Looking for Fall 2021 information? Head over to your Verto Student Portal and be sure to complete your onboarding checklists.

Congratulations On Your Verto Enrollment!

Your Student Success Coach will assist you along the way, but be sure to read your email carefully and abide by deadlines. If you have any questions from now until your departure, feel free to reach out to your designated Student Success Coach. Not quite sure who your Student Success Coach is? Check your email or contact us at studentsuccess@vertoeducation.org to find out!

What's Next?

You’re in! Welcome to Verto Education

Must Do: Schedule a Call with your Student Success Coach (SSC)

After receiving your deposit, your Verto admissions counselor will ensure you’ve completed all enrollment tasks. Allow up to 72 hours for the admissions team to process your enrollment. Afterward, check your inbox for an email from the Student Success Team with information about your assigned Student Success Coach. They’ll be your main point of contact from now until departure for all questions, concerns, and next steps. Don’t see the email 72 hours after your deposit? Check your spam/promotions folder or email studentsuccess@vertoeducation.org.

Must Do: Complete the Enrollment Form & Get your Welcome Packet

Your SSC can provide you a link to your Enrollment Form. Here, you’ll document your t-shirt size so that we can process your Welcome Packet.

Your Checklist

There’s a lot to do when you’re planning for a transformative academic semester! Along the way, you’ll also receive email invites to virtual events, reminders of pre-departure tasks, and preparation tips for your academic adventure.

Additional Resources

College Counseling, Financial Aid, & More

Your SSC can connect you with Verto resources as needed – just ask! Check out some of the resources below to learn more.

 

Enrolled Student Resources

Fall 2021 Flight Recommendations

See Fall 2021 Flight Recommendations here.

Have you purchased your flight? Be sure to complete the flight information module in the Verto Student Portal when released on July 1 – this information helps Verto to arrange transfers for students once they arrive in their destination.

Resources for First-Time Fliers

You’re not alone! Many Verto students are flying for the first time when they head to their semester destination. Talk to your Student Success Coach about their experiences with international flights for some advice, or check out this Step-by-Step First Time Air Travel Guide.

When to Purchase your Flights

“When should I buy my flight?!” We’re excited to start traveling, too! However, we ask that you wait to purchase your flight until Verto issues official flight recommendations, 3 months prior to your departure date. This is in order to mitigate your financial burden and ensure that you purchase flights for the most updated itinerary. Once Verto has released the flight recommendations for your semester above, it’s time to book!

Your flight recommendations will include suggested flight itineraries and a window of time for arrival/departure. It is your responsibility to purchase your own flight and arrive during the window provided.

Applying for or Renewing your Passport

You are required to have a passport with 6 months validity beyond your intended stay (end of semester). If you do not have a valid passport, it is recommended that you begin the application or renewal process immediately. Here are some resources to get you started:

Student Visas for Select Programs

Spain: See the Verto Spanish Semester Visa Guide

Italy: See the Verto Italian Semester Visa Guide

The above guides contain information relevant for Fall 2021 semesters only. For students enrolled for 2022 semesters or beyond, please defer to your Student Success Coach for additional guidance.

Additional questions about obtaining your student visa? Email us at studentvisa@vertoeducation.org!

Additional Guidance for Passports

G3 Passports & Visas Services: We recommend this service if you need additional help navigating the passport process.

Applying for Financial Aid

Verto accepts Federal Grants, Loans, and eligible scholarships to help you finance your Verto semester. Get started by reviewing the Verto Financial Aid webpage.

When completing FAFSA, be sure to add the correct school code:  

Verto Students who are not California residents: 003707 (this will populate as your school of record, Richard Bland College)

Verto Students who are California residents:  001187 (this will populate as your school of record, College of the Siskiyous)

Verto Scholarships

Learn more about scholarships awarded by Verto Education for transformative semesters here.

Applying Federal Aid to your Verto Tuition Balance

The first step is to make sure that you’ve added your School of Record school code to your FAFSA. Once your aid has been awarded and disbursed (typically within 30 days after the start date of classes), follow the instructions below to apply your aid to your Verto tuition balance.

For non-California residents, please see the instructions below: 
After you’ve followed the steps to add RBC to your FAFSA and federal aid has been disbursed, you’ll need to formally accept your financial aid and apply it to Verto.

  • Follow the steps to accept your Financial Aid from your RBC Banner account here.
  • Read more about how to apply your Financial Aid award to your Verto semester here.

