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Foreign Credential Evaluation Service

For employment, immigration and education in the United States of America you would need the services of a foreign credential evaluation agency which would provide you with an evaluation report that states the US equivalence of your foreign education.

International students seeking admission to colleges or universities in the US are advised to get their transcripts evaluated. A course-by-course evaluation, in addition to the US equivalence of your education, lists the subjects completed in terms of US credit hours and grades with the Grade Point Average (GPA). This enables the college or university to understand what you have studied and determine your eligibility for admission to their degree programs. It also helps them in granting transfer credits for courses already completed so that the student does not have to repeat a course unnecessarily.

To settle down in the United States you would require a visa issued by the by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Most visa applicants need a formal credential evaluation stating the US equivalence of your diploma or degree, information of the degree granting institution including its accreditation status and the duration of studies. For employment and immigration a document evaluation should suffice as credit hours and grades are not required generally. You could also opt for an education and work experience evaluation to add up to a bachelor’s degree if you have an incomplete degree or add to a bachelor’s degree to result in a master’s degree equivalence as per USCIS norms.

The easiest way to look for an agency is to search the internet. A search for a term like “foreign credential evaluation” on Google would throw up a list of agencies providing this service. One of the most important things to look for while choosing a credential evaluation agency is the turnaround time. A slight delay could cost you a semester or your job. Comparing the evaluation fees charged by different companies would show you for instance that while some companies charge you regular fees for a 72-hour service, others may provide you the same turnaround time by charging an astronomical fee for a rush job. You would also be well advised to ask them how long they keep your records to facilitate copies that may be required in future. Several agencies have made the evaluation process very simple by allowing you to order online by submitting an online application and transmitting your documents via file uploads, e-mail or fax. A few of them email or fax the electronic copy of the credential evaluation report for review prior to shipping the hard copy.

Credential evaluation agencies are independent private entities. There is no governmental body that grants approval to agencies that offer credential evaluation services. The agency or their evaluators are generally members of one or more of professional associations like NAFSA (NAFSA: Association of International Educators), AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers), EAIE (European Association of International Education), AEA (American Evaluation Association), AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc.) and AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators) to name a few.

National accreditation focuses on for-profit, career-oriented schools that may offer technical or career programs.

List of National Accrediting Agencies:

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Feel free to contact Evaluation World, a foreign credential evaluation service, for assistance.

  • Filed under: Accreditation
  • Regional Accreditation

    To be accredited, a school/college must meet the standards of its accrediting agency. Join a program only if your school is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting organizations co-ordinated by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) :

    New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
    NEASC serves some 1,899 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and 138 American/International schools around the globe.

    North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA)
    A non-governmental, voluntary organization that accredits more than 9,000 public and private schools in 19 states (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Navajo Nation, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming) and the Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools worldwide.

    Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
    An organization that accredits schools in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
    The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia)

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
    Accredits institutions in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Pacific Basin, and East Asia, and areas of the Pacific and East Asia.

    The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
    Accredits institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington

    Earning a degree from a school accredited by one of these organizations will ensure wide acceptance of your credentials by employers. Attending and graduating from an accredited institution can make the difference between getting hired or not.

    Feel free to contact Evaluation World, a foreign credential evaluation agency, for assistance.

  • Filed under: Accreditation
  • A credential evaluation of your foreign bachelor’s degree from a foreign credential evaluation service like Evaluation World LLC is required for admission to a master’s degree program in a college or university, immigration or employment in the United States. The following are some of the Diplomas and Certificates from foreign countries that can be evaluated as the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in the United States. The list is not exhaustive and there could be other qualifications in these countries that are also equivalent to the US bachelor’s degree.

