Connect to the World
in London

Watch your coursework in world history, business, and politics come to life in this fast-paced and culturally-rich urban environment.

Enjoy an authentic London lifestyle, plus inspiring courses, one-on-one support, and cultural immersion opportunities.

  • Duration

    14.5 Weeks

  • Accommodation

    Shared Apartments

  • College Credits

    12-16 Credits from our Academic Providers

  • Campus Host

    Study Center

  • Cost

    $29,000 USD
    before scholarships & institutional aid

  • Dates

    August 29 – December 10, Fall 2022

    January 23 – May 6, Spring 2023

Start College withCommunity

Live in apartment-style housing alongside other Verto participants and befriend the nearly 1 million local and international students in London. Our experienced staff is on-site to support you and guide you towards a transformative first year abroad experience.

Take CollegeCourses

The museums, sites, and neighborhoods of London become your classroom as you dive into experiential learning courses offered by our Academic Providers. Study International Relations while standing inside the Parliament, or learn about Cultural Geography directly from records in the British Library!

ExploreLondon &
Greater England

Your Student Life Coordinator will set you up with everything you need to confidently explore the city. You can also opt-in to exciting cultural activities and excursions with your Verto cohort—like a day trip to Stonehenge, evening at the theater, or British ‘football’ matches!

Sharpen Your Mind

In the classroom, you’ll enjoy small class sizes, energetic and caring educators, and hands-on learning as delivered by our Academic Providers. Going to class will become the highlight of your day!

Earn College Credit

Earn college credit through a selection of fascinating courses provided by our Academic Providers.

Available Courses for Fall 2022

 

Please note that course availability may vary based on partner college requirements and other factors. All courses and experiences are subject to change via Verto Education or our Academic Providers.

Art History I

An introductory survey of objects, images, and architecture from the ancient world through the Middle Ages. The course emphasizes the importance of religious, social, and political influences on the art of prehistoric, Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval European cultures. It also develops and enhances students’ ability to understand works of art in their social and historical contexts.

British Literature II

This survey course covers selected works in British literature from the Romantic Period to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

Calculus I

Topics include analytic geometry, limits and continuity of functions, derivatives and applications, anti-derivatives, applications of integration, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, elementary differential equations, improper integrals, sequences and series, power series, Taylor series, parametric equations, and polar coordinates.

Comparative Religion

A historical investigation of the world’s major religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity). Attention will be given to the origins, history, mythology, and culture of various belief systems.

International Relations

This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of international relations and the competing approaches in understanding and addressing contemporary issues and crises. The course identifies the various state and non-state actors in global politics and describes and explains their behavior as well as the structure of the international system in which they operate. Included is an Event Master Template examination of not only the traditional subjects of international relations, such as power, nationalism, diplomacy, and war, but also those transnational factors that have come to play a critical role in an increasingly interdependent world, such as immigration, trade and economic/financial activities, the environment, human rights, and terrorism.

Introduction to Psychology

Basic principles of psychology. The course includes the study of psychology in everyday life, as a basic and applied science, the theoretical approaches, and as a profession. Topics covered are learning and thinking processes, workings of the mind and body, awareness of the world, motivation, emotion, states of consciousness and human development.

Introduction to Business

Students will be introduced to the world of business through discussions of marketing, accounting, production and operations management, E-Business, information technology, management, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, business ethics, the law, risk management and insurance and the global marketplace. Various types of business entities will be examined and analyzed in the context of today’s dynamic business environment.

Introduction to Theatre

A survey course designed to foster appreciation for the theatre by students not majoring in drama, and to solidify a foundation for drama majors. Topics include the purpose of theatre, significant milestones in theatre history, basic elements and principles of production, dramatic literature, criticism, and trends in contemporary theatre.

Pre-Calculus

Topics include basic concepts of algebra, equations, inequalities, problem solving, and basic polynomial, rational, and exponential functions, with emphasis on graphing techniques, algebraic and numeric properties and applications.

Principles of Microeconomics

The study of the economic behavior at the level of individual households and firms in a market economy.  Emphasis is placed on consumer behavior, price and output, decisions of firms, and market structure.  Labor economics, government regulation, poverty, income, and health care are also examined.

Rhetoric and Research I

The purpose of Rhetoric and Research is to prepare you as a writer for college assignments and for the writing demands in your personal, professional, and civic lives. Students will critically read and write in a variety of rhetorical situations and contexts and incorporate college-level research. Specifically, we’ll learn how writing is:

 

(i) a communicative act that always occurs within a particular context and with a particular purpose;

(ii) a process (rather than a one-time act) in which reading, feedback and revision helps us realize the full potential of our written works; and

(iii) a communal act, for we always write to engage with an audience.

 

Students read and discuss a variety of works from different literary genres, focusing on nonfiction and expository texts, reading 30-60 or more pages per week. The course also emphasizes research skills, including evaluating and documenting sources, using MLA style, practicing academic integrity, and job document preparation for employment. Students write several essays in expository and argumentative prose, including at least one research paper, in response to class reading and outside research, for a total of between 6,000-8,000 words.

