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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

    15 Weeks

  • Accommodation

    Shared student apartments or student residences

  • College Credits

    12-16 Credits from our Academic Providers

  • Campus Host

    Study Center

  • Cost

    Spring 2023: $25,000 USD
    Fall 2023: $29,000 USD
    before scholarships & institutional aid

  • Dates

    January 23 – May 6, Spring 2023
    Late August – Mid December, Fall 2023

Start College withCommunity

Whether it’s through community life with Verto, or amongst the nearly 1 million location and international students in London, find your place in this cosmopolitan city. Our experienced staff is onsite to support 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 early civilizations while exploring the British Museum – just steps away from the London Study Center!

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 outside of London, an evening at the theater, or British ‘football’ matches!

Sharpen Your Mind

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

Earn College Credit

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

Spring 2023 Course Selection

 

*All courses and programming are subject to change.

Course offerings are based on faculty availability, student interest, and eligibility. Final course lists are updated prior to the start of the semester.

Courses with † in title require the successful completion of a placement test or other pre-requisite before students can enroll.

Seminar in Academic Inquiry and Writing†

This course introduces students to the conventions of academic writing and the habits of critical inquiry they will need in university courses and beyond.  Students read and annotate texts on a topic (or topics) selected by the instructor, develop original avenues of inquiry through classroom discussion, and transform their questions into well-supported academic arguments.  Assignment sequences incorporate opportunities for research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection to help students find writing processes that can be replicated in future courses and workplace projects that require only polished work.  Because different disciplines and career paths present different scenarios for critical thinking and writing, this course also teaches students how to adapt the conventions of academic inquiry to a variety of contexts.

Seminar in Academic Inquiry and Writing w/ Lab

This course introduces students to the conventions of academic writing and the habits of critical inquiry they will need in university courses and beyond.  Students read and annotate texts on a topic (or topics) selected by the instructor, develop original avenues of inquiry through classroom discussion, and transform their questions into well-supported academic arguments.  Assignment sequences incorporate opportunities for research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection to help students find writing processes that can be replicated in future courses and workplace projects that require only polished work.  Because different disciplines and career paths present different scenarios for critical thinking and writing, this course also teaches students how to adapt the conventions of academic inquiry to a variety of contexts.

Introduction to the Theater

This course will introduce students to the approaches, practices, and considerations of theatre and performance. Through an exploration of the nature of theatre, the course will examine, assess, and demonstrate central tenets, purposes, and processes of the creative form. It will also examine production and performance elements involved in transforming a space and staging a play, from the writing, to the directing, to the designers, to the actors.

Early Societies and Civilizations

The aim of this course is for you to come to understand what it means to “think historically” – to be able to see how thinking carefully about past human experience is crucial to understanding who we are as human beings and how we as individuals can be better, more thoughtful citizens of our local communities, our countries, and of the world.

 

In this course we will explore selected societies and civilizations from the earliest recorded histories down to the sixteenth century. This will include major cultural trends, interactions between society and economy, and analysis of cooperation and competition within and between various communities. You will develop an understanding and appreciation of various cultures that shaped past societies as parts of our shared human story. Examination of what it has meant to be human in diverse circumstances will provide you with powerful tools for better engaging their world today, and planning for our future.

Introduction to Comparative Politics

This course examines comparative politics as a subfield of political science that compares pursuit of power across countries. Its main focus is on a comparative research method as a way to collect and evaluate data, compare cases, test our assumptions, draw conclusions, and make predictions/recommendations. The course aims to answer the following fundamental questions of comparative politics: Why are national governments organized differently? What basic characteristics lead us to group countries together? What are political institutions and why are some institutions more likely than others to produce political stability and accountability? How do we measure the effectiveness of institutions? How do we differentiate opinion from empirical research? Some key concepts of comparative politics will recur throughout the course: nation states, political institutions, regimes, power, sovereignty, legitimacy, citizenship, patriotism, nationalism, ethnicity, human rights, political culture, geopolitics, political violence, globalization, and others.

Sociology

The role of culture in society, the person and personality; groups and group behavior; institutions; social interaction and social change.

Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship†

This course provides a framework for students to understand the decision-making process, and related strategies, followed by an entrepreneur or business start-up. The course will introduce students to business fundamentals while they synthesize information from multiple sources to solve a business problem or opportunity. Students will: Use elements of design thinking and a form of the Lean Canvas, and work in teams to design a business plan based upon one or any combination of the following primary themes –Water – Energy – Food; and learn the language of business, while they build business communication skills.

Quantitative Reasoning†

Placement into MATH 1104 or higher, or having completed MATH 1103 or equivalent with a C or higher. Topics include: sets, logic, elementary functions, number systems, functions and graphs, enumeration and elementary probability. This course does not serve as a prerequisite for any other course in mathematics. MATH 1104 does not serve as a pre-requisite for any further mathematics course.

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 student accommodations with other Verto participants. Accommodations will be in either shared apartments, or shared student residences.  Housing is approximately a 30-40 minute commute by public transit to the study center. This is a typical commute for Londoners. Accommodations include:

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

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.

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!

Examples of Possible Verto 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.

Sample Verto Sponsored Excursions may include:

  • Day trips to locations such as Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Brighton, and/or Oxford
  • An overnight trip to cities such as Edinburgh
  • 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

*Excursions are subject to change based on each abroad experience based on availability.

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 Coordinators 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 and brought to life in-country via 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 Verto’s London Study Center, located in Central London. Participants will find plenty of classrooms, study areas, a common lounge space for studying, relaxing, and hosting other program activities, as well as staff offices, and wi-fi. The Study 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 for 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

Why choose just one location? Sharpen your comparative lens by learning in two amazing Verto abroad locations. Spend your first semester in England and your second semester elsewhere in the world! If your heart is set on spending two semesters in the same city, we won’t blame you! Let us know and we’ll advise you to ensure this is the best option for you. Participants are limited to earning 30 credits in one location.

Spring 2023 Key Dates

FOR LONDON, FLORENCE, BUENOS AIRES, & TURRIALBA

Arrival Date: January 23

Orientation: January 23 – 27

First Day of Classes: January 30

Add/Drop Period: January 30 – February 3

Mid-term Week: March 13 – 17

Course Withdrawal Deadline: March 21

Finals Week (Last Week of Class): May 1 – 5

Final Day of Class: May 5

Departure Date: May 6

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 shared accommodations, rooming with other Vertoans. These may be shared student residences or student apartments.  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 and/or tube  ride to the study center.. 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 independently 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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