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What We Look For

Verto participants expect more from their education and from themselves. They want knowledge you can’t find on the internet, experiences that expand their horizons, tangible skills for life, and relationships that last a lifetime. Here are some of the characteristics we look for in prospective Vertoans.


You seek to understand rather than judge. You begin relationships by asking questions, and you seek out new points of view. You are eager to learn about yourself, explore new passions, and clarify the path you want to take in life.


If you want a standard college experience, Verto is not for you, and that’s okay. If you’re ready to get out of your comfort zone and have some amazing new experiences, then we’ve got a whole world to explore together.


Inside the classroom, our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven, delivers a rigorous curriculum. Outside the classroom, you’ll be in an unfamiliar situation. We’ve got your back every step of the way, but you have to put in the work to get the most out of this opportunity.


We want young adults who look out for others, care about their communities, and treat everyone with respect. We’re all in this world together, and a little kindness can make all the difference.


Our number one priority is participant safety while overseas. We cannot do this without your cooperation. Reckless behavior is simply too dangerous in foreign countries. Our experiences are for responsible global citizens.

Application Process


    • Your single Verto application will give you access to any Verto location.
    • Participants must have a GPA of 2.5 or above to qualify for our abroad experiences.
    • Participants must have a valid passport in order to participate in any Verto abroad experience. All passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the experience (12 months for the Spain location). If this is not the case, prospective participants should renew their passport as soon as possible.
  2. Meet with an Admissions Counselor and Submit Your Documents

    • We require a brief phone call with one of our admissions counselors, followed by a virtual meeting with you and your parent or guardian. These calls are meant to help answer any questions you or your family may have.
    • Submit your high school transcript and a 500-word writing sample.

    • Verto application decisions are made on a rolling basis. You will receive a decision from Verto within 1-2 weeks. You’ve got a life to plan, we won’t keep you waiting.

    • We have a limited number of spots at each abroad location, and they will fill up. Your spot is not guaranteed until you make a deposit.

    • You can apply to many of our partner schools using your Verto application or you can choose to continue your studies at the University of New Haven’s main campus in Connecticut. Our college counselors will work with you one-on-one to determine what types of schools would be the best fit and help you apply.
    • You are not required to select a partner school to attend after Verto. If you want to attend a non-partner school, we can provide support during the transfer process. (All credits and transcripts come from our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven).
    • If you are unsure about your path, you are invited to work with our college counselors before, during, or immediately after your Verto first year abroad experience.

    • Once you receive a partner college decision letter, your college counselor is available to help you navigate your next steps in enrolling at a partner college.

Schedule & Deadlines

  • Application DeadlineSubmit your application ASAP. 

    Verto offers rolling decisions, and our locations fill up on a first-come-first-serve basis. We expect to reach capacity months ahead of the experience start dates. Apply today to secure your spot!

  • March 1, 2023Verto Scholars Award Deadline

    Students must apply and be accepted to Verto by March 1st in order to qualify for the Verto Scholars Award. Learn more about the award here.

  • May 1, 2023National College Decision Day

    Participants from coast to coast finalize their commitments. Some Verto abroad locations will likely reach capacity near this deadline.

  • June 1, 2023Enrollment Deadline for Fall 23

    Submit your deposit by June 1st to ensure your spot is reserved for our Fall 2023 abroad locations.


    Passport for Italy, Spain, & Czech Republic:

    In order to apply for a student visa, participants must have a valid passport in-hand 3 months prior to the experience start date—renew or apply for your passport asap! If you’re unsure about how to apply for a visa, your admissions counselor can help!

    For Italy and Czech Republic, passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the abroad experience end date. For Spain, passports must be valid for a minimum of 12 months after the abroad experience end date.

    Passport for Argentina, Costa Rica & England:

    Participants must have a passport in-hand approximately 1 week prior to their experience start date. The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the abroad experience end date.

Costs & Payments

Cost vary by location and do not include airfare. Housing is included.
See the specific location pages for the full cost details.
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