Verto Education

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Verto Education is an opportunity to start college differently, so we’re sure you have some questions. We offer a globally-focused first semester (or year) of college, giving students the opportunity to explore the world and consider their path forward, while simultaneously earning transferable college credit, keeping students on their original 4-year graduation timeline.

Verto’s application allows you to submit a common application for over 45 (and quickly growing) partner universities throughout the U.S. and the world, with lower tuition than most.

Below, you’ll find some of the most common questions we get about our programs, but if you don’t find what you need, you can submit your own question below and someone from our team will quickly get back to you.

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

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Admission & Cost

How old do I need to be to study with Verto?

In general, Verto can accommodate students 17 to 22 years old who meet our eligibility requirements. Most students are between 18 and 20 years old.

Verto welcomes students who have reached the age of 18 to their programs in Italy or Spain. Laws in those countries, and the EU in general, consider students under 18 yrs of age a minor and require a guardian onsite. Students who are 17 yrs old and looking forward to starting their college experience with Verto may enroll in our Fiji, Hawaii, and Costa Rica programs.

If you have any questions please speak with a Verto Admissions counselor.

Do you have any medical requirements for participation?

Our programs are designed for positive, open-minded students with keen interests in experiential learning, adventure, and cultural exchange. Be ready for mental, emotional, and physical challenges!  While many students can benefit from a Verto semester, those who are adjudicated, court-mandated, or requiring regular in-field therapy are beyond the expertise of Verto to monitor and will not be permitted to join our semesters abroad.

What does Verto cost?

Current semester program costs are listed on our individual program pages and run from $15,000 – $25,000 per semester depending on the location(s) chosen, before scholarship and aid is applied.

What does tuition cover?

The Cost of Your Semester Includes:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation for the duration of the semester
    • Field semesters: all meals included
    • On-campus: location dependent – see specific location pages for details
  • In-country support team
  • Airport pickup / dropoff
  • In-country orientation program
  • Tickets/entry fees for sponsored programs
  • Study tours and excursions

The Cost of Your Semester Does Not Include:

  • Flight to/from location of study
  • Internal Airfare (field) / Independent travel (on-campus)
  • Snacks
  • Fruit shakes, soft drinks, additional drinks at mealtimes (field)
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Medical insurance and treatment
  • Laundry
  • Visa fees (only applicable on South Pacific, Italy, and Spain)
  • Optional activities and associated equipment
  • Food, travel, and accommodation when traveling to, from, or between programs
  • Airline change fees or new tickets for flights to and from programs
  • Any costs associated with early departure from the program
  • Books and other course materials

Do you have different payment plan options?

Yes! We offer three convenient plans for you to pay for your Verto Semester:

  • Option 1: You can split the semester fee into two separate payments: One by March 15th (after FAFSA is distributed), and one by June 1st.
  • Option 2: You can pay the semester fee in a lump sum by March 15th and receive a 5% overall tuition reduction.
  • Option 3: You can split the semester fee into equal monthly payments, with the last payment due by June 1st.

When is the deadline to apply?

Verto has rolling admissions and our semesters fill up quickly. We encourage you to apply as early as possible so that you can secure a spot!

If accepted, will I receive an acceptance letter from the college?

Yes, when you are accepted to Verto you are simultaneously accepted into one of our partner universities for the spring semester. Your acceptance letter will be expedited through the Verto application process.

Can I use FAFSA to help pay for my semester with Verto?

Yes! Financial aid (loans, scholarships, grants) is available for all Verto Education semesters. If you are eligible to receive financial aid, you’ll be able to apply it to your semester abroad with Verto.

Life During the Program

Where will I live?

On campus: Accommodations vary depending on your location, see specific location pages for details. All accommodations will be fully furnished with beds, wardrobe, linens, etc.

In-the-field: Accommodations during your program will be a mix of base houses, hotels, and guesthouses. Some semesters may include short term basic, camping-style stays. The Change the World Honors Program may incorporate some homestays. Homestays 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.

Will I have a roommate?

On a Verto semester, students are paired with one or more roommates. Depending on the selected program and the accommodations, students can have multiple roommates.

On field semesters, accommodations vary, so roommate assignments may change throughout the program, as students and staff change locations. These assignments are made by the on-site staff.

On campus semesters, students may live in a flat/apartment or student residence depending on location. Verto students are likely to have 2+ roommates and share common spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. These assignments are also made by on-site staff.

While we do our best to accommodate cohort and roommate requests for semesters, we cannot guarantee or share roommate assignments ahead of the semester. Verto students report that they enjoy befriending other students and meeting new people in their accommodations – it makes the semester even more transformative!

How will we travel while on the program?

On campus: Where available, students will be issued a local transit pass included in the semester fee. The city is yours to explore from there!

In-the-field: Transportation will include a mix of private vans or buses, public transportation when appropriate and internal flights where dictated by the program such as between Fiji, New Zealand, Australia. Internal flights will be invoiced to the families prior to the beginning of the semester.

Can I travel on my own during a Verto semester?

On campus: Yes! We require that all students who leave the city of study fill out the Independent Travel Form so that in case of emergency our team can contact you to make sure you’re safe.

In-the-field: Independent travel is not permitted in our field semesters because it is built into the program and planned for you! Additionally, we will be traveling to some very remote areas which could make independent travel unsafe for students.

Who books my travel to/from my semester?

