Business, communication, politics and economics are all becoming increasingly international, requiring a global perspective to better understand other cultures and countries. Studying at a U.S. university or college is one way you can broaden your cultural understanding.

Each year, over a million students from around the world come to study at U.S. universities, colleges and high schools. There are between 4,500-5,000 college is the United States that offer degrees and they vary dramatically in focus, cost, size and admissions. Choosing the right path for each student can be difficult based on the number of options available. Before a student spends up to $70,000 a year on college in America, they should know what is available to them, how to best achieve admission and how to minimize their costs.

The Global Student Program gives high school students from many countries around the world the opportunity to immerse themselves in American culture, student life and athletic competition. Our goal is to expose international students to the many educational options available in America.

To accomplish this, students will meet the administration officials from a variety of universities – large, small, public and private to hear what it takes to be admitted and how to improve your chance of being accepted. Students can choose study tours that focus on sports and exposure to college coaches or improving their English skills.

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Bryan Wong  President

Bryan Wong


Welcome to the Global Student Program! We created this firm to utilize our specific knowledge and insights into the education world. Our goal is to help the parents of international students understand American colleges and their options.

In 2003 Bryan was elected by the city of Monrovia, CA to his first term as a Board Member on the Monrovia Unified School District and has been on the Board ever since. He currently serves as the Board President. He is proud to be part of a team that has dramatically improved the quality of education in Monrovia. These improvements can be seen in the creation of the Math and Science Academy, increased test scores, increased admissions to universities and numerous state and national awards.

Prior to creating Global Student Programs, Bryan co-founded a financial advisory firm, which advised municipalities in the issuance of bonds. He then founded TAHF, a non-profit corporation that owned or managed 100+ properties in four different states. These properties ranged from single family homes to multifamily elderly facilities.

Bryan served eight years as a Director for the Los Angeles National Bank, a community bank based in Orange County, which focused on small to medium sized businesses. There he served as Chairman of the Compliance Committee which oversaw the operations of four branches. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Loan Committee that managed approximately $200 million of loans.

Bryan Wong earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. He has two sons currently in college.

Jimmy Lin  Director, Brazil

Jimmy Lin

Director, Brazil

Jimmy Lin was born and raised in Brazil where he attended Chapel School, an International American K-12 school for 13 years where he gained his Brazilian and American High School degrees. After high school in Brazil, he left Brazil to attended American University - Washington, DC where he gained his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems. 

Returning to Brazil, he started working at his Alma Mater, Chapel School, as High School computer teacher and IT coordinator for the school for 6 years. During that time he created the school's first 4-year school technology plan; he doubled the computer network, introduced Smart board technology and an online educational system.

After improving the school’s technological capabilities, Jimmy started his own IT/Business consultation business. His firm has been helping companies develop the best technological solutions for their needs in a more cost-effective form for the last 8 years.

As a graduate from an American University, as an international student and as a teacher, Jimmy has a unique set of experiences that will help students better understand the skills needed to succeed when attending a university abroad.

Thales Peterson  Director of Soccer

Thales Peterson

Director of Soccer

Thales Peterson was born and raised in Brazil where he was signed to play professional soccer.  In 2004 Thales chose to pursue coaching and moved to the United States. His soccer skills combined with the ability to speak English, Portuguese and Spanish fluently led to a position with the Miami F.C. of the United Soccer League (USL) as an assistant coach and assistant trainer. There he worked with Brazilian World Cup winners, Romario and Zinho.

Thales then became the Director of Coaching for FC Golden State where he oversees all aspects of the coaching staff and player development.  Under his leadership, the club has grown from 11 to nearly 100 teams. In his tenure, the club has won two National Championships, had multiple teams ranked #1 in the country and won over a hundred tournaments including several regional and state championships.

FC Golden State participates in the prestigious US Soccer Development Academy, a player’s pathway to the US National Men’s teams.  Thales acts as Academy Director where more than thirty players have gone on to play at the collegiate and professional levels in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica. This includes 10 players have been called up to the US National Team.   

Thales has never lost his desire for direct interaction with the players.  To this end, he still coaches an Academy team and is the assistant coach for the Ontario Fury, a professional indoor soccer team.  The Fury has players that represent both the US & Brazil for their respective Indoor National Teams.

Thales earned a degree in Physical Education at the Escola Superior de Educacao Fisica de Jundiai and a graduate degree in Soccer from Universidade Federal de Vicosa.    He also holds an “A” license from the United States Soccer Federation and a Premiere Diploma, Director of Coaching certificate from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  He is married and has two beautiful children.