both the organizational issues related to the international management of human resources, and those related to the management of people in international assignments.  These issues include such themes as: international environments, the process of international assignment, compensation and benefits for expatriation, career planning, family situations, dual careers, repatriation or labor issues, social security (medical insurance), and fiscal, migratory or security aspects that affect professionals displaced abroad.


The methodology of the course is based on knowledge and know-how, with an eminently practical approach and special emphasis on the following aspects:

  • An interactive learning environment is created in order to stimulate and encourage the participation of students in the educational training process.
  • In each module, examples, case studies and descriptions of situations that emulate real performance conditions are offered.
  • Up-to-date contents on legislative developments, innovative work methods, current problems and new technologies applicable to the performance of international human resources management are used.

In all of the modules that make up the program, teaching material is provided to support learning, thus reinforcing both the theoretical knowledge of each subject and the practical application to the real intricacies of professional management.

Assessment Methods:

During the course, continuous assessment takes place periodically by means of questionnaires with issues for evaluation.  They are distributed regularly to students, and provide information on the knowledge acquired by each student in each training module.

The course is composed of different elements and subjects that describe the global environment, the normative reality and the technical and economic knowledge in which the management of international mobility of human resources is developed. These elements, organized into eight modules, correspond to the different areas of knowledge of international mobility management, represented by the following:

Module 1. Macroeconomic Scenario of International Mobility

  • Introduction to the global economy; environment and growth zones; the supply and demand of goods and services in global markets.

Module 2. International Management and Management of Human Resources

  • Theoretical framework of Human Resources Management and its application to the international environment. Transformation of a local company into a multinational one.
  • The management of cultural diversity-intercultural intelligence. The emotional impact of expatriation on the professional, personal and family environment.
  • Talent management in the international arena.
  • Global policies and teams in business internationalization processes.
  • Example of the management of cultural diversity; the case of Everis.
  • Recruitment, selection and hiring of international staff.

Module 3. Compensation and Benefits in Expatriate Compensation

  • Introduction to compensation policies; the compensation and benefits function. The concept of total compensation.
  • Remuneration structures: Fixed salary, short-term incentives, long-term incentives and pension plans. Approach to salary structure designs.
  • Salary and expatriation supplements: Incentive or expatriation bonus, Supplement for differences in cost of living (Complemento por diferencias de coste de vida or COLA in Spanish), Supplement for reduction of quality of life, Premium for distance, Risk premium and complement for dangerous conditions.
  • Compensation according to the duration of the trip: Long duration, "Home based country" and "Host based country". Short duration, the most widespread practices.
  • Benefits associated with expatriation: Moving, housing, schools, transportation, insurance, travel and spousal support.
  • Information for calculating expatriate compensation.
  • Compensation strategies in multinational environments and their impact on mobility. International compensation of managers.
  • Location policy: Retributive package and the most widespread practices in terms of compensation, specific conditions of the location agreements.
  • Repatriation: Keys to an efficient process of repatriation, benefits and complements, drawing up of return plans; re-adaptation to the company and relocation in its structure.

Module 4. The Expatriate Manual

  • The processes of international mobility, before, during and after expatriation; basic principles, integrating elements, table of summary and criteria for the preparation of a manual.

Module 5. Labor and Social Security (Medical Insurance) Aspects

  • Labor aspects (I): International displacement. The letter and the international assignment contract. Other critical aspects.
  • Labor aspects (II): The termination of the international assignment: causes, procedure and effects.
  • Labor aspects (III) Protection of displaced personnel from risks: corporate responsibility in terms of security.
  • Social Security – Medical Insurance (I): Introduction to the practical problems of Social Security, Medical Insurance, and its regulatory sources. International Agreements and absence of an international standard: Social Security Law applicable to international travel and access to benefits.
  • Social Security – Medical Insurance (II): Coordination regulations of the European Union: Social Security Law applicable to international travel and access to benefits.

