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Welcome to the Lynn University & Verto Education family!

First things first

Congratulations one more time

You’ve spent a significant portion of your life grinding through 12 or so years of school that most likely followed a pretty regimented curriculum. You put in the hours and the work and that work’s been recognized by the admissions team at Lynn University and Verto Education. This is the time where you get to start setting your own path in both education and life.

Getting Started

We’re sure you have a lot of questions

Whether you’ve already committed to Lynn University or you’re still exploring your options, we know you’ve got questions. We’ll do our best to hit the big pieces below and give you all the resources you might need to address next steps and find the education path that’s right for you.

Have immediate questions? Don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at admissions@vertoeducation.org

Next step

Confirm Your Spot

Say yes to the academic adventure of a lifetime, and graduating in four years

Accepted Student

Enrollment Checklist

A walk-through of your next steps and things to prepare for

Explore

Our Semesters Abroad

Start thinking about which program we offer that speaks to you as a student and traveler

Support

New Student Resources

A collection of resources you may find helpful in preparing for your first semester

Review Your Offer

Step 1: Confirm Your Spot

Confirm your interest in the opportunity to travel the world next semester, while still graduating from Lynn University in four years, by submitting the form and leaving a deposit.

Accepted Student

Enrollment Checklist

Here are a few steps to get you started on the enrollment process for your first semester (or year) with Verto Education, and to secure your spot with Lynn University upon completion.

Step 1: Confirm Your Spot

Confirm your interest in the opportunity to travel the world next semester, while still graduating from Lynn University in four years, by submitting the form below. A member of the Verto Education team will follow up with you with more information.

Confirm your spot now

Step 2: Submit a Deposit to Secure Your Spot

In order to accept your position with Verto Education, submit a $500 deposit. In addition to the Verto Education program deposit, Lynn requires a $400 enrollment deposit to confirm your place in the class. That deposit is due by May 1, 2019.

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Step 3: Choose a Program

We offer a growing selection of semesters designed to help students achieve a more rewarding freshman year through experiential education in multiple, unique and distinct regions across the world. Choose from our South Pacific, Asia, Costa Rica or Central America semester abroad.

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YOU’RE ACCEPTED!

Step 4: Apply for a Passport

Once you’ve decided on a program, the Verto Education team will work with you to ensure you have all the travel documents you need – most importantly a Passport!

Step 5: Complete Your Onboarding Documents

Verto Education has a comprehensive onboarding process designed to make sure you feel academically and emotionally supported on your semester abroad. We’ll work with you to make sure that dietary, learning and any other needs you have are met.

Step 6: Attend an Accepted Students Webinar

Connect with other Verto Education students before you depart and meet your in country team. This webinar is designed to make sure you know what to pack, who to call and all about what activities you have to look forward to on your semester abroad.

Step 7: Work with Verto Education to Book Your Flights

The Verto Education team will help you book your flights and let you know who else will be traveling on a similar route so you can meet up with fellow students on your way to your first semester abroad.

Step 8: Prepare for the Adventure of a Lifetime

No lecture halls this freshman year, time to start daydreaming about all the people you’ll meet, lessons you’ll learn and the memories you’ll make next year. Before the program starts, you’ll get paired up with a mentor to do 1-1 goal setting for what you want to accomplish this semester!

Step 3: Choose a Semester Abroad

We encourage you to explore our different programs below. If you have any questions or would like to talk with one of our admissions counselors to help decide which might be the perfect fit for you, we’d love to get to know you and we can absolutely make some meaningful recommendations based on decades of experience.  Send us an email at admissions@vertoeducation.org

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Latin America

The Dominican Republic & Costa Rica

Verto Education’s Latin America semester is a two-part trip with students spending the first 7-weeks in The Dominican Republic, followed by an additional 6-weeks exploring Costa Rica.

Travelers will take part in meaningful, thought-provoking work in critical areas such as public health, sustainability, and environmental studies and will make life-long connections with a small group of fellow travelers as you’re completely immersed in local communities and cultures.

