An Affordable & Accredited 1st-Year Education

Verto offers the only international gap year experience that partners with colleges to give full class credits so you can graduate in four years.

Guaranteed Admission to Partner Colleges

Once accepted into Verto, you are guaranteed acceptance into at least one of Verto’s partner schools with a reserved enrollment spot the following spring or fall.

An Immersive, International Education Experience

Programs are designed to foster self-discovery through journaling, mindfulness training, mentorship, service learning programs and a homestay experience.

*Verto only partners with well-respected, fully-accredited universities and those partner schools give full credit for our programs as listed below. Attending another school? Like any college transfer, such as tranferring from a 2-year to 4-year program, credit acceptance is at the discretion of the enrolling school. We’d be happy to make some calls for you.

Verto Education

We help College-bound students find a more rewarding & experiential path to the same destination

The Verto Education program is built on the premise that not all students need to (or should) take the same linear path to earning their college degree – that the world offers these amazing experiential education opportunities that too few take advantage of.

Better yet, Verto uniquely partners with a number of U.S. and international colleges to provide legitimate, transferable* college credits so that our programs’ participants can stay on a 4-year graduation timeline.

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World map showing locations of Verto Education college abroad programs

Our Programs

Experiential Education Abroad

Verto Education currently offers 4 unique, “in-the-field” semester experiences covering Central America, The South Pacific and Southeast Asia as well as “on-campus” programs in Ireland, England and New Zealand.

While the locations, program focuses and individual experiences are different, the attention to detail, participant safety, education and the overall value of the experiences are not.

Explore Our Semester Abroad Experiences

13 WEEKS • 16 COLLEGE CREDITS

Latin America

The Dominican Republic & Costa Rica

Our Latin America semester starts with 7-weeks in the Dominican Republic working in the field with local public health agencies and living with families in rural communities – gaining a dynamic perspective on how communities define and meet their public health needs.

Students then spend 6-weeks in Costa Rica examining the interactions between living organisms and their environment within Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystem.

Explore Our Central America Semester

13 WEEKS • 16 COLLEGE CREDITS

The South Pacific

Fiji + New Zealand + Australia

This semester is designed to explore the complex relationship between human actions within the environment and animal populations across a variety of ecosystems. Students examine environmental management practices, critical issues in environmental conservation, the relationship between organisms and their environment, and species conservation and management.

Explore Our South Pacific Semester

13 WEEKS • 16 COLLEGE CREDITS

Southeast Asia

Thailand + Laos + China

This semester is comprised of four courses designed to develop students’ understanding of relevant issues in international business, global corporate ethics, international financial systems, and international development. This semester explores these topics through a combination of fieldwork, case studies, and seminars. The course is designed to develop essential understandings through the lense of real-world application in Asia.

Explore Our Southeast Asia Semester

12 WEEKS • 16 COLLEGE CREDITS

Costa Rica

Spanish Immersion

This semester is designed to expose students to the relevant issues in environmental studies, sustainability, and ecology. Through seminars, case studies, fieldwork, and homestays, students develop an understanding of the impact of human action on the environment and ecosystems. Students also immerse in Spanish language instruction through a Spanish language course designed around real-world language practice and homestay immersion.

Explore Our Costa Rica Semester

Second Semester Options

On-campus semesters in Ireland, England & New Zealand

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From the blog

A Collection of Field Notes

Verto Education
June 12, 2019

Education Should Be A Treasure Hunt

Course Director, Dr. Karen Straight, shares her teaching philosophy and experience on a semester with Verto Education. Dr. Karen Straight earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and will be serving as the Course Director for Identity, Politics and Equity, Cultural Anthropology, and Global Health Fall 2019. My…
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Celebrating high school graduation on top of mountain
Verto Education
June 5, 2019

How To Transfer Your College Credit

Most colleges agree, taking a year out of the classroom before college is a good thing. Harvard actually encourages their students to take a year off, and goes as far as to attribute its 97% graduation rate to the number of their students who take a break after high school. Studies show that students who…
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Student photos from Verto Education's semester in The Dominican Republic
Verto Education
May 29, 2019

Meet the Team: Verto Education Course Directors

The key to every successful semester of Verto Education is the team behind the scenes! Our Course Directors will serve as adjunct faculty at Portland State University and be responsible for designing the curriculum, training the teaching staff, and supervising the delivery and grading of the course. They've all travelled far and wide and think that…
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