For California residents, please see the instructions below: 

  • Read more about how to apply your Financial Aid award to your Verto semester here.

Verto College Counseling Services

We’ll prepare you for the adventure of a lifetime … but we also want to ensure you’re prepared for the rest of your college career (and beyond). That’s why we partner with 60+ colleges and universities.

Not sure where you want to go to college? We get it! It’s a big decision. Our team would love to meet with you and help you narrow your search.

Heart set on an institution that isn’t a Verto partner? We’ll work with you to help you navigate the deferral and transfer process.

Get started now by visiting our College Counseling page or speak with your SSC.

Vaccinations

Verto released an official COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for the Fall 2021 semester on June 3. This policy takes effect for the Fall 2021 semesters and beyond, in compliance with the local officials and governments in each destination to ensure we are abiding by all laws and regulations. Please refer to the policy emailed to you.

At Verto, we are unable to legally provide recommendations for other vaccinations. However, you can plan ahead by reviewing your vaccination information, speaking with your doctor, and making an advance appointment with your local travel clinic.

Travel & Medical Insurance

Students are required to have both medical and travel insurance during the Verto semester. For international semesters, Verto will purchase this insurance on your behalf. Prior to your departure, your insurance information and benefits will be made available to you via the Verto Student Portal.

For domestic semesters (Hawaii), you’re required to maintain or obtain your own health and medical insurance. Most students stay on their parent or guardian’s plan for the duration of the semester. Refer to our Guide to Hawaii Insurance page.

Independent Travel

At Verto, we love to travel, talk about travel, watch others traveling, think about traveling … we’re travel people. That’s great news for you because there are a team of experts and alumni with lots of advice to share! Check out these resources for traveling before, after, or during your Verto semester (campus semesters only):

  • Verto’s Guidelines for Independent Travel:
    • While on a Verto semester, you may have opportunities to travel independently. These opportunities are not guaranteed, as Verto organizes many group activities and required experiential learning outside the classroom. However, depending on your program, it’s likely that you will have a few days throughout the semester for independent travel.
    • If you choose to travel independently during days designated for this purpose, students will be required to complete an Independent Travel Form that is submitted to and approved by their Student Life Coordinator. This allows the SLCs to keep track of students’ transportation plans, accommodation plans, and when to expect a return to the group.
    • For students under 18 years of age, you will be required to have written permission from a parent or guardian prior to independent travel.
  • Traveling On-Your-Own Resources:  

Identifying your School of Record

For non-California residents, your School of Record for Fall 2021 is Richard Bland College of William & Mary.

For California residents, your School of Record for Fall 2021 is College of the Siskiyous.

For students enrolled for a 2022 semester, please see your Student Success Coach for more information.

Finalize your School of Record Enrollment

If Your Verto School of Record is Richard Bland College of William & Mary:

US Residents: Through Verto’s School of Record, Richard Bland College, students are issued financial aid, credits, and final transcripts. Fall 2021 students: It’s time to complete the short Verto-RBC Application Form (begins Jan. 30 prior to departure for Fall students and August 30 prior to departure for Spring students).

  • Select your Verto semester as the term (for example, if you are a Fall 2021 Verto student, select Fall 2021)
  • Select First Year Freshman or Transfer Student (then a drop down will populate to ask if you are a Verto student – click yes!)
  • Complete the rest of the form with your information and click submit!
  • Last, but crucial step: When your HS releases your official HS transcript at the end of your senior year, arrange for an official copy to be sent to RBC via apply@rbc.edu.

Non-US Residents on a Verto Hawaii semester: As an international Verto student traveling to the United States, you must complete the RBC International Application Form.

  • Select your Verto semester as the term (for example, if you are a Fall 2021 Verto student, select Fall 2021)
  • Complete the rest of the form with your information and click submit!
  • Let your Verto SSC know that you have submitted this application so that they can follow up with RBC on your behalf.
  • Last, but crucial step: When your HS releases your official HS transcript at the end of your senior year, arrange for an official copy to be sent to RBC via apply@rbc.edu. A translated and tabulated transcript is needed for international high school students.

Non-US Residents on an International Verto semester: Complete the short Verto-RBC Application Form (begins Jan. 30 prior to departure for Fall students and August 30 prior to departure for Spring students).

