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Business and Educational Resource Center

Welcome to the Business and Education Resource Center (BERC) of the American Embassy in Paramaribo , Suriname

The Business and Education Resource Center is an information center that advises on business and educational opportunities in the United States . We stand ready to assist US businesses interested in doing business in SurinameUnited States , students interested in studying in the United States . , Surinamese businesses seeking partners and imported items in the


BERC works to ensure the business community an easy access to various commercial sources. Thus, the center provides customized commercial information using in-house reference materials and electronic research. Specifically, BERC can assist you in locating products and services and/or suppliers in the U.S.A.

What resources does the BERC have for Business?

  • US import and export directories  
  • The Thomas Register (20 volumes) featuring 62,000 separate products and services; 156,000 U.S. companies; 2,200 supplier catalogs, and facilities brochures and product literature that will make your specifying and buying faster and easier  
  • The Directory of U.S. Companies  
  • American Export Register, Volumes I & II  
  • Information USA 2008 CD-ROM with links to facts about the USA, governments and politics, economy and trade, major laws and treaties, media, information technology, education in the USA, civil rights, arts and culture, and geography and travel  
  • Commercial News USA, a monthly magazine featuring various products and services  
  • And More! 

These in-house resources are for public use. Walk in or schedule an appointment and use these valuable resources to enhance your business.


BERC’s goal is to increase public awareness about study opportunities in the United States and assist individuals pursue studies there by providing information required to apply and study at colleges and universities.




BERC provides access to various in-house resources and computer-based searches for students looking for specialized programs and schools.


Recognizing that the lack of funding is a primary barrier for Surinamese students to apply to US colleges and universities, BERC educates about alternatives towards financing studies, i.e. scholarships and grants, etc.


The center informs the public about standardized admission tests and distributes test bulletins.

BERC conducts training workshops on studying in the US to junior and senior high school students and small groups.


What resources does the BERC have for Education?


  • 2-4 year college and university directories


  • College and university bulletins
  • 6 volume graduate and professional programs directory
  • Index of majors and graduate degrees
  • Booklets containing valuable information on undergraduate and graduate studies, and short courses and distance learning
  • Distance learning graduate programs in Business and Management; Education and Library Science
  • And More!


These in-house resources are for public use. Schedule an appointment or walk in to use these valuable resources.

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This center belongs to the EducationUSA network of educational advising centers affiliated with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. EducationUSA advisers strive to provide accurate, comprehensive, current, and unbiased information on educational opportunities in the United States . We do not endorse or rank any college or university, nor do we endorse services provide by any company or organization in areas of test preparation, admissions, placement, language training, or visa procurement.


For more information about EducationUSA and study opportunities in the United States , please visit


Test Dates for TOEFL, SAT, GRE and ACT.

TOEFL test dates for Suriname 2011-2012
Test date Mail-in registration deadline Online registration deadline
15 Oct 2011 29 August 2011 12 Sept 2011
12 Nov 2011 26 Sept 2011 10 Oct 2011
14 Jan 2011 21 Nov 2011 5 Dec 2011
09 March 2012 23 Jan 2012 06 Feb 2012
05 May 2012 19 March 2012 02 Apr 2012




Download paper based registration form at: (pdf 87.2KB)


SAT test dates for Suriname 2011-2012
Test date Registration deadline
05 Nov 2011 27 Sept 2011
03 Dec 2011 25 Oct 2011
28 Jan 2012 20 Dec 2011
05 May 2012 27 March 2012


GRE test dates for Suriname 2011-2012
Test date Registration deadline
22 Oct 2011 09 Sept 2011
19 Nov 2011 07 Oct 2011
11 Feb 2012 30 Dec 2011


Hours of Operations

Monday-Friday 8:00-16:00PM

Closed on Local and United States Holidays 


With an emerging trend toward "e-commerce", individuals and businesses are increasingly purchasing over the Internet. To enable companies to verify the bona fides of "e-commerce" businesses on the Web, the BERC offers assistance upon request to obtain background information on U.S. companies. 



Contact Information

  • Judith Dijks
    Business and Education Resource Center
    American Embassy
    129 Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat
    Paramaribo, Suriname
    Tel: (597) 472900 ext 2267
    Fax: (597) 425 690