Bruno arrived at the British International School Shanghai, Pudong in Year 9 from his native Brazil with very little English. During his time at the school he scored consistently highly on assessment for learning criteria, and two and a half years later he achieved 8 A* grades in his IGCSEs.
Bruno went on to apply to some of the world's best universities including London School of Economics and Amherst in the USA. In total, he was accepted by 6 universities, made the reserve list for 3, was pooled by Cambridge University and was granted the prestigious International Leaders of Tomorrow Award scholarship by the University of British Columbia.
Awarded to only a handful of students, the ILOT Award recognizes international students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, recognised achievement in fields of endeavour such as the performing arts, sports, debating or creative writing, or external academic competitions and examinations.
Bruno went on to score 42 points out of a maximum of 45 in the IB Diploma and chose to continue his studies at The London School of Economics, number 4 in the world's university rankings.