  • Select your Verto semester as the term (for example, if you are a Fall 2021 Verto student, select Fall 2021)
  • Select First Year Freshman or Transfer Student (then a drop down will populate to ask if you are a Verto student – click yes!)
  • Complete the rest of the form with your information and click submit!
  • You will need to submit a translated, tabulated copy of your transcript. International test scores are helpful but not required depending on how many credits of English they’ve taken. You do not need the financial certification, passport, or official bank statement, since you will not be traveling to the U.S.
  • Last, but crucial step: When your HS releases your official HS transcript at the end of your senior year, arrange for an official copy to be sent to RBC via apply@rbc.edu.

If Your Verto School of Record is College of the Siskiyous: 

  1.  Open a CCC account or select “Return to Sign In” to access an existing account.
  2. Complete the College of the Siskiyous application: you’ll need your Social Security Number, your email, and your previous education information. Need a guide? Watch this helpful video.
  3. If you’re using FAFSA, add College of Siskiyous to your FAFSA using school code 001187.
  4. If you qualify for additional federal or state aid, such as the Cal Grant, make sure to follow the instructions for application.
  5. Last, but crucial step: When your HS releases your official HS transcript at the end of your senior year, arrange for an official copy to be sent to COS at registration@siskiyous.edu.

Set up your School of Record Account

Once you’ve completed the enrollment steps above, it may take several days (or even a few weeks during busy seasons!) for the school of record to process your submission. Not to worry, Verto will be in communication with your school of record to follow up as needed. When you are officially enrolled through their process, you’ll receive information about your new school of record email and account. You’ll need to take some steps to set up the account, which you may use for financial aid information or to complete your Verto FERPA. Follow the steps below to set up your account.

If your school of record is Richard Bland College: 

Step 1: Log into Banner. After completing Step 1 and being admitted to RBC, you’ll be provided with an R# (Verto’s and RBC’s Student ID number). Your username is your R#. Your Pin number is your 6 digit Date of Birth (mmddyy).

Step 2: View your RBC Email by navigating from Main Menu > Student > Personal Information tab > View Email Address. Check out this video tutorial for more assistance with these first three steps.

Step 3: Create your Email Password through Statesman Account Management (SAM). Use this video tutorial to guide you through this process.

  • Start here.
  • Enter your User Name and Password and click Log In.
    • User Name is your RBC email address
    • Password is your R# plus ! plus lowercase first letter of last name
      • Ex: Richard Bland’s password would be R000000!b
  • Follow the prompts to register for SAM. Use the arrows to navigate through the registration.
    • Enter your Student ID number (starts with R)
    • Answer at least 5 of the 10 security questions
    • Once you have answered at least five questions or more, click Continue.
    • Enter an alternate email address (other than your RBC email address).
    • The system will send a one-time use passcode (OTP) to your alternate email address.
    • Log into your alternate email to get the OTP from the email.
    • Enter the code in the box and your alternate email is now registered.
    • You are now registered with SAM. Click on the link “Click here to try to continue logging in”.
  • The registration is complete and the SAM homepage appears. Change your password to something else at this time by clicking Change Now.

Step 4: You can log in to your RBC Email account here.

 

If your school of record is College of the Siskiyous: 

  • More information coming soon! 

Academic Accommodations

Your School of Record is Richard Bland College: 

Should you require Academic Accommodations on your Verto Semester, please complete this form or contact RBC’s Disability Services at office.ada@rbc.edu.

Your Verto School of Record is College of the Siskiyous: 

Coming soon! 

Upcoming Events

See and register for all of our upcoming events for enrolled students here!

Hear from Verto Alumni

Want to know what’s happening on the ground? You can!

Verto’s Trailblazer program is a unique leadership and ambassadorship experience. As Verto Trailblazers, select students blog and are featured on Verto’s social media accounts.

Read about the experiences of Verto alumni on the Verto Trailblazers Blog.

Verto Student Success Coaches

Michaela

Michaela McGee

michaela@vertoeducation.org

Michaela is passionate about providing exceptional student support for her Verto students! As a world traveler, she works to help students get the most out of their global education. Prior to Verto, Michaela worked as an Account Manager for Go Overseas and has a background in Communications, Journalism, and Documentary Studies. She could go on and on about the power of international education and experiential learning — but we’ll save that for a phone call. In her free time, Michaela enjoys surfing, slack-lining, and long boarding.

Olivia Rockwood

Olivia Rockwood

olivia@vertoeducation.org

Olivia was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and struck out to the midwest for college where she attended Beloit College and studied Art History and Creative Writing. She studied abroad in Seville, Spain and is constantly dreaming of returning for her second Feria. Olivia’s favorite pastimes include visiting museums, knitting scarves so big that they could double as a blanket, watching 80’s movies, making music with her friends, and attending trivia nights. As a SSC, she is passionate about helping students have a transformative Verto semester!

