This program will suit you if you... 

  • Want to have an edge over other candidates when applying for your ideal job
  • Have some work experience and want to step up to the next level and manage people
  • Are interested in leadership and leading projects or organisations
  • Would like to be more persuasive or a better negotiator
  • Want to feel more confident every time you walk into your job
  • Are someone creative and are keen to create positive change in the world
  • Value your time and want to be effective at work. After all, we only get one life - who wants to waste it?


Destination Highlights

  • the European summertime! Enough said!
  • Discover a beautiful, culturally intricate country
  • Central location with good connections to travel in the region
  • A historical city, Zagreb, full of great food, vibrancy and impressive architecture
  • Discover the stunning city-island of Krk


Program Highlights

  • Study in two unique destinations in Croatia during the European Summer
  • Learn real-world skills that will slingshot your employability skills
  • Study at a fast-moving, innovative university
  • Get to understand what makes YOU unique and how to get the most out of others
  • Heaps of cultural activities help you discover the "real" Croatia
  • Expand your network and friendships with like-minded people from all over Australia


Program Description

Do you want to be a leader?

Leadership is not just about being the person in charge, the boss (although you will learn how to gain power and influence in this program!). In this cutting edge professional development program, you will learn essential skills like how to work effectively with diverse people and break down cultural, social and geographical boundaries. You will learn how to be adaptable in ever-changing environments. You will learn how to motivate others, manage conflict, affect positive change, solve problems creatively and SO much more.

Not only will you gain vital skills and discover your leadership potential, you’ll be doing it in the beautiful Croatian Capital of Zagreb AND the famously stunning Croatian Coast!

You have the chance to learn the art of leadership from expert academics and professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences as leaders. Your lead lecturer for this program, Goran Radman, has an impressive resume of leadership roles including International Relations Advisor to the President of Croatia, General Manager of Croatian Television and starting up Microsoft Croatia just to name a few!

Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity not only to learn how you can be the best version of yourself personally and professionally but how you can lead others to do the same.

This course is designed to develop personal leadership effectiveness through increased awareness of context, others and self. Throughout this course you will cover the following topics:

Week 1: Personal Skills
- Introduction to SDI methodology and its applications
- Introduction to MBTI methodology and its applications
- Developing Self-Awareness
- Managing personal stress
- Solving problems analytically and creatively

Week 2: Interpersonal Skills
- Coaching, counselling and supportive communication
- Gaining power and influence
- Motivating others
- Managing conflict

Week 3: Group Skills
- Empowering and delegating
- Building effective teams and teamwork
- Leading positive change

A confirmed schedule of professional site visits and cultural activities will be provided to you upon arrival.
Activities are likely to include:

- Croatian language and culture workshop

- Trip to Island Krk (explore the Croatian coast)

- Zagreb city tour

- Farewell party

Algebra University College

Algebra University College is the flagship of largest private educational organisation in Republic of Croatia and the region (Algebra group), present today in more than 20 cities across Croatia. Founded in 1998, we currently have more than 110 full-time employees and more than 400 associated experts and higher educational faculties employed also in industry.

Goran Radman is the Vice Dean for International Cooperation and e-Leadership MBA Program Director at Algebra University College.
His academic backgrounds are in the graduate and postgraduate studies of International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb, where he’s currently pursuing a Ph.D. in theories of international integration. He has acquired MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has refined his management and leadership skills through various executive programs, including the ones at INSEAD and London School of Economics. He’s also a regular lecturer of competitiveness and innovation at VERN’ University.
Goran has started off his professional career in 1984 as an International Relations Advisor to the President of Croatia and continued as General Manager of Croatian Television (1987). In 1992 he has moved on to private sector to manage MicroLAB, a computer engineering and consultancy company. He has joined Microsoft Corporation in 1996 to start up Microsoft Croatia and has expanded his responsibilities in 2000 as a General Manager of the Adriatic and later on South Eastern European region. He was appointed Microsoft Chairman SEE in 2004 and Chairman ECEE in 2007. He left Microsoft in late 2008 to become Dean of the VERN’ University of Applied Sciences and Chairman of SenseConsulting. Most recently, from 2012 to 2016, he has served as the Director General of Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT).
Goran is the founder and owner of NAUTAR, a strategy management consultancy, since 2001. In the community, he is proudly associated with and actively contributes to the Tripalo Centre for Democracy and Law, a policy think tank. Privately, he enjoys lecturing as much as sailing and mountaineering.

Ines Bezjak Kožnjak is the human resources manager at Algebra and is involved in the implementation of the integrative HR management system. With 19 years of experience in human resources, Ines has a wide skillset and knowledge from various HR fields, including Learning and Development, Performance and Career Management, Employer Branding, Employee Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Change Management, Happiness at Work etc. She is a certified trainer with a certificate for practicing the SDI® methodology (Strength Deployment Inventory) and uses different methods for facilitating group processes such as Art of Hosting, Points of You® etc. Ines has completed five years of psychotherapy education (transactional analysis) and is actively engaged in education as a soft skills coach, speaker at conferences and as an author of various e-courses (for example, the e-course "Stress Management – Organisation in Balance").

Accommodation will be confirmed closer to departure. You will most likely be housed in shared accommodation in Zagreb city center.

It's 2011. I'm 18 years old, straight out of high school and into uni. It's a couple of weeks in and I'm sitting in the uni's International Office at lunchtime to find out more about how I can study overseas. Three minutes in and it's becoming overwhelming very, VERY quickly. The cost, the lengthy application process, the organisation of everything (from finding my own accommodation to picking my own classes that match exactly with the subjects in my current degree) forced me to realise that I definitely wasn't ready for my overseas study adventure just yet... 

3 years later, I'm in my second last semester of my communications degree and I discover that overseas short-term study experiences are possible, and it really sounded too good to be true! Spending three weeks in America studying social media and marketing from expert professors in their field, visiting and networking with companies, whilst being immersed in American college life sounded like an absolute dream to me! Thanks to AIM Overseas, it was all possible! 

So, if you're tossing up between an exchange or a short term overseas study experience, here is what I've learnt about why you should consider a short-term experience:

1. It's financially a great choice if you can't afford exchange
2. You can work it around your current commitments
3. You can still absorb a whole damn lot in 3-4 weeks
4. It still looks AMAZING on your resume
5. It's a great way to get outside of your comfort zone... but not too far out


Croatia is a middle european Adriatic country, which lies between Slovenia of the west, Hungary on the north, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina on the east, while the Adriatic Sea divides it from its neighbour Italy. The convenient geographical position, as well as the good traffic connections make it easy to reach its numerous destinations in short distances.

Among its obvious geographical appeal, Croatia has been a major tourist attraction due to its starring role in the HBO series Game of Thrones, its well preserved first-century Roman amphitheatres and its crystal clear oceans and picturesque pebbled beaches.

Take part in this bewildering academic program to experience Croatia like no other!


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Early bird applications for our Mid-Year  2020 programs are now closed. They will open again on 6 January 2020.  

In the meantime, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates.

You’ll also be notified when applications are open!


The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.