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Ethical Hacking - Zagreb _ YMCA Global Study

Ethical Hacking – July

Zagreb & Šibenik, Croatia

This course is ideal for students who are studying Cybersecurity or Computer Engineering.

Get to know the “dark side“ of cybersecurity and how to use “the force“ for good and the world of white hat hacking. In this course, the students will learn how to use their computer without exposing it to most of the threats lurking outside, whether this is simple Internet browsing, “innocent“ usage of publicly available Wi-Fi or usage of “secure“ corporate network.

Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field with opportunities waiting for everyone with the interest to learn more and develop their skills in this interesting and demanding topic. This course will show the basic steps most of the hackers would go through while compromising the victim’s computers and it will define some interesting known and less known attack vectors and protections against them.

Students will not only have a chance to compromise many vulnerable machines by using different attack vectors, they will also gain knowledge that will help them protect their computers and networks against the attacks covered in this course. The course will also cover some of the latest attacks and methods used in the wild. The prerequisite for this course is the understanding of the basics of operating systems, network and web applications. Nevertheless, the important concepts will be delivered during the class as a refresher.

Everyone brave enough to step into this class will be rewarded with the knowledge that is heavily sought after not only in military/government sector but also in any security-aware corporation/company.

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

  • Employ basic concepts related to security and penetration testing
  • Understand TCP/IP protocols and network devices
  • Understand network-level attacks (MitM)
  • Understand basic concepts of cryptography
  • Analyse methods for hacking Windows
  • Analyse methods for hacking Linux
  • Hacking Web applications
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 enroll 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 favorite 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 neighbors 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.


You will be staying at a hostel in a four-person dorm shared with fellow students of the same sex. Your room includes:
Free Wifi
Personal Lockers
Shared Bathroom

The hostels also have a modern communal kitchen for you to cook your own meals, a lounge/common area, and a bar/restaurant.
You will have your privacy while also having the choice of socialising and partaking in the free events the hostels throw.

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

Social and Cultural Program

Cultural Visits
– Krka National Park
– 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

Applications for YMCA Global Study July 2019 programs will open soon. 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.

You can register your interest for future programs by clicking here.

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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