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Welcome to the University of Tennessee & 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 the University of Tennessee 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

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 UTadmissions@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

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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 the University of Tennessee in four years, by submitting the form and paying a deposit.

Accepted Student

Enrollment Checklist

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

Step 1: Confirm Your Spot

Confirm your interest in the opportunity to travel the world next semester, while still graduating from the University of Tennessee 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, you will need to submit a $500 deposit by May 1, 2020.

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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.

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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 UTadmissions@vertoeducation.org

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London, England

The England Semester

Students on the England semester with Verto Education will be based at an AES Study Center in Russell Square with other international students. They’ll take courses with local faculty trained in the Verto method and explore the vibrant city of London through classes and study tours.


In their downtime students can travel to the British countryside, have a curry on Brick Lane, cheer for a local football (soccer!) team, or just relax at one of the many pubs or cafes. England is the perfect destination for artists, history buffs, sports fans, and everyone in between.

london bus

Semester at-a-glance

  • 12 Week Semester
  • 16 Credits Total
  • $20,000 Tuition
  • Student Residence “Flat” Style

Notable Academic Components

  • Live at the AES Study Center in Russell Square with other international students.
  • Visit local attractions and explore London
  • Access to Verto professors & Staff

Semester Curriculum

  • Politics of Britain and Europe
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • World Literature
  • Identity, Politics & Equity
  • European History
  • International Business

Extracurricular Highlights

  • Neighborhood walking tour
  • Explore the vibrant city of London
  • Double Decker Bus Tour
  • Visit to Parliament
  • Graffiti tour in East London
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Milan, Italy

The Italy Semester

Modern Italy is one of the most vibrant and diverse European countries. Students on the Italy semester with Verto Education will be based on a local campus, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with Italian students. They’ll take courses with local faculty trained in the Verto method, and explore Milan through immersive educational activities.

When Verto students aren’t studying, they’ll be occupied by Italy’s diverse landscape and magnetic culture. From the towering Dolomites to the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, students can explore medieval villages, wander through art museums, and discover the best gelato in the world.

milan street

Semester at-a-glance

  • 13 Week Semester
  • 16 Credits Total
  • $18,000 Tuition
  • Student Residence

Notable Academic Components

  • Live on a local campus, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with Italian students.
  • Visit local attractions and explore Milan
  • Access to Verto professors & Staff

Semester Curriculum

  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • World Literature
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • International Development
  • Leonardo da Vinci in Renaissance Milan
  • Reading Milan and Italian Cities: Place-making and Cultural Resources

Extracurricular Highlights

  • Neighborhood walking tour
  • Family dinners Italian-style
  • Tours of Roman ruins
  • Trips to Local Markets
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Latin America

The Costa Rica & The Dominican Republic Semester

Verto Education’s Latin America semester is a two-part semester with students spending the first 4 weeks in The Dominican Republic, followed by an additional 8 weeks exploring Costa Rica. Students take part in meaningful, thought-provoking work in critical areas such as public health, international development, and Latin American history, and make life-long connections with a small group of fellow travelers while being completely immersed in local communities and cultures.

Costa Rica

Semester at-a-glance

  • 12 Week Semester
  • 16 Credits Total
  • $5,000 – $15,000 Tuition (sliding scale)
  • Mix of hotels, dorms & homestays
  • Incl. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Notable Academic Components

  • Students are immersed in Spanish language instruction
  • Visit Local attractions and explore Costa Rica
  • Access to Verto professors and staff

Semester Curriculum

  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Spanish Language I
  • Global Health
  • International Development
  • Latin American History

Extracurricular Highlights

  • Overnight in the mountains
  • Hike Arenal Volcano and jump in Tabacon Hot Springs
  • Costa Rican cooking classes
  • Zipline and waterfall tour through the jungle
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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

The Most Common Questions We Get

What Does Verto Education Cost

Current semester program costs are listed on our individual program pages and start at $10,000 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, except for 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 University of Tennessee 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 partners take 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 Verto have access to International SOS’s benefits. 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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