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
August 8, 2019

Lessons From Darwin: The Importance of Observation in Environmental Science

Course Director, Kaycie Lawson discusses the importance of observation in environmental science. Kaycie has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. Her nearly 20 year career working in environmental science has taken her to places around the globe.   “In the distant future…
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Verto Education
July 31, 2019

Beyond Bananas: An Immersive Approach to Learning Latin American History

Course Director, Lean Sweeney shares her teaching philosophy and experience living in Mexico. Lean Sweeney defended her doctoral dissertation, "Stateless Space and Nationless Citizens: Tools of State-Making on the Chiapas-Guatemala Border, 1821-1899" in April of 2019 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and received a Master's in Mexican History from the Universidad Nacional…
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Verto Education
July 24, 2019

Meet the Students: Introducing Verto Education’s 2019 Cohort

Over 100 students will leave home this September to start their freshman year of college abroad! Verto Education’s Fall 2019 cohort has less than two months before they step onto a plane, and into an immersive semester abroad. As the Marketing Intern for Verto Education, and a student on the Asia cohort this fall, I…
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