LESSON

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Does My Degree Translate Here in the US

Estimated Time to Completion: 

3 hours

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The unfortunate part is that “there is no single authority in the United States for the recognition of foreign degrees and other qualifications.” If you have an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science from a well-respected foreign university and several years of successful professional experience, you have a pretty good chance of getting your degree recognized in the US.


There are credential evaluation services that can evaluate your degrees and courses that you took in your home country and certify whether it is equivalent to a U.S. degree. Once it is certified, you can use your foreign degree, be it Bachelor, Master or Ph.D. to work as if you have a correspondent U.S. degree.


There are exceptions though. In medicine and law, you have to re-study in the U.S., or you can study yourself and pass the professional exams before you can work in those fields.

Here are two credential associations to look into:


National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) is an association of 19 credential evaluation services with admission standards and an eforced code of good practice.


Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) is an association of 10 credential evlaution services with a board of advisors and an enforced code of ethics.


Downsides:

  • Credential evaluations can cost money

  • Getting your degree credentialized is only a small part of the job selection process


Sitting through special assessment examinations is another way to acquire U.S. degree equivalency for your foreign bachelor’s degree. There are a ton of recognized university-level equivalency examinations out there, two of the most popular ones include the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI).


At the end of these exams, you gain points or credits which can be utilized in validating a foreign bachelor’s degree or any degree at all for use within the US.


College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS) provides equivalency recommendations to higher education institutions and employers.


College Level Education Program (CLEP) provides examination-based recommendations for academic credit at the undergraduate level that are accepted by many higher education institutions.


Both of these services evaluate and recommend undergraduate credit.  The award of graduate credit cannot be obtained for work experience or alternative qualifications.


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PROJECT: 

Check out at least one degree credential service or special assessment and see if it is right for you.

QUIZ: 

There are so many types of jobs out there, that sometimes it is difficult to figure out where to start. In the next lesson, we will cover all the different types of categories of employment available in the US. I can guarantee you that we have some jobs on here that you haven’t heard of!