A Summer You Will Never Forget

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Summer School 2018

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Explore the most beautiful part of Croatia

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Once in a Lifetime Experience

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Join a top summer educational program and sail the Croatian coast

14. – 21.07.2018.

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Begin the Journey

Start the Summer School Sail & Learn educational program on a sailboat in Trogir (Split), enjoy the beauties of the islands Šolta, Hvar, Vis and Brač and continue exploring the beauty of the Croatian Mediterranean coast! Get your ECTS points, and enjoy your summer holidays 2018!

The Summer School Sail and Learn offers a unique cultural and educational experience for international students. The summer school  program is based on the principles of  the  Business Model Canvas  where students develop their own innovative models by working in teams. 

Throughout the 7-day program, students visit a number of cultural and historical sights on the islands that help them develop a sense of local culture. This content helps them develop a sense of understanding  how tourism and life on the islands are intertwined. Besides that,  students get to know examples of innovative tourist services and products which help them develop their own ideas within the program itself.  The additional workshops on Innovative Tourism and Marketing help students develop skills to build their marketing plans and strategies with their team and prepare for final project presentations.

Students are situated on sailboats during the program, and share their living space and cabins with other students. Hence, the Leadership part of the program is present through all activities included in the program. The leadership thematic workshops  help develop communication skills for international teams, and raise team dynamics. Living arrangements on the boat throughout the program  are a part of the practical Leadership students face daily—with challenges and tasks aimed at increasing team cohesion and developing an understanding of various leadership styles and working in not only international, but also highly diverse teams based on the cultural , experiential and educational  background of team members.

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The Summer School Program

The Sail & Learn Summer School offers the opportunity to gain 5 ECTS points (3 credits). It covers topics from Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovative Tourism.  Join the Summer School 2018 and spend your holidays sailing Croatia.

The Sail and Learn Experience

Workshop Titles

Innovation: Idea Formation and Validation

Introduction to Innovative Tourism

Marketing Analysis Basics

The Structure of a Marketing Plan

Business Model Generation: Introduction

Business Model Generation: Start Planning

Destination Management and Innovation I

Team Awareness Strategies

Business Model Generation: The Finale

Destination Management and Innovation II

Leadership Workshop

Additional Program Activities

Guest Lectures on the Islands of Hvar and Vis (three sessions)

The Military Tour of the Island of Vis (professional, guided tour)

Feedback Sessions with the Program Manager (twice during the program)

Teamwork and Mentoring Sessions (guided by the lecturers)

Sailing Lessons (provided by the skippers)

The overall program goal is for each project team to develop a project idea in tourism based on the business model canvas principles.

Project Tasks

The students start working on their ideas on the first day of the program, when they form their project teams. They develop their project ideas as the program progresses, and in the final stage have the support of the lecturers who take on the role of mentors. The business model canvas workshops provide students with the tools to build their project idea, the tourism workshops give them skills to develop content, and the additional program activities give students examples of innovative tourist services developed by local entrepreneurs and businesses. The leadership workshops help students develop skills of international communication and working in teams, as well as solving conflict situations and handling stress.

Program Description


Students who enroll into the program should have the knowledge of:

  • the basic economic and business terms
  • the function of a business and marketing plan
  • supply and demand, and their function in the economy
  • managerial and leadership skills in theory
  • presentation and communication skills
  • experience with working in teams
  • English language proficiency (the program will be conducted completely in English, so students should have at least a B2 level proficiency (according to the European CEFR)

Non-educational prerequisites:

  • Participants must deliver a doctor’s note confirming their health is in good condition and they can embark the sailboat
  • Students should state special food requirements when applying to the program
  • Students will have to agree to a sleeping arrangement and share the space with their team members
  • Participants must include information on the type of their insurance in the application
Overall program goals and teaching methods

Program goals are to:

  • experience various leadership styles,
  • stimulate team cohesion,
  • create a business plan,
  • create an innovative touristic project or product, and
  • design a marketing plan for a project or product.

