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Human Resource Development in the UK


Manchester, UK

Program Description

The program will focus on developing skills in intercultural HRD and visual literacy. We will visit many locations throughout the UK to observe the differences and similarities in HRD practices between the UK and US companies. As residents at the University of Salford, we will observe firsthand the differences in HRD practices between major universities in the UK and US. As we tour the UK, we will also explore the use of visual literacy skills and technology tools, including social media, to document our learning experiences. Much time will be spent on traveling, shooting photos and video, building a portfolio, and publishing our our work. In-class time will be devoted to the theoretical underpinnings of international HRD, learning theory, principles of visual literacy, graphic design, and educational technology.

Location Description

The Human Resource Development in the UK trip will use Manchester, UK as the base. Students will be staying at apartments at the University of Salford, and we will be using classroom space at the university for our in-class learning activities. Much of the learning, however, will occur in the field. Trips will be made to Liverpool (which is close to Manchester), Scotland, London, and other locations in England. Four days of the week will be spent in and around Manchester. The 3-day weekends will be used to visit other locations and sites in the UK.

Click here for more details on the planned itinerary.


Diane Wilcox | | Learning, Technology and Leadership Education
Jane Thall | | Learning, Technology and Leadership Education


Accommodations will be provided for through student apartments at the University of Salford, with two meals per day provided in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

LTLE 372 and LTLE 470 are designed for undergraduate students. LTLE 570 and AHRD 570 are designed for graduate students. Each student will be required to take 6 credit hours in visual literacy and international HRD, regardless of status.

A prerequisites of LTLE 370 OR LTLE 570 (technology course) is recommended.

This program is targeted to HRD minors, COB majors, SMAD majors, Communications majors, Psychology majors, AHRD graduate students, Ed Tech graduate students, and sophomore level and above.

Students will need to obtain an international cell phone prior to the trip.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • A supplemental essay addressing the following question:

    One-page statement: "What are your goals in applying for this study abroad program?"

  • Attend an interview with the program director prior to the application deadline: Diane Wilcox | | Learning, Technology and Leadership Education -and-  Jane Thall | | Learning, Technology and Leadership Education

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.75.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


LTLE 372: Visual Literacy (3 credits)

LTLE 470: Diversity & International HRD (3 credits)

LTLE 580: Developing & Critiquing Visual Literacy (3 credits)

AHRD 570: Diversity & Ethics in AHRD (3 credits)