AIM Overseas is tremendously excited to be able to offer this new Inclusive Education program. This dynamic program aims at providing quality education for all children irrespective of their differences, dispositions or disabilities. It stems from values of equity, diversity and social justice and is promoted by many international and national programs and policies, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The summer school on inclusive education aims to provide students with a better understanding of concepts and theories of inclusive education, its historical development, international (political) discourses and various issues related to its implementation. Students will examine arguments of both advocates and critics of an inclusive education system. It addresses how various professionals such as trained general educators, special educators, social workers and psychologists can work together to provide the best possible environment for students with a wide range and level of learning difficulties. Inclusive school development and quality management in inclusive schools will be discussed. Students will be introduced to the Austrian education system and the current discussions regarding the implementation of inclusive education. Two field trips to institutions in Graz are included in the program and will provide insight into practical issues of inclusion in education.

This program is perfect for students with a education, social work, psychology or social welfare background that are interested in studying Inclusive Education from an Austrian and international perspective. 

** Details to the program are still subject to final change **


Hear from the Academics at the University of Graz


The following topics will be explored during the program:

  • Concepts and Theories of Inclusive Education
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Co-Teaching
  • Inclusive School Development and Quality Management in Schools
  • International Aspects of Inclusive Education
  • Inclusive Education in Practice


The course includes a number of excursions and cultural activities in order to give participants an appreciation of Austrian culture and attitudes. These cultural visits do not count towards the class contact hours of the course but do provide important cultural context for students. Below is the tentative list of places likely to be included as part of the program:

  • Traditional Coffee House
  • Eggenberg Castle
  • Riegersburg Castle
  • Chocolate Factory Zottery
  • Typical traditional “Buschenschank” (tavern)
  • Vienna Excursion: Guided city tour, Sigmund Freud Museum, Imperial Treasury and Schloss Schönbrunn (Gardens)

University of Graz

Karl-Franzens-Universität, also referred to as The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria’s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country.  With 32,500 students and 4,300 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here.

As a modern scientific institution, the University of Graz pools first-rate research in many projects and co-operations on a national as well as on an international level. Collaboration with partner institutions worldwide embody the integration of the University of Graz in a global network, enrich the scientific life and ensure the quality of teaching and research.


Instructor Information

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Gasteiger Klicpera is a clinical psychologist/health psychologist and obtained her doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Vienna. She is Professor of Inclusive Education and Dean of the Faculty of Regional, Environmental and Educational Sciences at the University of Graz. Her research interests are inclusive education, dyslexia as well as social and emotional disorders in children.

Edvina Bešić holds a Master in Psychology and Educational Sciences from the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a Master in Inclusive Education from the University of Graz, Austria. She is currently a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Educational Sciences at the University of Graz. Her research areas are inclusive education in the Austrian school system, participatory research with children and intercultural competence training.

Mathias Krammer is a junior researcher at the Inclusive Education Unit at the University of Graz. He completed postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester (UK) and the University of Graz. His research interests are: inclusive education; inclusive teaching practices; response to intervention, student monitoring and the application of statistical methods like structure equation modelling in the framework of educational research.

Lisa Paleczek is a psychologist and educational scientist and is currently working as a university assistant at the Inclusive Education Unit (Institute of Educational Science) at the University of Graz, Austria. Her research is focusing on inclusion of children with special educational needs in the school system, heterogeneous learning groups, reading and language development in L1 and L2 learners at elementary school, differentiated teaching methods and teacher training. 


You will stay at a twin share room in Hotel das Weitzer located in the city centre of Graz. Each room has a bathroom which you will share with your roommate. Breakfast will be provided daily at the hotel. WiFi is included.

Hotel das Weitzer


Hear the experiences of other students on this program

“Thursday we were given a free day to spend as we wish and prepare for our weekend in Vienna (a.k.a time to do some washing). I went to the Waschsalon in the morning and made friends with some Austrian men who were unsure how to use the machines, they offered to buy me a coffee as a thank you. Later on an elderly lady required some help with the machines so another lady helped her out and again was bought a coffee, I am noticing that the Austrians are very appreciative when help is offered and like to give back in return (there have been a few instances where we have offered someone a seat on public transport and they give thanks by offering a chocolate).” – Jessica Murray, Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Primary). READ MORE.

“Wednesday we were up bright and early to go visit Karlsdorf, an Austrian elementary school that is a leading force in inclusive education. We were all fascinated to see how the classes are structured – two teachers, team teaching a group of around twenty students, with students of all abilities and needs mixed into the classroom. We had time to talk to the Principal and ask questions, and we learnt a lot about how closely education is tied to politics in Austria – which is also true of most of the world, really.”- Beccy, Bachelor of Primary Education. READ MORE.


Map of Austria

Located in the centre of Europe, Austria is a German-speaking country characterised by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Austria is best known for its sugar-cake decorative church interiors, its historic palaces as well as its gothic architectural masterpieces (like St Stephens cathedral in Vienna). A high 62% of Austria’s land area is covered by the Austrian Alps, which provides a beautiful landscape for those who visit the scenic country.  Some other notable regions of Austria include Lake Traun, Eastern hillside vineyards and the Northern Bohemian Forest. 

Graz, located in the South-East of Austria, is the country’s second-largest city, holding around a quarter of a million people. Graz is one of the liveliest cities for after-hour pursuits and holds a great nightlife and vibrant arts scene due to the high student population (50,000 students over 4 Universities). Located in the centre of the city, ‘Dom im Berg’ was originally a set of tunnels used for air raids, however is now a large transformed clubbing and arts venue for all to enjoy. Graz has many attractions, from viewing landmarks such as Eggenberg Palace, visiting museums or taking nature walks through beautiful forests.



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.

Course convenors will not be able 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 this after you have been accepted on the program, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

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, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

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.



Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.

The steps to apply, and be accepted, for this program are as follows:

  1. Apply online
  2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
  3. We’ll review your results and application and, if we believe you are likely to be accepted for the program, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
  4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
  5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
  6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
  7. You'll receive your course syllabus, information on steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.

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, meaning you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.