Verto students relaxing after day in the field in Costa Rica

Semester at-a-glance

  • 13 Week Semester
  • 12 Credits Total
  • $15,000 Tuition
  • Homestays, Hotels & Dorms
  • Incl. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Notable Academic Components

  • Work on local aqueduct & black water treatment projects
  • Visit local hospitals & community health centers
  • Work on community initiatives with local NGO facilities
  • Hands-on sustainable farming in Costa Rica
  • Work alongside housing & social services organizations

Semester Curriculum

  • Public Health
  • Sustainability & Environmental Studies
  • Rhetoric & Composition for the College Writer
  • Identity, Politics & Equity
  • Plus mentored personal goals

Extracurricular Highlights

  • Ecolodge Stays
  • Beachside review & reflect time
  • Explore Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Experience Museums & city life in San Jose
  • Capstone Retreat on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast
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Latin America

Costa Rica Spanish Immersion

Verto Education’s Costa Rica semester is designed to expose students to relevant issues in environmental studies, sustainability, and ecology. Through seminars, case studies, fieldwork, and homestays, students develop an understanding of the impact of human activities on the environment and ecosystems.

Students immerse in Spanish language instruction through a Spanish language course designed around real-world language practice and homestay immersion. We’ve intentionally selected homestay communities that allow students to both develop their spoken Spanish skills and dive meaningfully into the local culture.

Verto students hiking in jungle in Costa Rica

Semester at-a-glance

  • 13 Week Semester
  • 12 Credits Total
  • $12,000 Tuition
  • Homestays, Hotels & Dorms
  • Incl. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Notable Academic Components

  • Spanish language immersion through homestays & field work
  • Workshops & site excursions through CATIE & EARTH Universities
  • Work with nature reserve staff in the cloud forest reserve in Monteverde
  • Workshops with biologists at the Organization for Tropical Studies (OST)
  • Marine turtle hatchery work in Punta Mala

Semester Curriculum

  • Spanish Language Immersion
  • Ecology & Species Conservation
  • Sustainability & Environmental Studies
  • Rhetoric & Composition for the College Writer
  • Plus mentored personal goals

Extracurricular Highlights

  • Unique Ecolodge Stays
  • ExploreArenal Volcano National Park
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest tours
  • Raft the Pacuare River
  • Capstone Beach Retreat in La Fortuna
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South Pacific

Fiji, New Zealand & Australia

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

Verto students in the Australian outback

Semester at-a-glance

  • 13 Week Semester
  • 12 College Credits
  • $19,000 Tuition
  • Homestays, Hotels & Dorms
  • Incl. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Notable Academic Components

  • Remote Fijian village agricultural field work
  • Contribute to marine reserve projects on Somosomo Island
  • NGO site visits & guest lecturers
  • Work-study at the Australia Zoo
  • Great Barrier Reef exploration

Semester Curriculum

  • Ecology & Species Conservation
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Rhetoric & Composition for the College Writer
  • Identity, Politics & Equity
  • Plus mentored personal goals

Extracurricular Highlights

  • Snorkeling & beach time in Fiji
  • Surfing at Raglan Beach
  • Glow Worm Caves
  • White Water Raft the Kaituna River
  • Capstone Beach Retreat in Coral Bay
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Southeast Asia

Thailand, Laos & China

Verto Education’s Southeast Asia semester is designed to develop students’ understanding of relevant issues in international business, global corporate ethics, international financial systems, and international development.

Travelers will explore these topics through a combination of fieldwork, case studies, and seminars. The semester is designed to develop essential understandings through the lense of real-world application in Asia. Students study and travel throughout Asia to contextualize the concepts learned in courses and experience first-hand emerging issues in global business practice and international development.

Semester at-a-glance

  • 13 Week Semester
  • 12 College Credits
  • $17,000 Tuition
  • Homestays, Hotels & Dorms
  • Incl. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Notable Academic Components

  • Guest Speakers & Shanghai Stock Exchange
  • Speak with entrepreneurs about the start-up ecosystem in Beijing
  • NGO site visits & guest lecturers
  • Work with organic farmers in northern Thailand
  • Participate in workshops in Columbo Village

Semester Curriculum

  • International Business & Corporate Ethics
  • International Development
  • Rhetoric & Composition for the College Writer
  • Identity, Politics & Equity
  • Plus mentored personal goals

Extracurricular Highlights

  • Boat cruise on Shanghai’s Huangpu River
  • Explore & toboggan ride on The Great Wall
  • Explore ancient temples in Khon Kae
  • Explore and bike through country villages
  • Capstone retreat in Chiang Mai
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Take a full year abroad?

