Welcome!

Thank you so much for your interest in being a writing mentor for one of our students! We are really excited for you to help a student with their U.S. Undergraduate application over the next few months.

EducationUSA students come from all around Spain and are of different nationalities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. But they all have one thing in common: they are passionate about gaining admission to a U.S. institution. For most of them, English is not their native language, so any advice and guidance you can offer them will be invaluable for helping to improve the essays they need to submit to their chosen universities. 

In the past, the relationships formed between mentors and their mentees have made a huge difference in keeping students focused and determined, as well as helping them feel supported during a particularly stressful time in their life.

We hope that you enjoy working with your mentee as much as they will with you.

For any questions about the writing mentor program, please contact Michaela (mtucker@educationusa.org)

This Year’s Events

Writing Mentor Training

September 20, 6pm CET

Mentor Check-In Meeting

October 18, 5pm CET

What is EdUSA?

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries and territories. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. EducationUSA also provides services to the U.S. higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals.

EducationUSA Spain has centers located in Madrid and Barcelona.

What is Competitive College Club?

The EducationUSA Competitive College Club (CCC) assists Spain’s best and brightest students to have an improved chance at admissions to a U.S. college or university. Participation is free and open to all students residing in Spain of any nationality, ethnicity, and economic background. Students in 1º and 2º of Bachillerato (equivalent to 11th and 12th grade, respectively) who are in the top 10% of their class or have strong transcripts are eligible to apply, and applications to join the club are submitted when students are in the beginning of 1º of Bachillerato. 

Accepted students attend bi-monthly meetings held during the school year, virtually. Students who are just beginning the college application process in 1º of Bachillerato are known as the CCC Juniors cohort. The following year, these students begin 2º of Bachillerato and become the CCC Seniors cohort. Students enter CCC as Juniors; new students are not admitted to the Seniors cohort.

CCC involves a number of activities including a group project about U.S. schools, learning about the American education system, community service, and presentations from guest speakers. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that CCC students will be accepted to U.S. colleges or universities or that they will be awarded scholarships from U.S. universities, but CCC’s intensive group advising guarantees the best possible chance. The EducationUSA Advisers also work with students to have an alternative plan in the event that the U.S. application process is not successful.

The CCC Timeline

Every year we adapt the student timeline to meet the needs of the cohort. However, we aim to cover several key areas before students enter CCC Seniors and their final year of high school.These areas include:

  • Understanding the U.S. higher education system; learning about what a Liberal Arts curriculum entails and how this differs from the Spanish system. 
  • Understanding standardized testing, including the SAT, ACT and English exams.
  • Financial aid advice and scholarship opportunities.
  • How to research and choose a U.S. university. 
  • How to establish connections with U.S. universities as a way of demonstrating interest.
  • Writing competitive college essays—covering ‘personal statement’ type essays in response to prompts such as those included in the Common Application, shorter supplemental essays, and the extracurricular activities list.
  • The role of the school counselor and teacher recommendations in the application process.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The CCC is not a Fulbright grant program and participation in the CCC does not guarantee admission to scholarship awards from U.S. colleges or universities, nor does it give participants special consideration for future Fulbright grants.

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