Social Problems

This compulsory course examines a range of problematic issues facing society. Conflicting perspectives, research findings, theoretical explanations and societal responses will be discussed regarding such issues as: distribution of resources, national security, the environment, race, gender, family, the medical industry and the justice process.

Western Civilizations II

This introductory course focuses on the origins and development of civilization in the western world from the 17th century to the present. Topics include European encounters with the new world, the scientific revolution, the age of enlightenment, the development of the state, the French and Industrial Revolutions, their impact on society, the rise of nationalism, the emergence of modern society, imperialism, World War I and II, the Cold War and contemporary Europe.

Introduction to Communication

This course is a practical, hands-on experience in which students will actively participate in each class. Through the lens of their own journey to date as human beings and on-going self-discovery, students will become acquainted with the major aspects and types of communication:  basic elements of the communication process, perception, listening, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, small group communication, and mass/technologically-mediated communication.  The goal of the course is to equip students with outstanding communication skills for use in real-world applications.

Discover Yourself

Participants walk away from their time in London with much more than incredible memories and transferable credits via our Academic Providers; through one-on-one counseling and mentorship, you’ll build the confidence, self-awareness and clarity to thrive in college and in life.

Set Yourself Up for Success

Work with your personal Academic Success Coordinator and College Counselor to develop your game plan for an impactful college career. You’ll get a head start on how to manage your time, study effectively, and adapt to life on campus.

Find Your Purpose

Get clarity on your future goals as you contemplate what you’ve been learning and the type of impact you want to make on the world. Your leaders will help you reflect on your experiences through group activities and one-on-one check-ins.

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Scholarships & Institutional Aid

Travel is a vital part of every individual’s education, and Verto is committed to increasing equity, access, inclusion, and diversity in study abroad and higher education—regardless of your financial background.

About half of Verto participants receive scholarships, institutional aid, or both. Participants may be eligible for some Verto scholarships. You can also apply for institutional aid, external grants, and scholarships to further reduce your abroad experience cost.

Learn About Scholarships & Institutional Aid

Details About Verto London Experience

Accommodation

Vertoans will live in shared apartments, or flats with other Verto participants. Housing is approximately a 30-40 minute commute by public transit to the study center. This is a typical commute for Londoners. Apartments/Flats include:

  • 4-5 individuals per apartment
  • 2-3 individuals per bedroom
  • Single beds
  • 1 wardrobe per participant
  • Shared common areas within the flat: kitchen/dining and living room
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Fully furnished living space and fully equipped kitchen
  • Wireless internet access
  • All utilities included
  • Washing machine and drying rack (dryers are not common!)
  • Bed linens (bath towels not included)
    • Linens

Meals

There is no meal plan in London. Participants may cook in their apartments or enjoy the diverse culinary scene in London. 

During orientation, staff will ensure that participants know how to operate all cooking equipment in the apartment and will offer opportunities to teach Vertoans how to cook simple, nutritious meals.

Travel

Participants are responsible for airfare to/from London and any internal airfare.

Participants have the option for independent travel within the country pending permission from the Verto team.

An Oyster card is included in the abroad experience fee, which gives participants access to city buses and Zones 1 & 2 of the London Underground (affectionately known as “The Tube”). Staff will help Vertoans obtain their Oyster Card and learn how to navigate the Tube system during orientation. 

As participants will be living in the heart of London, getting around by foot and on public transit will become a part of their everyday experience—as it is with all Londoners!

Excursions

Participants are given all the support they need to explore London on their own and will have the opportunity to opt-in to Verto’s cultural activities and day trips.

Verto sponsored programming may include:

  • Day trip to Stonehenge/Bath
  • Day Trip to Oxford
  • Museum/study tours: British Museum, British Library, Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Theater trip to West End show
  • Tour of Parliament
  • Double Decker Bus City Tour
  • British Football or Rugby match

Academics

Participants can expect academically rigorous coursework, small class sizes, and world-class educators delivered by our Academic Provider. 

Participants who enroll with Verto should be aware that their workload and expectations for college readiness will be on par with those of a traditional college — but with the added support of a team of Academic Success Coaches and dedicated staff who will help them develop strong study habits, time management skills, and more. 

What is unique about this study abroad experience?

  • A Verto experience is highly engaging and puts YOU first. The curriculum is delivered by our Academic Provider with supplemental Verto Method takeaways which prioritizes hands-on and holistic learning.
  • Teachings will incorporate real-world experiential learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom. Participants will explore their host country and community  as part of their experience but should also be prepared for times where class looks a bit more typical — with lectures, tests, and homework. 

 

How does it work? 

