SPRING SEMESTER IN NEW ZEALAND
Register for three courses of your choosing (transferable to U.S. colleges) and live on campus at the University of Auckland. Verto spring semester abroad includes:
A full-day introduction to the history, culture and ecology of the city, visiting an extinct volcano, a west-coast beach, the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Transport, entry fees, and lunch provided. A three-day excursion to the Bay of Islands including visits to historical sites; unique ecological areas; and the National Treaty Grounds where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. Transport, entry fees, shared hostel accommodation, and meals are provided.
A three-day marae immersion weekend, with exposure to both outdoor activities and traditional Maori culture and customs. Transport, communal marae accommodation and meals provided.
Semester long programming: The University will deliver mini orientations for Verto students, allocating a staff member to be our contact person for support and guidance, membership of our study abroad student club and allocating an academic and student buddy from within their Global Studies program to assist with Verto students supporting their academic and personal success while in New Zealand. This provides an in-country residential advisor and guide that gives students a one stop contact for student, parent or Verto queries.
Potential for student community service in the city of Auckland.
About the University of Auckland in New Zealand
The University of Auckland is a prominent and well-recognized university of distinction. It is New Zealand’s leading university and is the only New Zealand university ranked among the world’s top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. It is also the highest ranked New Zealand university in the QS World University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.
SPRING SEMESTER IN IRELAND
Register for three courses of your choosing (transferable to U.S. colleges) and live on campus at University College Dublin. The program includes room & board with the potential for community service opportunities.
Ireland has a long history of welcoming US and international students going back more than a thousand years. In the dark ages of 7th century Europe, Ireland was a beacon of learning, and students from around the continent travelled to study in Irish monasteries. They continue that proud and historic tradition today, and for the past 50 years Ireland has been a location of choice from students around the world, including North America, Europe, the Gulf and Asia.
An education in Ireland is a transformational experience, which adds significant value to the personal development and economic potential of those who study their and provides a bond to the global Irish family, a network which will continue to be open to them no matter where in the world they travel.
Ireland has a range of strengths:
– They are a small, safe and friendly country.
– The people are renowned for attributes such as innovation, creativity and collaboration.
– Ireland is a member of the European Union, and has extensive global links through our worldwide diaspora.
– Ireland is an English-speaking country with a unique cultural heritage.
– Ireland has an education system that has had a long history of international engagement and which is globally respected.
About University College Dublin
Originally known as the Catholic University of Ireland and subsequently as the Royal University, the university became UCD in 1908 and a constituent college of the National University of Ireland (NUI). In 1997, UCD became an autonomous university within the loose federal structure of the NUI and UCD students are awarded degrees of the National University of Ireland.