Connect to the World
Soak up the warm and welcoming energy of Dublin and dive into its incredible history, diverse architecture, live music, sports scene, and more during your semester abroad in Ireland.
Enjoy an authentic Irish lifestyle, plus the inspiring courses, one-on-one support, and cultural immersion opportunities of a Verto Education.
Student Residence or Student Apartments
before scholarships & financial aid
August 29 – December 10, Fall 2022
Start College With Community
Live with other Verto students and befriend the many local and international students during your semester abroad in Ireland. Our experienced staff is on-site to support you and guide you towards a transformative semester.
Take Verto Courses
The museums, sites, and neighborhoods of Dublin become your classroom as you dive into Verto’s experiential learning courses.
Your Student Life Coordinator will set you up with everything you need during your semester abroad in Ireland. Explore cultural activities and excursions with your Verto cohort– like a day trip to Kilkenny Castle, traditional Irish music and dance sessions, and more!
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 12-16 college credits through a selection of fascinating courses.
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.
The purpose of Rhetoric and Research is to prepare you as a writer for college assignments and for the writing demands in your personal, professional, and civic lives. Students will critically read and write in a variety of rhetorical situations and contexts and incorporate college-level research. Specifically, we’ll learn how writing is:
(i) a communicative act that always occurs within a particular context and with a particular purpose;
(ii) a process (rather than a one-time act) in which reading, feedback and revision helps us realize the full potential of our written works; and
(iii) a communal act, for we always write to engage with an audience.
Students read and discuss a variety of works from different literary genres, focusing on nonfiction and expository texts, reading 30-60 or more pages per week. The course also emphasizes research skills, including evaluating and documenting sources, using MLA style, practicing academic integrity, and job document preparation for employment. Students write several essays in expository and argumentative prose, including at least one research paper, in response to class reading and outside research, for a total of between 6,000-8,000 words.
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.
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.
The study of human behavior from a cross cultural perspective. Emphasis is placed on non Western societies. Areas that may be covered are social organization, belief systems and ritual behavior, socialization, psychological anthropology, economic organization, social stratification, theory, and other selected topics. A goal of the course is to create a greater degree of cross cultural awareness by attempting to promote an understanding of and appreciation for the richness and diversity of human culture.
For the non-music major, this course is designed to provide the college student a foundation for a lifetime of enhanced appreciation and enjoyment of music. Focus content will include the elements, structure and history of music, with significant emphasis on developing listening skills and acquiring a basic repertoire of music from a variety of music literature examples.
This course includes basic principles and practices of public speaking: developing proficiency and self-confidence in speaking. Focus will also include organization, development and communication of ideas, structure, style, and delivery. This course covers theory and techniques of public speaking in democratic society. Discovery, development, and criticism of ideas in public discourse through research, reasoning, organization, composition, presentation, and evaluation of various types of speeches including informative and persuasive speeches. The course also develops critical listening skills through performance and evaluation.
This course provides a foundation in computer science for students who do not have prior computer science and programming experience. It provides essential support to permit a student to continue in Computer Science as a potential major course of study but it is also appropriate for all other students as well. Topics include the basics of computer systems’ organization, the software development life cycle in specific problem domains, the research resources available for problem solving, and the social and ethical aspects of technology. Additional topics include an introduction to the algorithm and program development process using high-level structured programming languages with hands-on computing facilities, and problem-solving using critical thinking and computational thinking skills. The course begins with an overview of the context of computing, computational operations, the computer organization and design, the basic algorithm and data structures for problem solving, the storage and transmission of data, the presentation of information, and the limitations of computing. Students learn about the design and implementation of computational systems, and the values of abstraction in critical thinking, in computational thinking, and in problem solving.
This compulsory course examines a range of problematic issues facing society. Conflicting perspectives, research findings, theoretical explanations and societal responses will be discussed regarding such issues as: distribution of resources, national security, the environment, race, gender, family, the medical industry and the justice process.