    Afghanistan: Bachelor, Leicanc (Bachelor, Licence)
    Albania: Diplômë / Bakelorë (Diploma, Bachelor)
    Algeria: Licence, Diplôme d’Etudes Superieures/DES (Higher Studies Diploma), Diplôme d’ingéniorat / d’ingénieur d’état / de l’Institut (Dipl.Ing.) (Diploma of Engineer, State / Institute Diploma of Engineer)
    Angola: Licenciado (Lic.) (Licentiate)
    Argentina: Bachiller / Bachillerato universitario (Bachelor), Licenciado (Lic) (Licentiate)
    Armenia: Bakalavri Kochum, Specialist Diploma
    Australia: Bachelor degree (4 year or Honours), Master’s Qualifying Year (MQY) following a 3 year Bachelor’s degree
    Austria: Bakkalaureus (Bachelor)
    Azerbaijan: Bakalavr
    Bahamas: Bachelor degree awarded by the University of the West Indies
    Bahrain: Bachelor degree
    Bangladesh: Bachelor degree (4 year program or more), Master of Arts/Science/Commerce
    Belarus: Baklavar, Specialist Diploma, Diplom o Vyshem Obrazovanii
    Belgium: Candidature, Baccalaureate, Licence, Diplôme d’ Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées
    Benin: Diplôme universitaire d’études littéraires/scientifiques, Diplôme d’études supérieures (DES) (Diploma of Advanced Studies)
    Bhutan: Post Graduate Diploma
    Bolivia: Licenciatura/Licenciado (Lic.) (Licence), Titulo profesional (Professional Title)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina: Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja
    Botswana: Bachelor degree
    Brazil: Bacharel / Bacharelado, Licenciado / Licenciatura (Bach., Lic.)(Bachelor’s / Licenciate)
    Brunei: Bachelor degree
    Bulgaria: Bakalavr
    Burkina Faso: Diplôme d’études universitaires générales (DEUG) (Diploma of GeneralUniversity Studies), Licence (Lic.) (Licence)
    Burma (Myanmar): Bachelor degree (4 year or Honours)
    Burundi: Diplôme (Dipl.) (Diploma), Licence (Lic.) (Licence)
    Cambodia: Bachelor degree, Licence
    Cameroon: Licence, Bachelor degree following GCE Advanced Levels
    Carribean Countries: Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CxC)/ GCE “O” Levels
    Central African Republic: Diplôme supérieur de gestion (DSG) (Higher Diploma of Management), Licence (Lic) (Licence), Diplôme d’ingénieur (DiplIng) (Diploma of Engineer)
    Chad: Licence (Lic) (Licence)
    Chile: Licenciado/Licenciatura (Lic.) (Licence), Titulo profesional (Professional Title)
    China, People’s Republic of: Bachelor degree, (Dip) (Diploma of Graduation)
    Colombia: Licenciado / Licenciatura (Lic) (Licenciate)
    Congo, Democratic Republic of the: Licence (Lic) (Licence), Diplôme d’études supérieures (DES) (Diploma of Higher Studies)
    Costa Rica: Bachiller / Bachillerato universitario (BachU) (UniversityBachelor / Baccalaureate), Licenciado / Licenciatura (Lic) (Licenciate), Titulo de (Title of)
    Croatia: Diploma diplomaskog studija
    Cuba: Licenciado / Doctorado (Lic/Doc) (Licenciate), Diplomado / Titulo profesional (Dip, Tit) (Diplomate/Professional Title)
    Cyprus: Bachelor’s Degree
    Czech Republic: Bakalar (Bachelor), Inženýr (Engineer)
    Denmark: Candidatus Degree
    Dominican Republic: Licenciado / Licenciatura (Lic) (Licentiate), Ingeniero (Ing) (Engineer)
    Ecuador: Licenciado (Lic) (Licentiate), Titulo profesional (Professional Title), Ingeniero (Ing) (Engineer)
    Egypt: Bakalourious (Bachelor)
    Estonia: Bakalaureusekraad, Bachelor Degree
    Ethiopia: Bachelor Degree
    Fiji: Bachelor Degree
    Finland: Kandidaatti/Kandidat
    France: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate), Certificat / Diplôme de fin d’études (Cert, Dip) (Certificate / Diploma of Competed Studies)
    Gabon: Licence ès lettres (LL) (Licentiate in Letters), Diplôme d’ingénieur (DI, DiplIng) (Diploma of Engineer)
    Ghana: West African School Certificate/ GCE “O” Levels
    Guinea: Baccalauréat
    Georgia: Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
    Germany: Bakkalaureus (Bachelor)
    Ghana: Bachelor Degree
    Greece: Bachelor Degree, Ptychion (4 year program)
    Guatemala: Baccalaureus (Baccalaureate), Licenciado (Lic) (Licentiate)
    Honduras: Bachiller universitario (University Bachelor), Licenciatura (Lic) (Licentiate), Titulo de (Title of)
    Hong Kong: Bachelor Degree
    Hungary: Egyetemi Oklevél (Ok) (University Diploma),
    Iceland: Kandidatsprof/Candidatus, Bachelor degree
    India: Bachelor Degree (4 year program) or 3 year Bachelor Degree plus 1 year Post Graduate Diploma (PGDIP)
    Indonesia: Sarjana
    Iran: Karshenasi / Lesans (Licentiate), Bachelor Degree
    Iraq: Bachelor Degree
    Ireland: Bachelor Degree
    Israel: Boger ravuach universita (Bachelor Degree)
    Italy: Laurea
    Ivory Coast: Licence / Licence es lettres (Lic / LL) (Licentiate / Licentiate in Letters)