Students can choose back-to-back in-the-field semesters or can explore an on-campus semester at one of Verto’s partner colleges in England, Ireland or New Zealand.
Explore an On-Campus 2nd Semester Abroad

My experience with Verto Education was a life-altering one and arduous one. However, I could never be more grateful for what it has taught me. I realized things about myself that I didn't know before. I plan on returning back to my initial homestay, the Dominican Republic has a place within my heart. I learned a tremendous amount from the NGO's and really felt that I was intellectually fulfilled. The classes touched every aspect that interested me.

SamanthaVerto Education Student

We had so much fun and learned so much regarding public health, development, identity, and sustainability and now I will be changing my ways coming back home and implementing a lot into my life back home. Wouldn't trade my experience for anything else and this was such a better freshman year. Loved it a lot and would highly recommend.

HelenVerto Education Student

My 3 months in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica were an amazing time. Had so much fun and having courses that tied directly to what we saw definitely enriched the experience. Learned a ton about myself and got to be meaningfully immersed in other cultures. Program highlights include homestay, meeting students from all over the world, living without electricity, and many side adventures. Great combination of fun and learning.

MatthewVerto Education Student

Questions & Support

Resources & FAQs

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The Most Common Questions We Get

What Does Verto Education Cost

Current semester program costs are listed on our individual program pages and run from $12,000 – $18,000 per semester depending on the location(s) chosen.

What does tuition cover?

Program costs include all meals, accommodation, ground transportation, and activities not marked as optional. Optional activities such as weekend excursions, snorkeling and SCUBA will be available at an extra cost. The cost of travel to and from the program’s start and end location is not covered, but all travel while on the program is covered.

  • Three meals per day during the entire program
  • Accommodation throughout the program
  • All activities, unless marked optional
  • All transportation, including flights, while on the program.
  • International SOS (ISOS) Membership – the world’s leading medical & travel security assistance company.

Which general education credits does this semester cover?

Each semester is different, but Verto Education has worked directly with the High Point academic team to ensure that no matter which one you choose, those classes will map directly to your General Education credits.

How can I still graduate in four years?

Verto Education is a semester of college, without the lecture halls. You’ll earn general education credits just like you would a semester on campus and still be able to graduate in four years.

Safety & Risk Management

What safety and risk management measures are in place?

As a leader in our industry, Verto Education and our partner, Rustic Pathways, takes the health and wellbeing of our students extremely seriously. We have comprehensive risk management and crisis response systems and go to great lengths to educate and train our leaders in first aid and screen each of our participants. In fact, nearly all of our full-time operations staff, including Program Leaders are certified as Wilderness First Responders.

To complement these efforts, we are partnered with International SOS, one of the world’s leading providers of global medical and emergency services. All participants traveling with Rustic Pathways have access to International SOS’s benefits through the Rustic Pathways membership. Click here for more information on the services provided by International SOS and here to learn more about our Safety and Risk Management policies. Please note, the membership provided by ISOS is not health or travel insurance.

What happens if I get sick and have to come home early?

By planning ahead, reading all material, and following the rules, the vast majority of our students are able to complete their chosen programs. We encourage all participants to purchase a travel insurance policy that allows for more flexibility and covers cancellations that occur outside of the refundable period of our cancellation policy.

How will family be able to communicate with me while on the program?

Phone and internet service are often readily available to our students. However, there are portions of our programs during which students will need to go up to two weeks without access to phones or internet. We encourage students to limit communication with their parents to a phone call or message no more than once per week. This ensures group cohesion, the building of trust among students and leaders, and allows for the most culturally immersive experiences. We suggest that students and their parents create communication plans that set clear expectations around the frequency of and reasons for contacting each other. In urgent situations, students and parents have access to our 24-hour emergency line, which they can call for immediate assistance.

How are prescription medications handled?

It will be the responsibility of the traveler to make sure you bring enough medication for the duration of your entire program and to let us know what you are bringing. Please remember some countries might not have the meds you prefer. If you normally get a smaller dosage than you will need for your entire program, you will need to apply for a “vacation waiver” from your doctor, as sending prescription medications overseas is usually met with difficulties when it arrives into the country and often does not make it to the recipient.

Do I need immunizations?

We are here to help with this, but legally cannot provide direct medical advice on vaccinations and inoculations. However, We suggest you visit this page for up-to-date information. Additionally, when you participate in our programs, we provide you with an included membership to International SOS, our partner for global emergency and medical services. This is a great resource for specific regional information and travel consultation. Prior to travel, you should review these websites, consult with your local travel clinic, and discuss your travel plans with your physician. Be aware that some immunizations involve a series of shots or medications, so don’t put this off for the last minute.

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