Verto Semester
in Costa Rica

Connect to the World
in Costa Rica

Explore Costa Rica as your classroom as you study courses like Interpersonal Communications, Spanish, and Ecology through cultural immersion and project-based learning.

Soak up the incredible scenery with adventure activities like kayaking, ziplining, jungle hikes, and more!

In the process, learn about you, your community, and the world.

  • Duration

    14.5 Weeks

  • Accommodation

    Dorms, with overnight excursions

  • College Credits

    12-16 Credits

  • Country

    Costa Rica

  • Program Cost

    $18,000 USD
    before scholarships & financial aid

  • Program Dates

    August 29 -December 10, Fall 2022

Start College With Community

Live with other Verto students and learn alongside a tight-knit community of staff, professors, and fellow travelers. Our experienced staff is on-site to support you and guide you towards a transformative semester.

Take VertoCourses

Immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s scenery and culture as you dive into Verto’s experiential learning courses. Study ecology while standing on top of a volcano, and do your Spanish homework with vendors at the local farmers market!

ExploreCosta Rica

Engage with local communities through Merengue dance classes, permaculture farm work, NGO workshops, and more! You can also opt-in to exciting excursions like waterfall hikes, mountain biking, or white water rafting!

Sharpen Your Mind

In all Verto classrooms, you’ll enjoy small class sizes, energetic and caring professors, and hands-on learning.
Going to class will actually become the highlight of your day.

Earn College Credit

Earn college credit through a selection of fascinating courses including:

Available Courses for Fall 2022

Please note that course availability may vary based on partner college requirements and other factors. All courses and programming are subject to change.

Beginning Digital Photography

The exploration of photography as an art form using digital tools and software. Emphasis is balanced between technical skill and the creative process. In-class exercises, out-of-class shooting assignments, and group critiques. A basic digital camera is required.

Cultural Geography

This course offers students an overview of the interrelationships between human societies and the environment, known as the cultural landscape. It examines population distribution and growth, migrations, environmental modifications, and the spatial distribution of phenomena such as language, religion, economic systems, and urbanization.

Environmental Policy & Management

Environmental policy and subsequent regulation is one way of managing the relationship between human activities and their effects on natural ecosystems. This course is a study of federal, state, and local environmental legislation and its history. We will chronicle America’s awakening to environmental issues and the ways in which decisions affecting the environment occur. The content of the course is vital to environmental policymakers, scientists, and advocates.

Environmental Science

This science-based course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the environmental crisis that confronts us all. Topics include ecological principles, biodiversity, climate change, sustainability, renewable and non-renewable energy, water resources, air and water pollution, and solid waste management. Field studies may include restoration projects, surveys of local ecosystems and flora and fauna populations, and visits to local environmental, agricultural, or scientific facilities.

Film Appreciation

This introductory course explores the world of film and filmmaking. We will examine the narrative and stylistic techniques used in filmmaking in order to more fully understand how meaning is constructed, conveyed, and interpreted in film. The course also examines film genre studies, film criticism, the international film scene, and the concept of media literacy.

Intermediate Spanish I

This course offers students practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Spanish at the intermediate level, with more advanced grammar, as well as opportunities to explore cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to refining grammatical concepts introduced in Elementary Spanish I and II, students learn more challenging grammatical structures such as the subjunctive in noun clauses, adjective clauses, and adverbial clauses.

Intermediate Spanish II

Continued review of grammar and syntax, training in conversation and composition, and reading from the works of modern authors.

International Relations

This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of international relations and the competing approaches in understanding and addressing contemporary issues and crises. The course identifies the various state and non-state actors in global politics and describes and explains their behavior as well as the structure of the international system in which they operate. Included is an Event Master Template examination of not only the traditional subjects of international relations, such as power, nationalism, diplomacy, and war, but also those transnational factors that have come to play a critical role in an increasingly interdependent world, such as immigration, trade and economic/financial activities, the environment, human rights, and terrorism.

Interpersonal Communication

A practical course in the theories and elements involved in interpersonal communication. Study of the factors, which influence our ability to effectively communicate, development of relationships, the role of the self in communication, the resolution of conflict and communication on the job and in daily life.

Introduction to Biology

The course covers the scientific method; basic chemistry; molecular biology; genetics; evolution, the structure and function of cells; biodiversity; and evolution.

Introduction to Psychology

This is a basic course introducing psychology as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes through the exploration of major theories and concepts, methods, and research findings. We will examine traditional areas of psychological investigation from a scientific perspective, including scientific methodology, human development, personality, psychological measurement, psychopathology, psychotherapy, motivation, perception, social influences on behavior, cognitive processes, learning, and biological basis of behavior.

Introduction to Statistics

A general introduction to random variables, descriptive statistics, sampling theory, estimation theory, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation.

Introductory Spanish I

This course blends a focus on communication with grammatical rigor and vocabulary acquisition in a real-world Spanish immersion context. By the end of the semester, students successfully completing the course will be able to converse in Spanish about themselves and common topics daily life, and generalize knowledge and negotiate during conversations to convey meaning. Students will also correspond in written Spanish to convey information about themselves and their day-to-day experiences, and read brief passages highlighting general information on the host country and important topics in the country’s society and cultures.

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