    Japan: Gakushi Shogo (Bachelor’s Degree)
    Jordan: Bachelor Degree
    Kazakstan: Bakalavr (Bachelor), Diplom Specialista (Specialist Diploma)
    Kenya: Bachelor Degree
    Korea: Haksa (Bachelor)
    Kyrgyzstan: Bakalavr (Bachelor), Diplom Specialista (Specialist Diploma)
    Laos: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate)
    Latvia: Bakalaurs (Bachelor)
    Lebanon: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate), Bachelor Degree
    Lesotho: Bachelor Degree
    Liberia: Bachelor Degree
    Libya: Bachelor Degree
    Lithuania: Bakalaurs (Bachelor)
    Macedonia: Bachelor/Diplomiran
    Madagascar: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate), Diplôme d’ingénieur
    Malawi: Bachelor Degree
    Malaysia: Bacelor / Sarjana Muda (Bachelor)
    Mali: Diplôme de l’école normale supérieure (DENS) (Diploma of the HigherNormal School) , Diplôme d’ingénieur des sciences appliquées (DISA/DI) (Diploma ofEngineer of Applied Sciences)
    Malta: Bachelor Degree
    Mauritius: Bachelor Degree
    Mexico: Licenciado (4 year), Titulo (4 year)
    Moldova: Diplom inzhiner (DI) (Engineer’s Diploma)
    Mongolia: Diploma of Specialist, Bachelor Degree
    Morocco: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate)
    Mozambique: Licenciatura (Lic) (Licentiate)
    Namibia: Bachelor Degree
    Nepal: Bachelor Degree (4 year program), Master Degree following a 2 or 3 year bachelor Degree
    Netherlands: Baccalaureus (Baccalaureate), Ingenieur (Ing), Getuigschrift Hoger Beroepsonderwijs (HBO – 4 year program)
    New Zealand: Bachelor Degree
    Nicaragua: Licencia / Licenciado / Licenciatura ( (Licentiate), Arquitecto (Architect), Ingeniero (Ing) (Engineer)
    Niger: Licence ès … (Lic) (Licentiate in …)
    Nigeria: Bachelor Degree
    Norway: Adjunkt (Accountant), Arkitekt (Architect), Candidatus magisterii (Cand.mag.) (Candidate Master), Sykepleierske (Nurse)
    Oman : Bachelor Degree
    Pakistan : Bachelor degree (4 years or 3 years + 1 year of Honours), Bachelor of Engineering, Master’s degree (2 years following a 2 or 3 year bachelor degree).
    Panama: Licenciado (Lic) (Licenciate), Titulo profesional (Professional Title), Tecnologia (Technologist)
    Papua New Guinea: Bachelor Degree
    Paraguay: Licenciado (Lic) (Licenciate), Ingeniero (Ing)
    Peru: Bachiller académico, Licenciado (Lic) (Licentiate), Titulo profesional (Professional Title)
    Philippines: Bachelor Degree
    Poland: Magister (Mag) (Master)
    Portugal: Licenciado (Lic) (Licentiate)
    Qatar: Bachelor Degree
    Romania: Diploma de Licenta/Diploma de Inginer (minimum of 4 years)
    Russian Federation: Bakalavr, Specialist Diploma
    Rwanda: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate), Diplôme d’ingénieur / Ingéniorat (DipIng, Ing) (Engineer)
    Saudi Arabia: Bachelor Degree
    Senegal: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate), Diplôme d’ingénieur (DipIng) (Diploma of Engineer)
    Sierra Leone: Bachelor Degree
    Singapore: Bachelor Degree
    Slovak Republic:Bakalar, Magister (Mag) (Master)
    Slovenia: Diplomirani (Qualification/Graduate)
    Solomon Islands: Bachelor Degree
    Somalia: Bachelor Degree, Laurea
    South Africa: Baccalaureus (Baccalaureate) (Bachelor), Higher Diploma, National Higher Diploma
    South Korea: Senior High School Diploma
    Spain: Licenciado (L, Lic) (Licentiate), Arquitecto (Arq) (Architect), Ingeniero (Ing) (Engineer)
    Sri Lanka: Bachelor Degree, Higher National Diploma (HND)
    Sudan: Bachelor Degree, Advanced Diploma (AdvDip)
    Swaziland: Bachelor Degree
    Sweden: Magisterexamen, Yrkesexamen (professional exam) awarded after a minimum of 160 credit points (4 years)
    Switzerland: Lizentiat, Licence, Bachelor Degree (4 year program)
    Syria: Bachelor Degree
    Taiwan: Bachelor Degree
    Tajikistan: Bakalavr, Diploma of Specialist
    Tanzania: Bachelor Degree
    Thailand: Bachelor Degree
    Togo: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate)
    Tunisia: Licence (Lic) (Licentiate)
    Turkey: Lisans Diplomasi / Bachelor (Licentiate Diploma / Bachelor’s Degree)
    Turkmenistan: Bakalavr (Bachelor)
    Uganda: Bachelor Degree
    Ukraine: Dyplom Bakalavra, Dyplom Spetsialista
    United Arab Emirates: Bachelor degree, Licentiate
    United Kingdom: Bachelor Degree
    United Kingdom: Bachelor Degree
    US Virgin Islands: Bachillarato Diversificado de Ensenanza Secundaria
    Uzbekistan: Bakalavr, Specialist Diploma
    Venezuela: Licenciado (Lic) (Licentiate), Ingeniero (Ing) (Engineer)
    Vietnam: Cu Nhan / Bang Tôt Nghiêp Dai Hoc Licence (Lic) Bachelor (BA, BS) (Bachelor’s Degree / Licentiate / Diploma of Higher Education Graduate)
    Yemen: Bachelor Degree
    Zambia: Bachelor Degree
    Zimbabwe: Bachelor Degree