Applications for our January 2020 intake are now closed. If you are still interested in applying, please contact us at as we may consider late applications for some of our programs.

Due to the high level of demand received for our July International Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation program in Austria, we have created a U.S. counterpart to the program which will be held every January, beginning in 2020.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which refers to the resolution of disputes using a process other than trial, has become an everyday part of civil litigation practice, business, insurance, commercial transactions, and government affairs. More than 90% of all civil lawsuits are resolved before trial, with most cases reaching resolution through some form of ADR. To be effective advocates, lawyers must learn to understand ADR, analyse which ADR process is appropriate, and effectively use specialised communication, negotiation, and arbitration skills during ADR proceedings. This course will introduce you to various forms of ADR at the local and international levels, so you can achieve superior results for your clients that are not available through the trial process and be able to provide the highest calibre of legal services.

Meet Professor Gregg Relyea from UC San Diego! 

This is a skills-based program that will familarise you with basic ADR terms and concepts, with a focus on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The program will define and distinguish ADR from trial, examining the benefits and advantages of each. The program will be highly interactive and include numerous opportunities to practice new skills and techniques.

The program will cover the following topics:

- Introduction and Overview of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- Negotiation Principles and Skills
- Alternatives to Negotiated Agreement (BATNA, WARNA, MLATNA)
- Negotiator Styles
- Effective Negotiation Tactics
- Specialised Communication Techniques
- Mediation
- Arbitration

Site visits and cultural activities will be confirmed upon arrival. Below is a list of tentative activities may be included:

- Campus tour
- Guided half-day tour of San Diego

You will also have field trips relevant to legal education which will be confirmed closer to the program start date.

University of California San Diego

The University of California San Diego is a public research univeristy located in the La Jolla neighbourhood of San Diego. The university was ranked 20th in the CWUR World University Rankings 2018-2019.

Gregg F. Relyea, ESQ.
Gregg has had an impressive career in the legal field spanning decades. He has been a practicing lawyer of the State Bar of California since 1982 to present. Gregg is also a member of the Panel of Distinguished Mediators, American Arbitration Association. Gregg has also undertaken many formal mediation training courses including: the Harvard Mediation Program, Peer Mediation Training (Mediation Training for Elementary School Students), Community Mediation Training and more!
Gregg has written a number of articles and publications specialising in mediation and ADR.

Students will be staying with a host family for the duration of the program. The homes are at a maximum of a 50 minute commute to the university campus. Students will have a single room and shared bathroom facilities within the home. There will be breakfast and dinner provided daily. Linen and towels will be provided and laundry facilities will be available.

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


San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California known for its famous white sand beaches and sunny weather.


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.

Applications are currently closed for this program. You can register your interest for our January 2021 programs here. Alternatively, applications for our July 2020 intake are now 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, payments for the January 2020 intake will be due at the absolute latest by 28th October 2019.

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.