June 8, 2020

VERTO EDUCATION’S FALL PROGRAMMING SCENARIO PLAN

Our guarantee is to always put the safety of our students first, to provide the best 1st-year college experience in the world, and to innovate within higher education. If any institution is safely running an in-person semester of college this year, it will be Verto Education.
stages of culture shock
Verto Education
February 24, 2020

The Psychology of Culture Shock

A fish out of water. A bike without a chain. Out to sea. A stranger in a strange land. There are many metaphors for culture shock, all of which attempt to describe the unique experience of being far from one’s home country and culture. Culture shock is defined as the feeling of disorientation experienced by…
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Verto Education
January 30, 2020

Introducing Our New On-Campus Semesters

We’re so excited to announce a new program offering for students. Our On-Campus semester has everything you’ve loved about Verto, just with a new twist. Unlike our In-the-Field semesters, where students move around between countries and learning sites, our On-Campus semesters offer an immersive experience with a singular home base in an amazing city.  The…
Students learning in Costa Rica
Verto Education
January 30, 2020

Learning with Verto: Our Field Semesters

If you’ve been exploring all things Verto Education, you’ve (hopefully) gotten a sense for what Verto’s all about: immersive, experiential learning in some pretty epic places.  And while all the talk of getting college credit for adventuring around the world sounds amazing (and it is!), it might be hard to imagine how that actually translates…
student planting
Verto Education
December 10, 2019

Student Stories: Take the Leap of Faith

Nantucket is an island thirty miles out to sea off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The island has a year-round population of roughly twelve thousand people. I was born on this little island and have spent my entire life growing up in this incredibly welcoming and wholesome community. Due to the size of the…
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Verto Education
November 27, 2019

Verto’s Guide to College Deadline Terminology

In our last post, we detailed how to prepare for college application season starting freshman year. Once you’ve checked all those boxes, you’ll not only have your application all ready to go, you’ll also be an amazing candidate for your dream schools. Now that you’re ready to apply, it’s time to figure out WHEN to…
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Verto Education
November 21, 2019

How Should I Start Planning for College?

As you approach high school and senior year, college can totally feel like the giant elephant in the room. The impending application process might seem too daunting to even think about. From the pressure of decision-making to the time and effort of filling out tons of paperwork, planning for college can sound like an incredibly…
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Verto Education
November 7, 2019

Verto Education, a Freshman Year Abroad College Program, Raises $6.3 Million in Seed Funding to Revolutionize the College Experience

Verto is on a Mission to Make Higher Education Accessible, Affordable, and Achievable for All Portland, Oregon - (November 7, 2019) - Today, Verto Education, a company that has created a new freshman year abroad college program, announced $6.3 million in funding. The company will use the funding to pursue its mission to bring international…
Outdoor Classroom
Verto Education
November 6, 2019

How do we achieve diversity in study abroad?

One of the biggest challenges in the field of international education is increasing the participation of underrepresented student groups. Although data shows that study abroad is becoming more diverse, there is still a long way to go. Diversity doesn’t happen by accident. Some universities and third party providers are proving that it can be achieved…
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Verto Education
September 27, 2019

7 Ways That Well Meaning Staff Do Harm: Inclusive Best Practices For Supporting Underrepresented Students

In an episode of her podcast “On Being”, Krista Tippett interviewed Annette Gordon- Reed, author of “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination” and Titus Kaphar, the award-winning artist whose works re- interpret history from the perspective of the unheard. At one point in the interview, Ms. Tippett asked…
landscape
Verto Education
September 12, 2019

Should I Take a Year Off Before College?

Last Updated on May 6, 2020. Wondering if a year off before college would be the right move for you? Don’t stress, Verto has your back with a breakdown of the pros and cons of a year off (and how to get the best of both worlds).  Why You Should Go Straight to College High…
students on beach
Verto Education
September 6, 2019

Meet the Field Instructor Who…

Grew up on a Pineapple Farm Despite growing up on a former pineapple farm in West Palm Beach, Florida, Cody Ward didn’t eat his first pineapple until he was in his 30’s! “My parents told me I was allergic to pineapples, which ended up being a total lie. I think they just wanted to keep…
students with turtle
Verto Education
August 8, 2019

Lessons From Darwin: The Importance of Observation in Environmental Science

Course Director, Kaycie Lawson discusses the importance of observation in environmental science. Kaycie has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. Her nearly 20 year career working in environmental science has taken her to places around the globe.   “In the distant future…
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Verto Education
July 31, 2019

Beyond Bananas: An Immersive Approach to Learning Latin American History

Course Director, Lean Sweeney shares her teaching philosophy and experience living in Mexico. Lean Sweeney defended her doctoral dissertation, "Stateless Space and Nationless Citizens: Tools of State-Making on the Chiapas-Guatemala Border, 1821-1899" in April of 2019 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and received a Master's in Mexican History from the Universidad Nacional…

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