Module 6. Fiscal Aspects 

  • Fiscal aspects (I): International displacement; consequences in the fiscal residence. Formal obligations of the company.
  • Fiscal aspects (II); Special regime for resident workers displaced abroad. Special regime for non-resident workers displaced to Spain. Formal obligations of the company in both cases
  • Use of new technologies. 

Module 7. Legal and Practical Aspects of Immigration and Emigration

  • Immigration processes (I): Immigration Law and Regulations; rights and freedoms of foreigners in Spain. Administrative situations of foreigners; regimes and procedures; First additional provision of the current Immigration Regulations.
  • Immigration processes (II): Law 14/2013 on Entrepreneurs and their Internationalization, Large Companies and Strategic Collectives Unit.
  • Emigration process: Preparation and international management of documents, General documentation to provide in emigration procedures, Obtaining and legalization of documents so that they have legal effects in other countries. Persons entitled to apply for residence and work permits, granting of powers; Formal and background requirements.  

Module 8. Establishment and Security 

  • Establishment support services ("relocation"), definition and most used services.
  • Security of displaced personnel; analysis of real and potential risks, means of protection and security protocols, collective evacuation in situations of emergency.
  • Health assistance in cases of emergency; advice and location of trusted hospitals, on-site medical assistance, transfer in medicalized vehicles or transport.

The program draws on the participation of professors from the Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE, accredited experts in different subjects, and on professional advisors, consultants and executives of recognized prestige in the field of the management of international assignments and human resources, who will share their knowledge and experiences in this field with students.


Degree in Law
Diploma in Business Legal Advice
Master’s Degree in Management and Development of Human Resources
Secretary General of the Spanish Association of International Mobility (FEEX)
Senior Consultant for Expatriate Management at PwC
International Director of Human Resources at DELOITTE
International Director of Human Resources at ABN AMRO Bank
Director of Human Resources of Telefónica Sistemas and Data Transmission of the TELEFÓNICA group
Lawyer and Head of Labor Relations at AENA


Doctor of Law
Associate Professor of Labor Law and Social Security (Medical Insurance) in the Faculty of Law at the Comillas Pontifical University
Advisor to the Economic and Social Committee of Spain (CES)
Author of numerous works related to the international management of human resources, among which include the supervision of the book entitled "The Expatriation of Workers" (Aranzadi, May 2012), among others.


Anta Callersten, Carlos
Corporate Director of Compensation and Benefits

Barrilero Yarnoz, Rafael
Partner of Human Capital

Caballero Savorido, José Maria
Former Director of Human Resources
Gómez Bengoechea, Gonzalo
Comillas Pontifical University
Professor of International Economics

González-Vigil Santos, Ángeles
General Secretary / Expert in International Mobility TELEFÓNICA and PwC

Lallana Fernández, Clara
Manager of the International Mobility Area

Leis Mayán, Jose María
Director of Fiscal Department, Director of Human Resources Services

López Mesa, Ana
Partner of Fiscal Department, Partner of Human Resources Services

López Rubio, Mª Victoria
Manager of Strategy of Contracting and International Assignments

Martín Matas, Patricia
Comillas Pontifical University
PhD in Translation and Interpreting. Associate Collaborating Professor

Martín Rodrigo, Maria José
Comillas Pontifical University
Department of Business Management,
Coordinator of the Course on "HR Management"

Matorras Diaz-Caneja, Ana
Comillas Pontifical University
Doctor in Law, Associate Professor of Labor Law and Social Security (Medical Insurance)

Molla, Javier
Security Manager

Morales Carmona, María del Mar
Talent & Culture, Global Mobility

Naz Altolaguirre, Antonio
SANTANDER Consumer Finance
Director of Compensation and Benefits / President of FEEX

Ortiz, Pedro
Head of Health Assistance Abroad

Saldaña Quero, Carlos
Comillas Pontifical University
Corporate HR Director of Transfesa.
Associate Collaborating Professor of Labor Law

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