Photo: Michaela Yisrael portrait

Michaela Yisrael

michaela.yisrael@vertoeducation.org

A native New Yorker who has lived in Spain since 2011, Michaela holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Teaching Methods from La Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from CUNY Baruch College in New York City. She’s also a classically trained musician who attended NYC’s The Fame School. When she’s not arranging her next gastronomic experience or learning about the folkloric practices of other cultures, you can find her eating tapas in sunny Sevilla, dancing Sevillanas, playing guitar, at a local museum, traveling, or tending plants and herbs in her garden (work in progress…many plants have been lost in this process). She’s passionate about helping students make the most of their Verto semester! 

Photo: Shelby Silva

Shelby Silva

shelby.silva@vertoeducation.org

A California native, Shelby brings 15 years of global experience to her role as a Student Success Coach! In addition to working on remote wilderness expeditions and developing experiential education programs, she completed two semesters abroad during her time at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Whether mountaineering in the Himalayas or sea kayaking in New Zealand, Shelby loves to share her passion for all things mountains and oceans. With a Master’s in Education and experience working for Outward Bound, the National Outdoor Leadership School, and Rustic Pathways, she’s well-equipped to help her students prepare for adventure! When she’s not speaking with students and families, you’ll find her surfing, hiking, paddling, or playing rugby.

FAQs for Enrolled Students

How do I access my Verto Student Portal?

Once you’ve deposited, allow your Admissions Counselor 72 hours to finalize your record. Afterward, you’ll be invited to our Verto Enrolled Student Portal via email. You’ll set up your account using a password reset link, then sign in here. Watch our introductory video to learn more about the Fall 2021 student portal.

I missed a recent communication about my upcoming semester - where can I find this information?

Starting 3 months prior to your departure, you’ll receive weekly updates from your Student Success Team. If you’re having trouble receiving your emails, please check your “Spam,” “Junk,” or “Promotions” folder, or alert your Student Success Coach right away. You can also email us at StudentSuccess@vertoeducation.org for more help!

We will post many of our communications on the Verto Student Portal, so all you need to do is navigate to your General or Community Feeds in the portal to see recent communications.

Where can I find more information about Verto's response and scenario planning regarding COVID-19?

At Verto, transparency is one of our core values. After a very unique and challenging 2020, Verto Education reintroduced our in-person semesters in Spring of 2021. In order to do so safely, we expanded our risk management planning in alignment with our worldwide partnerships.

Read more below about Verto’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Verto will be providing our Fall 2021 semester participants with a comprehensive COVID-19 Vaccine Policy in June.

What's included on my Verto semester?

What’s included varies depending on your semester location. Please be sure to reference your semester location page for details.

In general, you can expect the following:

  • Meals:
    • Spain, Italy, England: Whether meals are included depends on your program location and selection of housing (Spain). See your semester page for more information. 
    • Hawaii, Costa Rica, Fiji: 3 meals per day are included, except when eating at restaurants. Snacks and additional purchases are not included. 
  • Included on all semesters: All accommodation throughout the semester
  • Included on all semesters: All Verto-scheduled events as per the itinerary
  • Internal Transportation for some semesters:
    • England: Pass for public transportation included.
    • Hawaii, Costa Rica, Fiji: All local transportation as per the itinerary included. 
  • Not included in your Verto tuition: Airfare to and from your destination, Visa fees (Spain & Italy), optional activities and associated equipment, any costs associated with early departure from program (voluntary or dismissal), food/travel/accommodation when traveling to or from semester locations, airline change fees or new tickets to and from program, or insurance for domestic programs (Hawaii).

What are Verto's Payment & Cancellation Policies?

We’re so excited to welcome you on your Verto semester! But we get it, sometimes life gets in the way. At Verto, it’s our mission to help you have the most fulfilling and successful first semester or year of college possible. It’s also our mission to ensure that you’re prepared to excel during the rest of your college career, which starts with planning ahead and understanding your commitments, so make sure you’ve reviewed all details on our payment and cancellation policy here.

Looking for information on payment plans, FAFSA, or financial advice? Head to our Financial Aid page.

What are Verto's Withdrawal & Financial Appeal Policies?

You can read more about Verto’s withdrawal policies and process on the Withdrawal & Financial Appeal Policies page.

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