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Tips about the procedure of evaluation of a diploma for studying in the USA


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Tips about the procedure of evaluation of a diploma for studying in the USA


For Russian students who want to receive a prestigious education abroad , the correct preparation of documents is important: for example, the evaluation of a diploma for studying in the United States . This is an adaptation of a particular country's educational document to United States standards. In relation to a diploma, the procedure involves confirming the authenticity of a document with translation into the language of the country of study - English .

The American educational system has certain features: in the local structure of education there is no specialist or candidate degree. Evaluation helps you find a similar name that is understandable for the American educational system.

In the article you will learn what the concept of “evaluation” includes, and what nuances to pay attention to when processing documents.

Make sure you need an assessment

Evaluation of a diploma for studying in the USA is not an easy procedure. Before submitting documents, be sure to choose the right university: from a financial point of view or from an educational one. Study the list of entrance tests to be sure that you can pass them. It is worth noting that the adaptation of a foreign diploma in America is not required for every university.

Why should a foreign student make an evaluation if it is not a prerequisite:

Arguments "for"

Arguments "against"

  • Evaluation is necessary for a Russian student to enter US universities
  • Done once, reused
  • Useful for finding work in a specialty among foreign employers.
  • Not every US university requires an evaluation
  • The confirmation of the educational document and translation into English will require financial (~ 285 $ ) and time costs (about 3 months).

Graduation Evaluation Options: Simple and Complicated

Evaluation of a diploma for studying in the USA is presented in two options. Simplified version - you apply for a diploma confirmation and receive a paper on your hands stating that this educational document is equivalent to an American-style bachelor’s diploma.

The second option, more complex and energy-intensive, is called Course-by-course. The final paper, in addition to the conclusion on equivalence, includes a list of courses taken during education, including the number of academic hours. This option of confirming the diploma has an advantage: at the Course-by-course, the student receives the calculation of each subject according to the standards of the American educational system, taking into account the points (or educational credits) that are necessary to pass the subject. The number of points and academic hours are not dependent on each other.

Sometimes, instead of the procedure for evaluating a diploma, it is enough to provide an official transcript of the diploma that is done at the university: for this, the student must contact the dean’s office or the department for international work and explain that he needs a document for entering an American university.

Criteria for transcription according to the necessary standard:

  • A4 sheets with a list of courses taken and the number of studying hours
  • For the transcript, plain paper without watermarks is selected
  • The list can be in native language or with dubbing in English.

If you have made the document only in native language, we recommend that you additionally make a copy of the transcript in English.

The process of sending a transcript of a diploma as an official document on higher education has several features:

  • It is better to draw up the letter on behalf of the university, and not personally on behalf of the student
  • Seal the envelope in place (in the dean’s office) and ask to stamp the institution
  • In the column with the return address, indicate the address of the university, not personal.

The transcript is considered an acceptable option for filing educational documents abroad, its preparation is simple - these factors make this option very popular.

Some more guidelines for sending documents

You have completed all of the steps listed and know for sure that you will need a graduation certificate. Several companies are involved in this procedure in America:

  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  • World Education Services (WES).

To formalize the evaluation, companies request the originals of your education documents: diploma, certificate or other papers. According to official information, the documents sent must be returned to the owner, but in reality anything happens. For reliability, SMAPSE experts recommend entrusting the sending of documents to the courier service: let it come out more expensive, but the security of securities will increase several times.

Detailed information on the preparation of the evaluation and deadlines is on the official websites of the companies, but it often happens that the expectations do not coincide with reality - instead of the specified month, the client receives papers in his hands only after 3-4 months. Therefore, it is better to start paperwork in advance. You can prevent such surprises by looking at other people's reviews of the experience with similar documents.

To summarize

SMAPSE experts list the main points associated with the submission of documents and the evaluation of a diploma for studying in the United States:

  • Make sure that the selected university has a mandatory confirmation of a your diploma in the list of requirements
  • Find out if you can replace the evaluation with a transcript
  • If the second option is approved, poison it according to the specified
  • Do not skimp on courier delivery - save both money and nerves
  • Start preparing documents in advance to collect the necessary package for the beginning of the school year.
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