International Credential Evaluation: Understanding the Essentials


Understanding the basics of foreign credential evaluation is a necessity for anyone who works with international students. You can better assist international students when you have a fundamental knowledge of their country’s educational credentials. These skills are a key part of the admission process of new students, but are also extremely helpful in general academic and immigration advising.

Workshop Objectives

  • Describe fundamental credential analysis process and procedures
  • Apply basic methodology and benchmarking to credentials
  • Recognize and identify status/legitimacy of an institution
  • Identify essential resources for effectively evaluating international credentials

Workshop Agenda

  • Introduction and overview
  • Credential verification
  • Credential authenticity and validity
  • Utilizing professional resources
  • Credential equivalency
  • Benchmarking
  • Calculating credits, grades, and Grade Point Average

What Participants Are Saying

  • Having persons from different universities/colleges share their personal experiences that help others in similar situations. The trainer's ability to give information from a "real world" perspective on what companies that evaluate transcripts do was very useful. -2016 NAFSA Annual Conference participant
  • Overall, it was very nice to learn that this process is not an exact science, but an art, as the speakers said. -2017 NAFSA Annual Conference participant
  • I'm very new in the field and this opened my eyes to many new terms, forms and procedures. -2015 NAFSA Regional Conference participant


Designed for those having three or fewer years of experience in the field of foreign academic credential evaluation.

Upcoming Dates

Join us at NAFSA 2018 in Philadelphia!
Monday, May 28 at 8:00 a.m.

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