Field Semester in
Connect to the World
Explore Fiji as your classroom as you study courses like Anthropology, Sociology, and Environmental Science through cultural immersion and project-based learning.
Soak up the incredible scenery with adventure activities like snorkeling, ziplining, surfing, and more!
Mix of base house stays, hotels, student residences, and camp-stays
$25,000 USD before financial aid
September- December, Fall 2021
Start College With Community
Live with other Verto students and learn alongside a tight-knit community of program leaders, professors, and fellow travelers. Our experienced staff is on-site to support you and guide you towards a transformative semester.
Immerse yourself in Fiji’s scenery and cultures as you dive into Verto’s experiential learning courses. Study Environmental Science while snorkeling in Fiji’s crystal clear waters, or about Sociology while visiting an indigenous agricultural community.
Engage with local communities through cooking and art classes, wildlife conservation workshops, NGO visits, and more! You can also opt-in to exciting excursions like scuba-certification, rainforest hikes, or kayaking!
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:
Please note that course availability may vary based on partner college requirements and other factors. All courses and programming are subject to change.
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.
This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods used in sociology, and how they relate to and impact everyday life. Topics typically include the analysis of social structure, culture, social stratification (including class, race, ethnicity, age, sex, and gender), social change, global dynamics, group behavior, and socialization and the self.
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.
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.
Designed for the student who wants to become a creative writer, this course will provide a foundation for further exploration and practice in poetry, fiction, and/or drama. Through critical analysis of works written by notable writers, elements of literature, and examination of the writers-reader relationship, students will gain the tools to begin crafting their own creative works and to identify their voices as writers.
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 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.
Students walk away from their Fiji semester with much more than incredible memories and transferable credits; through Verto’s one-on-one counseling and mentorship, you’ll build the confidence, self-awareness, and clarity to thrive in college and in life.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Work with your personal Academic Success Coordinator and College Counselor to develop your game plan for an impactful college career. You’ll get a head start on how to manage your time, study effectively, and adapt to life on campus.
Find Your Purpose
Get clarity on your future goals as you contemplate what you’ve been learning and the type of impact you want to make on the world. Your program leaders will help you reflect on your experiences through group activities and one-on-one check-ins.
Details About Verto Fiji Semester
Students will live in a mix of hotels, hostels, base houses, and student residences. All accommodations are approved through Verto’s thorough vetting process and deemed safe and appropriate for students.
All base stays will include
- single beds,
- 1 wardrobe per student,
- linen pack,
- study area,
- shared common areas: kitchen/dining & living room,
- shared bathrooms,
- fully furnished bedrooms and common rooms,
- wireless internet access throughout residence,
- fully-equipped kitchen,
- and cookware.
Three meals per day are included in the semester fee.
Students are responsible for booking their flights to and from the program at the beginning and end of the semester. Please confirm with the Verto team before purchasing any flights. Generally we will advise you to do so in June.
All ground transportation is included in the cost of the program, such as transport between locations, planned weekend trips, and class excursions. Cost of transportation outside of Verto-sponsored activities is the responsibility of the student.
Please note that there may be times where students enjoy excursions to remote locations and experience more basic, camping-style stays. Any Verto programmed stays will ALWAYS be with other students from the program. While accommodations may be basic at times, we carefully check each location to make sure that it meets our safety standards.