How to Get Your Indian Degree Evaluated
Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | by Raman Solanki
Raman Solanki is a WES Ambassador who is now pursuing his master’s degree at Harvard Extension School. WES provided an equivalency report for his Indian degree, which helped him pursue his academic goals in the U.S.
Below, he shares his experience of applying for a credential evaluation through WES.
You may have been in the same position I was in—of needing to get your Indian degree evaluated—or perhaps you are in that position now. This blog post explains how I applied for a Course-by-Course credential evaluation and got my three-year Indian bachelor’s degree evaluated through WES. I hope you find the story of my credential evaluation experience useful.
Is It Difficult to Complete a Credential Evaluation?
Getting an Indian degree evaluated through WES is pretty straightforward. You must first complete an online application and then you must carefully follow WES’ document requirements.
The institution where you earned your degree must send your official documents directly to WES. Many Indian institutions have a designated office at the registrar that handles document requests in a timely, professional manner; however, many others do not.
How Do You Send Documents to WES?
Your school must place your documents in a sealed envelope along with a copy of your final or provisional degree certificate. Then, the institute’s appropriate authentication officer must stamp or sign the envelope’s back flap.
It’s important to follow all of the necessary steps to prove that you are sending official documents (and no one has tampered with them in any way). The only way to do this is by correctly displaying an official seal or signature across the back flap of the envelope.
Finally, you must be sure to include your reference number on the outside of any envelope that you submit. WES provides every applicant with a unique reference number once they complete their application.
In the past, only the institution could send this sealed envelope to WES. However, India-educated applicants can now send their documents directly to WES (in most cases).
Note: WES is working with institutions around the world to enable the secure electronic transmission of files. If you would like the institution from which you earned your credential to submit your documents electronically, please have them use the Contact Us form.
The first step is to Start an Account. Then, complete your application and keep a copy of your reference number. Otherwise, you will be unable to start sending your documents to WES.
Does WES Evaluate Credentials from All Schools in India?
There are many Indian institutes for Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha indigenous medical systems, which currently cannot be evaluated by WES. If possible, find out if your school or program is eligible before completing an application or sending your documents. You can start here.
For more information about the documents you will need to send to complete your evaluation, click here.
Pursuing a credential evaluation might seem complicated at first. However, I found WES’ services to be easy and straightforward.
WES has been a vital part of my education. Without WES, I would not be where I am today. WES is indeed a lifesaver.
Ready to evaluate your Indian degree?