Hi, my name is Kate Plessing-Brunetto. I am the Director of the
International Student Center at Bergen Community College. I believe
that Bergen is a wonderful place for international students to study. I
consider myself very lucky to work in the field of international
education because it allows me to meet interesting people from around
the world. One of the best parts of my job is welcoming the new
students from around the world and learning about different cultures and
customs. Before coming to Bergen Community College, I worked in
Education at two other New Jersey schools. I earned my Master's degree
in Communications at Fairleigh Dickinson University. I studied abroad
in London, England during my time as an undergraduate at the University
of Delaware where my love of international education began! I am very
happy to be at BCC!
Please contact me or any of the ISC staff members if you need
assistance. We have Spanish, French, Korean, Turkish, Mandarin, Urdu
and English speakers who work in the ISC! If we don’t speak your
language, we will find someone on our diverse campus who does!
Hi all, my name is Patricia Aguilar and I'll be one of your first
contacts with Bergen Community College. I'll make sure you get all the
information you need while applying at the College and I'll help you
processing your information so that you can get your I-20. I was born in
Guayaquil, Ecuador and I'm bilingual. I've been with Bergen for the
last eight years and I consider the College my second home. Like you, I
was new to the United States and I understand all your concerns.
Remember, I'm here to help you. ¡Bienvenidos al Bergen Community
I have been employed at BCC for 29 years, but I am new to the
International Student Center. I previously served as Secretary/Office
Manager for the Center for Suburban Criminal Justice, Executive
Secretary in Social/Behavioral Science Department, Senior Secretary in
Business and Technology Department, and Office Assistant in Continuing
Education at Bergen Community College. I am currently a member of the
BCC Suburban Studies Group. I was awarded the Regional Outstanding
Leadership Award from the International Chairs Academy and the
President’s Recognition Award from Bergen Community College.
My name is Mine Ugurlu. I am from Izmir, Turkey. I came to USA to
pursue a degree from an American college. I am very pleased to have a
Bachelor’s from Montclair State University and a Masters in Media and
Communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University. I remembered how
frustrated I was learning English and pursuing a college degree in a
foreign country; because of that reason, I realized that I have a
passion for helping international students. Since 2009 July, I am very
happy and proud to working at the International Student Center at the
same college where I got my associate's degree, Bergen Community
College. At the International Student Center, I am serving as the
initial point of contact for international applicants and handling
admission- related advising for students on non- immigrant visas.
Studying in a foreign country is both an exciting and a challenging
experience. I want your stay in Bergen Community College to be
productive and enjoyable from the start and I am here to help you to
make the passage from your home country to Bergen Community College as
smooth as possible.
The ISC employs student aides from around the world to help our students adjust to life at BCC and to perform some clerical tasks in the office. Our student aides speak different languages, come from varied cultures and are involved in many clubs and activities on campus. Feel free to ask them for ideas about joining student organizations, tips on local housing, shopping, transportation, or just stop in to meet them and say hello.
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400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652