Answers to the most common questions we receive
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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 65 (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
The Q & A
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Admission & Cost
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 Hawaii and Costa Rica programs. See each semester page for specific birthday requirements.
If you have any questions please speak with a Verto Admissions counselor.
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.
Current semester program costs are listed on our individual program pages and run from $18,000 – $30,000 per semester (before federal financial aid and scholarships are applied).
The Cost of Your Semester Includes:
- Accommodation for the duration of the semester
- Inclusion of meals vary by semester location. Please see semester pages for each location’s details.
- In-country support team
- Airport pickup / drop-off
- In-country orientation program
- Tickets/entry fees for sponsored programs
- Study tours and excursions
- Books and other course materials
- Medical insurance and treatment***
The Cost of Your Semester Does Not Include:
- Flight to/from location of study
- Internal Airfare for Optional Independent travel
- Snacks and additional drinks
- Souvenirs and gifts
- Visa fees (only applicable on Italy and Spain semesters)
- 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
***Please note that insurance is NOT included in the Hawaii semester tuition.
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.
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!
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.
Yes! Verto Education welcomes students who are non-U.S. passport holders to apply to our programs, so long as they meet the admissions requirements.
- TOEFL, PTE Academic or IELTS Academic results are preferred
- Minimum score required for Admission: TOEFL IBT – 80, PTE Academic – 53, & IELTS Academic – 6.5
- Alternatives to TOEFL, PTE or IELTS are considered on a case by case basis
If you plan on using funds from your 529 plan, please submit this invoice to your 529 College Savings Group. The payment can be mailed to Verto Education at the following address:
Student Financial Services Department
3055 NW Yeon Ave #8822
Portland, OR 97210
Life During the Program
Accommodations vary depending on semester location, see specific location pages for details.
All accommodations will be fully furnished with beds, wardrobe, linens, etc. We carefully check each location to make sure that it meets our safety standards.
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.
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!
Specific policies for independent travel vary by semester. We require that all students who plan to leave the city of study fill out the Independent Travel Form to get approval.
Students are responsible to book travel to/from each semester location. Verto will provide 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.
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, depending on the need and your semester location.
Some of our 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.
Some Verto programs will require students to get a student 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. Once you’ve enrolled, we’ll provide you with more information specific to the visa application process for your program of study. We’re here to help make this process as smooth as possible.
Academic and attendance policies remain in place for students regardless of visitors; students are expected to attend class, complete coursework, examinations, and assignments as scheduled. Families who visit students during the semester may be disappointed in the amount of time they are able to spend with their student due to the demands of their study program including courses, experiential learning activities, and weekend trips. Students whose families visited in the past have experienced more intense homesickness as a result of the visit.
Families are welcome to visit at the end of the semester. Once students have completed their coursework and other academic commitments, they will be able to host their families and travel freely. For families that make the trip, there will be an open house in which they can meet program staff and students will share some of what they have learned throughout the semester. From there, families can decide how to spend their time together independently. Details on end-of-semester family receptions will be provided by August 1.
Virtual Family Weekend/ Open House
In addition to bi-weekly emails providing details about the students’ experience, we also facilitate a weekend of virtual opt-in events for families like student-led campus tours and cooking demonstrations.
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Emotional Support Animals (ESA) do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are not allowed on a Verto semester.