  • Participants attend courses delivered by our Academic Provider with only fellow Vertoans
  • Vertoans may earn a semester’s worth of college credits (12-16 official college credits) via our Academic Provider
  • Participants choose from a list of courses that vary by semester and location. Each participant’s unique course selection may be limited based on their partner college requirements and other factors. 
  • Courses are intentionally designed to fulfill colleges’ General Education requirements
  • Thanks to our Academic Provider, credits will transfer automatically to our partner colleges, so long as participants earn passing grades. Participants who wish to attend a non-partner college should work with their prospective college or university to learn about their credit transfer process
  • Upon request, your transcript is issued by our Academic Provider — a world-class accredited college granting official college credit. 

 

Who are the educators? 

  • Your educators may be locals to the host country or U.S. natives who are approved by our Academic Provider. They are eager to teach, support, and engage with our first year abroad Vertoans.

Where are London classes hosted? 

Classes will take place in a Study Center hosted by a local partner. Verto partners with intentionally selected organizations that are aligned to our mission to facilitate first year abroad experiences. 

The Study Center consists of classrooms, study areas, a lounge, staff offices, and wifi. The Center is open M-F, 9-5. As such, Vertoans should be prepared to study in public libraries, cafes, or at home outside of those hours. (Check out this article of cool places to study in London!)  Keep in mind that if you’re choosing to spend a few hours in a local coffee shop to study, it’s customary to make a purchase every hour or so. 

Spending a Full Year with Verto

Choose between spending 2 semesters in London, or doing your first semester in London and the second in another incredible Verto location!

Budget

Recommend between £500-800 GBP/month.

Food, travel, & other personal expenses. This could be more or less depending on personal habits and independent travel plans.

Included With the Cost of Your Experience

  • All accommodation while overseas
  • All scheduled events
  • Oyster card for transportation within the city
  • Books and other course materials
  • Travel Medical insurance
  • Airport pick up on the designated arrival date

Not Included With the Cost of Your Experience

  • Internal Airfare
  • Meals and snacks
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Optional activities and associated equipment
  • Food, travel, and accommodation when traveling to, from, or between programs
  • Airline change fees or new tickets for flights to and from programs

Visa, Passport & Age Requirements

Participants must be 18-years-old by the program start date to participate in the Verto England abroad location.

US passport holders do not need a visa to participate in the London abroad location.

All passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the abroad experience. If this is not the case, participants should renew their passport as soon as possible.

Non-US passport holders should check with the local consulate and will need to obtain the proper visa to participate.*

*Verto Education is not responsible for any individuals’ inability to obtain the correct visa for any given abroad location, and cancellation fees will apply if an individual is denied the proper visa. Verto Education cannot overturn any decision made by any Consular or Embassy official.

Safety & COVID-19

The health and safety of our participants is always our top priority. We’ve developed stages of planning to address the specific concern of COVID-19.

Review Verto’s COVID-19 Safety Plan

Why the Verto London study abroad experience?

The London abroad location is a great fit for young adults who are excited by…

City Life 

London is a truly global city. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the treasures and hidden gems of this dynamic city. More than 650,000 English and International University students live and study in London, so you will have the chance to befriend people from all over the world if you choose to seek that out. 

As you will be living in the heart of London, getting around by foot and on public transit will become a part of your everyday experience – as it is with all Londoners!

Apartment Housing 

You’ll live in flat-style housing, rooming with other Vertoans. There may be other university students living in the building. You can expect to share a bedroom with other participants. You’ll also get to flex (or acquire) your culinary skills as you’ll be responsible for your own meals. Don’t worry – basic kitchen tools are provided!

The accommodations are within a 30-minute walk or tube  ride to the study center and are located just a 5-10 minute walk from the Tower of London. All participants live in Zones 1 and 2, and will receive an Oyster Card for use on local transportation within these zones.

Free Time & More Independence

You should expect a fairly typical college schedule. There will be out of class experiential learning activities for courses throughout the week, some of which may occur during class time plus weekend excursions. Your abroad staff in London will also plan plenty of excursions to help you engage with British culture and get to know London. You will still have plenty of free time to explore the city independently. 

Since you’ll be living in flats and managing your own schedule outside of class, activities, and excursions, London is a great fit for young adults who are looking to develop life skills such as budgeting, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and independent living. 

Art, Business, History & Culture 

London is full of many free or low cost events and activities such as football games (soccer!), street food tours, museums, art exhibits, and more that you will discover both as part of your studies and in your free time.  

Foodie Experiences

Meals are not included in the London abroad experience. As such, you can cook in your flat and/or dive into London’s epic culinary scene! This will also give you a chance to hone some personal finance skills as you balance grocery shopping and dining out. 

How to Apply

Verto’s application is quick, free, and non-binding!

Fill out Verto’s 10 minute application: vertoeducation.org/apply

After your application is submitted, you will be matched with an admissions counselor who can answer any and all of your questions. Learn more about the decision and onboarding process here: vertoeducation.org/admissions

P.S. Did you know that Vertoans can use their Verto app to apply to our 70+ partner colleges for free?! Learn more here.

Articles & Resources

Participant Blog: Welcome To London!

Participant Blog: What Does Free Time Look Like In London?

Participant Blog: Getting Lost In London

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