Global Study
Data-Driven Storytelling

Data Driven Storytelling

Zagreb, Croatia

This Data-Driven Storytelling program will empower you to create powerful narratives using Big Data to influence or persuade an audience. A useful skill for anyone, especially those who are studying Health, Marketing or Journalism.

Storytelling has always played a fundamental role in how we share our history, ideas and experiences. Powerful storytelling is an inherently human skill and immune to factors automation and artificial intelligence which are currently disrupting many industries. When storytelling is further strengthened by the intelligent use of big data, very powerful tools can be created to influence individuals, a skill that is very much in demand for industries like health promotion, marketing and journalism.

During this course, we will take a deep dive into the field of data science to demonstrate the use of various mathematical techniques for efficient content creation. Using practical examples, students will learn how data tools and tools for advanced data visualization are used, as well as how these tools can be combined with large data sets to tell an extremely effective story.

This course will show you how to think”outside-of-the-box” with the help of data, ask different questions, and create really relevant stories, we’ll show you how to master the data visualization techniques and start you on your way to becoming and influential storyteller with the help of data science.

Over the course of 3-weeks students will spend 2 weeks in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city that has been influenced by Eastern and Western Europeans as well as the Ottoman Empire, and 1 week in Šibenik a beautiful city on the Dalmatian Coast founded over 1000 years ago. You will get to explore a number of historical site and beautiful national parks including Krka National Park and the Museum of Illusions.

Participants in this course will also complete a Financing Early Stage Start-Ups Workshop and survival Croatian language Workshop.

Intended Learning Outcomes & Additional Course Information

After successfully completing this short course, participants will have gained the following skills and knowledge

  • Evaluate the role and benefits of data visualization in relation to the numerical representation of data and choose the appropriate type of tools for visualization and exploratory analysis of a given problem
  • Work with different techniques of analytical interaction and navigation
  • Interpret and apply analytical techniques
  • Work with dashboard in visualization, exploration and special analysis
  • Analyse, prepare and interoperate data set
  • Use data to effectively to influence behaviour
  • Demonstrate best practices when using visualization techniques to tell a story in a successful and convincing way
  • Effectively communicate using infographics
University & Faculty

Algebra University College is the flagship of the largest private educational organization in Republic of Croatia and the region (Algebra group), present today in more than 20 cities across Croatia.

Founded in 1998, they educate around 20,000 students annually, through various seminars and short educational programs in adult education, while in higher education they enrol more than 300 new students each year.

The quality of Algebra has been recognized by their students as well as by all major software manufacturers and has been attested by the implementation of the ISO 9001:2000 certification which was introduced back in 2004.



Zagreb is not only the capital city of Croatia but it is also the cultural and economic centre It is a bustling city with the whole package – culture, arts, music, architecture, and of course amazing food. The city itself is one of the more unique places in Europe with heavy influences from the East, West and Ottoman Empire. Zagreb is also known for its quirky museums our favourite is the ‘Museum of Broken Relationships’.


Šibenik is a city located on the Adriatic Coast where the Krka River meets the sea. The city is almost 1000 years old and contains much of the old town charm as its more well-known neighbours Spilt and Dubrovnik. In the centre of the old town, you will find St. James Cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site along which is lit up at night along with the port. In your spare time, you can enjoy the beach and views of St. Nicholas Fortress.


Students will stay in 2-person shared rooms with fellow students of the same sex.

Students can upgrade to a private accommodation upon request for an additional fee


Chillout Hostel

WWW Hostel


Hostel Splendido


Your room will include:

Free Wifi
Personal Lockers


  • 24-Hour Reception
  • CCTV on the floors and in common areas


  • Communal Kitchen
  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Lockers & Storage Facilities
  • Spring & Summer outdoor terrace
Social and Cultural Program

Cultural Visits
– National park Plitvice
– Quirky Museums

Social Program
– Zagreb day trips and sightseeing

– Experiential learning and a better understanding of the program topics
– Better knowledge of Zagreb and Croatia as a land of Tesla and other famous inventors
– Opportunities for networking with other participants and international students throughout the globe

Also Included


Students will be provided with lunch on weekdays during the program

Financing Early Stage Start-Ups Workshop

Early stage startups are often linked to high risk of falling into the “funding gap“. This has the potential to kill even most innovative ideas!

This workshop will help you prepare for funding an early stage startup and avoid some of the financial hurdles that early start-ups face, this way, when the time comes for pitching your project to funders (friends & family, venture capital, business angels, crowdfunding, banks, public funds, cofounders, employees) you will be much better prepared.

Croatian Language and Culture Workshop

The Croatian language and culture workshop is a fun introduction to the Croatian language and Croatian history. This course will include lessons on speaking, reading and writing in Croatian and will give you insight into relevant factors of the Croatian cultural identity.

Application Information

If you have any questions about our programs check out the frequently asked questions page, or if you would like to ask specific questions about the courses we offer feel free to contact us, we’re more than happy to help.

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Applications for YMCA Global Study January/February 2019 programs are now open. Places are limited and are usually oversubscribed. Students are encouraged to apply early to secure their spot.

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Step 2: Phone Interview

Phone interviews are usually about 15 minutes and give us a chance to talk to you about your program choice, make sure all the information we have is correct, and talk you through the rest of the application process.

Step 3: Finalising your application

Once you have completed YMCA Global Study will send you an email with instructions detailing how to finalise your application.

Step 4: Receive your acceptance pack

Once your application has been approved YMCA Global Study will send you an ‘Acceptance pack’. This pack will include important documents such as a course syllabus, acceptance letter from your Host University and advice on how to apply for credit with your home university, the pack may also include information on any funding specific to your university.

Step 5: Apply for credit and funding (if applicable)

Now you are ready to apply for credit and funding (woohoo!) – all the information you need will be in your acceptance pack

Step 6: Pay your deposit and confirm your place 

Once you have paid your deposit your place on the program confirmed.


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