Answers to the most common questions we receive
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Verto Education is a new idea in higher education, so we’re sure you have some questions. We are a first semester abroad program which gives students an opportunity to explore the world and self-reflect on their path forward, while also providing an accredited academic platform that provides transferable college credit and therefore, keeps our students on a 4-year graduation timeline.
The Verto program allows you to submit a common application for over 30 (and quickly growing) 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
We can accommodate students 17 to 22 years old who meet our eligibility requirements. Most students are between 18 and 20 years old.
For our England and Italy semesters, students must be 18 years old by the date of departure.
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 $15,000 – $25,000 per semester depending on the location(s) chosen, before scholarship and aid is applied.
The Cost of Your Semester Includes:
- 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)
- Fruit shakes, soft drinks, additional drinks at mealtimes (field)
- Souvenirs and gifts
- Medical insurance and treatment
- Visa fees
- 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
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 until August 1 for field semesters and July 1 for on-campus semesters. Apply as early as possible!
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.
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
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 family homestays, hotels and guesthouses. 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.
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.
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.
Internal Flights are flights that occur between or within countries as part of program itineraries. Approximate cost of flights for 2020 semesters (subject to change):
Costa Rica – $250
South Pacific $650 – $800
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 STA Travel so that if you and your family would like support making flight arrangements, you are welcome to use their services. Going through STA Travel 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, 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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.