Students are responsible to book travel to/from each semester location. Verto will provide a suggested flight route and an arrival timeframe, and our team will be waiting for you at the airport!

Verto partners with Student Universe so that if you and your family would like support making flight arrangements, you are welcome to use their services. Going through Student Universe will involve an additional fee.

What dietary options are provided (gluten-free, vegan, etc)?

We can cater to most dietary requirements, including vegetarian and vegan diets. It is very important that you advise us of any allergies or special dietary needs at the time of your application as well as on your medical forms. Please know that we may not be able to accommodate all dietary/allergy restrictions, particularly in-the-field.

Some of our on-campus semesters are self-catering (i.e. kitchens available to cook for yourself), and this could be a good option for students who want more control over their diet.

Do I need a Visa?

Visas depend on both your nationality and the semester location you’ve selected. It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure you meet the entry and exit requirements for each country; however, our program partners with G3 Visas and Passports, a well-known visa service provider, to help make this process easier. We will provide you with more information once you’ve enrolled.

Can parents visit?

On Campus Semesters: Yes! Parents are welcome to visit anytime; however, we recommend waiting until at least 5 weeks into the program so the first wave of culture shock has likely passed and students have settled into a routine in their new home. Students will also not receive their course syllabi until they arrive on campus, so it is wise to wait to book until the student has a better idea of when coursework, examinations, and assignments are scheduled.

In-the-field: Due to frequent travel often to remote locations, each field semester will have an optional Parents Weekend reserved for family time. There will be a small reception at the beginning of each Parents Weekend, and then each family can decide how to spend their time together independently. Dates for Parents Weekend will be sent to families as early as possible, but no later than 3 months prior to Parents Weekend.

If parents/families are unable to attend the field semester Parents Weekend, our program team will make sure there are activities for those students to participate in as a part of our Verto family!

Do I need to be able to speak the local language?

No – except in the case of our foreign language courses, all courses will be facilitated in English. It helps if you’re able to speak a bit of the local language, so it’s in your best interest to learn a few key phrases in advance of your semester!

Safety & Risk Management

What safety and risk management measures are in place?

Verto Education takes the health and wellbeing of our students extremely seriously.

We’ve developed stages of planning to address the specific concern of Covid-19. Please read about our Covid-19 safety plan here.

We have comprehensive risk management and crisis response systems and go to great lengths to educate and train our leaders in first aid and screen each of our participants. In fact, nearly all of our In-the-Field Program Leaders are certified as Wilderness First Responders. Each of our Academic Partners for our on-campus semesters have a robust Emergency Response plan in place for current students which would also apply to Verto students.

To complement these efforts, we are partnered with International SOS, one of the world’s leading providers of global medical and emergency services. All participants traveling with Verto Education have access to International SOS’s benefits through the Verto membership. Please note, the membership provided by ISOS is not health or travel insurance.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, Verto students are required to have travel insurance that covers them for the duration of their program. In addition to medical coverage (either through your travel insurance provider or through a separate provider if not offered), travel insurance will help cover your student for travel-related incidents such as loss of luggage, emergency evacuations, or canceled flights. Read more here about travel insurance requirements and what to look for in a provider.

What happens if I get sick and have to come home early?

Each situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Generally, by planning ahead, reading all material, and abiding by Verto academic and conduct standards, the vast majority of our students are able to complete their chosen programs. We encourage all participants to purchase a travel insurance policy that allows for more flexibility and covers cancellations that occur outside of the refundable period of our cancellation policy.

How will family be able to communicate with me while on the program?

We suggest that students and their parents create communication plans that set clear expectations around the frequency of and reasons for contacting each other. While on-campus students will have access to wifi and mobile data readily, this is not the case with our in-the-field semesters.

In the field, phone and internet service are often readily available to our students. However, there are portions of our programs during which students will need to go up to two weeks without access to phones or internet.

On all programs, we encourage students to limit communication with their parents to a phone call or message no more than once per week. This ensures group cohesion, the building of trust among students and leaders, and allows for the most culturally immersive experiences. In urgent situations, students will have access to our 24-hour emergency line, which they can call for immediate assistance.

How are prescription medications handled?

It will be the responsibility of the student to make sure you bring enough medication for the duration of your entire program and to let us know what you are bringing. Please remember some countries might not have the meds you prefer. If you normally get a smaller dosage than you will need for your entire program, you will need to apply for a “vacation waiver” from your doctor, as sending prescription medications overseas is usually met with difficulties when it arrives into country and often does not make it to the recipient.

Do I need immunizations?

We are here to help with this but legally cannot provide direct medical advice on vaccinations and inoculations. However, we suggest you visit this page for up-to-date information. Additionally, when you participate in our programs, we provide you with an included membership to International SOS, our partner for global emergency and medical services. This is a great resource for specific regional information and travel consultation. Prior to travel, you should review these websites, consult with your local travel clinic, and discuss your travel plans with your physician. Be aware that some immunizations involve a series of shots or medications, so don’t put this off for the last minute.

Can I bring a service or emotional support animal with me on a Verto semester?

Verto strives to support students who use service animals to navigate their daily activities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act while studying on Verto programs in Hawaii, where the ADA applies. Requests to bring a Service Animal should be made to a Verto Admissions Counselor, Student Success Coach, or by emailing Emotional Support Animals (ESA) do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are not allowed on a Verto semester.

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