Who is Brazil College Counseling?
How did BCC get started?
Brazil College Counseling was founded by Emily Dobson, the former college counselor for the American School of Brasilia (EAB) and current co-counselor for the PanAmerican School of Porto Alegre (PAS) as an answer to the many requests coming in from Brazilian students at Brazilian national schools for support in college admissions. BCC was started in 2009 and launched officially in 2011.
What is the difference between BCC and other counseling or consulting companies in Brazil?
BCC is currently one of the only counseling services focusing on students in Brazil with accredited counselors who have gone through programs and/or been college counselors in an educational setting.
What are BCC's professional affiliations?
Our counselors are active members of the FOLLOWING:
OACAC, Overseas Association for College Admissions Counseling
HECA, Higher Education Consultants Association
IECA, Independent Educational Consultants Association
NACAC, National Association for College Admission Counseling
LDA, Learning Disability Association of America
CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
IDA, International Dyslexia Foundation
Graduates of UCLA or other recognized College Counseling programs and/or High School College Counselors
**Note** In our humble opinion, all reputable counselors or consultants working with students and schools must be active members in one, if not many, of the above counseling associations or be non-profit organizations(s) supported by a government body, like EducationUSA and the US Department of State.
See Featured Partners for links to our colleagues' professional affiliations.
I'm Brazilian- How Can I Study Abroad?
Good news for you is that the college admissions representatives are on a mission to find you- Brazil is ripe for recruiting and all you need to do is become more knowledgeable about the process so you can find the right college match for you!
Look at the Common Application www.commonapp.org to see what type of criteria is generally expected of applicants. Although admissions committees realize that each country, and every student has different educational opportunities, it is important to see the information that will be expected from you so you can plan around it. For instance, community service and extracurricular activities that have made an impact on your life are important holistic factors.
What's typically included in the initial consultation?
+ For best results, please send us your latest transcripts/grades, standardized test scores and a list of your academic and extra curricular activities in the following format : Description/Position Held, Hours per Week, Weeks per Year. Also, any awards received during high school listed by year with a description.
How can I find out when college fairs come to Brazil? Which one is the best?
The best college fairs are the ones a student is prepared for. If a student doesn't know how to 'do the fair', the information and experience can often be overwhelming. The most organized and genuine fairs seem to be the private tours that come to appointed campuses, something that our company helps to organize. Students attending public and private college fairs can see a helpful checklist for 'doing fairs' .
What are some basics elements a student needs for the admissions process?
A professional email (as opposed to surferdude69)
All prospective undergraduate students must register with www.collegeboard.org
Eventually, all students will need: three recommendation letters (one from a director or counselor), and two from core teachers who know them well or are teaching them in a subject they hope to pursue as a major in college
Official translations of the letters as well as their grades- please ask us for referrals
What are some more resources BCC suggests?
GRE Prep Courses for Graduate School Applicants
How We Know Them: Let's be honest. Who in Brazil doesn't know CTJ? We have shared college fairs, presentations and study abroad information for many years. A few years ago, it became obvious to me that adults wanting to pursue higher degrees needed accessible information and preparation opportunities as well. Together with Bespoke, we are launching a GRE Course to help working adults conquer the admissions exam for graduate school. CTJ also houses EducationUSA, a globally recognized source of information to study abroad and is a TOEFL testing center.
Why We Love Them: Besides an internationally- recognized dedication to help students study abroad through EducationUSA- their well-known English programs, translation services and our new GRE prep program begs the question-What's not to like? For more information about Casa Thomas Jefferson, please visit www.thomas.org.br. If you want more information on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) for Graduate school admissions, please contact BCC on our Contact Us page.
John Morris - English/Portuguese Document Translation
How We Know him: John Morris is one of the public sworn translators appointed to the city of Brasilia and he is on the American Embassy approved contact list and recommended on the Canadian Trade Commission page. He has over 20 years of experience, including school transcripts and recommendation letters, and also specializes in consecutive interpretation, simultaneous interpretation, written translation, certified translation and has experience in translation of animal origin food products label approval forms.
Why We Love him: Mr. Morris is one of the few translators that has 24 hour and expedited service- and when we have a deadline- he is the man we turn to. Letters of recommendation and transcripts retain their necessary spirit in text. He has been kind enough to recognize clients sent to him by Brazil College Counseling. You can reach Mr Morris by phone at (61) 9981-3288 / (61) 3577-3288 or
by email at email@example.com
For sworn translators in other areas of Brazil, please check the US Embassy website or your local EducationUSA branch or email us for a list of accredited companies.