The following teaching methods will be used by the program instructors:

  • workshops 
  • case studies analysis 
  • project work 
  • team work 
  • field work 
  • mentoring 
Summarized competences and skills

Competences and skills (Students will be able to):

  • motivate and engage other team members
  • identify various leadership styles
  • describe the benefits of writing a business plan when entering into an entrepreneurial project
  • understand and explain the structure of a case study
  • understand the function of a financial plan
  • incorporate tourist trends into final touristic products
  • generate innovative ideas in order to explore marketing opportunities

Sail & Learn Itinerary 14.- 21.07.2018.

A 7-day trip along the Adriatic Coast

From Trogir and Hvar to Brač and back again

Students arrive in Marina Trogir. The departure from the Marine is on Saturday (14th July 2018.) between 4 and 6 pm.

The nearest airport to Trogir is the Split airport. However, the airport in Zadar is not far away and as well the airport in Zagreb which has excellent connections and a frequent bus line that goes towards Split.

In Trogir, participants are divided into groups and embark sailboats (the summer school participants and the business track participants are divided) and situated in cabins.
Throughout 7 days, the participants sail the following main route:


Program Destinations

Wonderful Adriatic treasures


The program starts in the Marina of the City of Trogir. A historic city situated in the heart of Dalmatia has easy access and a rich touristic tradition. The Split Airport is only 3 km away. From here participants will sail out to the adventure of exploring the most beautiful Croatian islands and engaging in a modern project-oriented business program.

Trogir Tourist Board

Amazing Mediterranean scenery comprised of little harbors, stone house villages and untouched nature hides numerous opportunities for exploring, walking and cycling. A perfect first stop for an active leadership workshop, team assignments and learning opportunities out in the open.

Tourist Board Island Solta

After leaving the calm island of Šolta, we arrive on the island that has been known as the oasis of culture throughout the history. Famous for its rich nightlife, Hvar is ready to be explored by those seeking fun and adventures. But, before we let ourselves enjoy a night out, we must revisit our learning program. 

Tourist Board Hvar
Pakleni otoci

The most amazing site of several isles with numerous secluded beaches, deserted lagoons and beautiful nature are a part of the Hvar’s riviera. They offer the opportunity to enjoy peace and azure sea.

Tourist Board of the City of Hvar

A natural landscape that has escaped the influence of industry and tourism for so long. It offers a great chance to explore secluded beaches, caves and small islands. Imagine diving, swimming and sunbathing surrounded by the crystal clear water.

Tourist Board of Komiza, Vis

The final stop before docking in Split we venture to probably the most famous island,  Brač, and what is proclaimed to be among 10 of the most unique beaches in the world – Zlatni rat. A perfect destination to finish our Sail and Learn expedition around the Dalmatian islands, we will wrap up the program, evaluate our team work, and enjoy the most wonderful sights one can imagine.

Tourist Board of Bol, Brač

Sail & Learn offers

Included with your registration:

The program and the trip include
  • An academic program with 5 ECTS points
  • A 7-day trip along the beautiful Croatian coast and islands  
  • Accommodation on the sailboat with towels and linens
  • Sightseeing and excursions as part of the academic program
  • Professional skipper with excellent local knowledge and sailing lessons
  • Free Wi-Fi on the sailboat
  • Supplies for preparing meals (breakfast / lunch /dinner)
  • Port fees, tourist taxes, and fuel
  • A Certificate of Completion, and a Transcript of Records issued by the institution
Prices and Registration


PROGRAM DATES: 14. – 21.07.2018.

Application deadline (extended): 29.06.2018.

Registration fee: 1.390 EUR (payable in installments)

Registration fee for students from partner institutions: 990 EUR

Special offer: price for shared cabins – bring a friend and save up money, get the price payable in installments: 2.090 EUR

Please contact us for additional information.

Contact information: Valentina Janjetic, MA, Program Manager,

Contact the Sail & Learn Team

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We will get back to you with an answer within one day.

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Telephone: +385 51 32 7037, +385 51 32 7322


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