If you’ve ever taken courses outside of the US, chances are you’ll need to tackle a few extra steps to make sure your coursework can be recognized back in the states. To help this process go as smoothly as possible, we’ve compiled a list of common requirements. All you really need to get started are your official transcripts and your school’s specific application requirements.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the three steps you may (or may not) need to complete. Make sure to double check your program’s requirements before you begin by scheduling time with an Education Coach — not all students need to complete all three steps!
1) Obtaining Transcripts
Contact your Education Coach before requesting documents to determine what exactly you can use to complete a translation and evaluation. Every school has different requirements, and having a conversation with a coach first can save you time and money. If you have any records that are still sealed and in the envelope, do not open them! Your Education Coach will be able to help you to determine what additional records, if any, are needed for the school and/or the evaluator and translator.
If your transcripts aren’t already in English, you will have to get them translated. If you’ve already had your transcripts translated, go ahead and send them to your Education Coach so that they can confirm these are your most up-to-date transcripts, and that the translation is certified.
You should get recommendations for certified translators through evaluation services like NACES or your Education Coach. If you need to have your transcripts translated and evaluated, make sure to get them translated first.
A transcript evaluation tells your school how the credits you earned abroad correspond to US credits. This is important because three credits from a school in, say, New Zealand might not be equal to three credits in the US.
While there are plenty of transcript evaluation services, you’ll want to check with your Education Coach before choosing one. Some schools will require you to use a specific service such as a NACES partner, or even have your transcripts evaluated in-house.
Tip: If you ever have questions or are in doubt of your next steps, contact your Guild Education Coach!