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World Education Service (W.E.S) Evaluation FAQ

What is a Course-by –Course W.E.S Evaluation?

The WES Course-by-Course evaluation converts educational credentials from any country in the world into their U.S. equivalents. It describes each certificate, diploma, degree, or course that you have earned and states its academic equivalency in the United States. In addition, a Course-By-Course W.E.S Evaluation lists all post-secondary subjects with their corresponding value expressed in terms of U.S. Semester credit and grade equivalents.

Which WES Evaluation should I choose?

You should always choose the Course-By-Course WES Evaluation.

What is the Cost of a WES Evaluation?

You can find the cost of a WES Evaluation at the following link: https://www.wes.org/evaluations-and-fees/education/transfer-admissions/

Why do I need to have my credentials evaluated?

In order to maintain consistency across international institutions, and to make sure all students are being treated equitably the WES evaluation allows all students to transfer in the same credit for the same course.

When should I have my credentials evaluated?

Once you complete coursework at an international institution, it is imperative that you start the WES evaluation process as soon as possible.

How long does it take to obtain a WES Evaluation?

The standard processing time for a credential evaluation is seven (7) business days after receipt, review, and approval of all documents and payment in full to WES (World Education Service).

What documents do I need to send for evaluation?

Required Documents for WES Evaluations vary based on country. You can find the documents you need to provide for a WES Evaluation at the following link: https://www.wes.org/required-documents/

What if my documents are not in English?

If your documents are not in English, you must submit precise word-for-word English translation together with your foreign-language documents. WES does not provide translation services. Translations prepared by the school or university that you attended or by authorized translators in your home country are acceptable.

What is the W.E.S Evaluation Process.

  1. Receipt of Application – As soon as an application is received at WES, the staff examines it to determine whether it is complete, includes all the required documents and the full payment.
  2. Verification of Documents - Obtaining the appropriate documents is critical to the WES evaluation process. If WES determines that all the required documents are present, the evaluation will proceed.
    1. IF any document and/or information is missing, WES immediately issues a “Document Request” asking for the missing documents and/or information. The file is placed on hold until all the required documents and/or information are received.
    2. If WES decided to verify the documents with the institutions that issued them, copies of the documents will be sent to the institutions with a request for verification. WES notifies applicants when their documents are sent for verification. All such files are placed on hold until WES receives a written response from the institution itself. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Can I receive transfer credit from outside the United States without a WES Evaluation?

The College of Arts & Sciences will not award transfer credit from international institutions without a WES Evaluation.