Verto Semester in
in Hawaii

Connect to the World
in Hawaii

Explore Hawaii as your classroom as you study courses like Environmental Science, Ethics, and Sociology through cultural immersion and project-based learning.

Soak up the incredible scenery with adventure activities like snorkeling, hiking, surfing, and more!

  • Duration

    14.5 Weeks

  • Accommodation


  • College Credits

    12-16 Credits

  • Location


  • Program Cost

    $12,500 -22,500 USD sliding scale

  • Program Dates

    September–December, Fall 2021

    January-May, Spring 2022

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.

Take VertoCourses

Immerse yourself in Hawaii’s scenery and culture as you dive into Verto’s experiential learning courses. Study Environmental Science while standing on top of a volcano, or about Music while learning the Hula!


Engage with local communities through a traditional luau feast, sustainable energy workshops, NGO visits, and more! You can also opt in to exciting excursions like lava tube exploring, waterfall hikes, and snorkeling with manta rays!

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

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

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.

Introduction to Sociology

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.

Rhetoric and Research I

 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.

Diversity in American Music

Students will learn how music helped various cultures and cultural elements persevere through adversity. Students will examine various types of music from the various cultures of America. The contributions of these cultures to the development of various musical styles will be studied with an emphasis on the oppression of certain cultures and the dominance of others.

Introduction to Ethics

This course is intended to acquaint students with the practical relevance of ethics within everyday life and to aid them in cultivating the skills inherent in ethical reasoning. It is an examination of the basic concepts of morality and values, representative ethical theories and their application to important contemporary moral problems. Topics may include abortion, suicide, euthanasia, gun control, homosexuality, affirmative action, capital punishment, cloning humans and other biotech issues, the war on drugs, terrorism and our responsibilities to the environment.

American Literature II

This course introduces students to a wide range of American authors and their relationship to major literary and intellectual movements from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present.

Cultural Anthropology

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

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.

Discover Yourself

Students walk away from their Hawaii 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.

Already daydreaming about
volcanoes and luaus?!

Details About Verto Hawaii Semester


Students will live in dorms. All accommodations are approved through Verto’s thorough vetting process and deemed safe and appropriate for students.

All 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,
  • utensils,
  • cutlery
  • 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.

All ground transportation is included in the cost of the program, such as transport between locations, for planned weekend trips, and class excursions. Cost of transportation outside of Verto-sponsored activities is the responsibility of the student.

*Please confirm with the Verto team before purchasing any flights. Generally we will advise you to do so in June.

Excursions built into the semester include taking part in Hawaiian traditions and cultural practices like wayfinding as well as snorkeling, surfing, hiking, waterfalls, plenty of beach time, coffee plantation tours, and more.