Many Indian students have questions about how U.S. universities assess their education. As a follow-up to our popular How U.S. Universities Evaluate Your 3-Year Indian Bachelor’s Degree post on where to find resources and which schools currently accept three-year Indian degrees, we created this post to answer commonly asked questions from our readers.
From credential evaluation requirements to school accreditation, read the answers to commonly asked questions about Indian degrees below.
What Is a Credential Evaluation?
Credential evaluation is a process that converts academic credentials earned in one country to their equivalency in another. The WES credential evaluation process includes the authentication of an applicant’s academic documents to ensure they are valid. WES then creates a credential evaluation report that identifies and describes the applicant’s credentials, providing their equivalency in terms of the U.S. (or Canadian) education system.
A credential evaluation report helps institutions and employers in North America understand your international education and background. And a WES credential evaluation is a valuable, trusted document because it provides verification that your credentials are authentic.
Who Needs a Credential Evaluation?
You may need a credential evaluation if you earned all or part of your education outside the U.S. A credential evaluation gives validity to your international education. You can use a credential evaluation report in multiple areas of your life, such as for school and job applications, professional licensing, volunteer positions, immigration, and more.
Which Indian Schools Are Considered Accredited by U.S. Universities?
It depends on the universities you apply to; each institution has different standards for admission. Contact the schools you are interested in to find out if there are specific admission requirements for Indian degree holders.
Many universities in the U.S. require a credential evaluation of your Indian degree. Here is how WES looks at Indian degrees:
- Each application is reviewed individually: WES refers to official authorities in India, such as the University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), and other government entities as sources for accreditation. Because each application reflects a unique educational background, there are often exceptions and additional factors to consider in an individual’s application during the evaluation process.
- Some degrees are considered equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree: Selected three-year Indian bachelor’s degrees may be considered equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree as long as they were earned in Division I, and the awarding institution is currently accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a letter grade of “A” or better.
Which Documents Do I Need for a Credential Evaluation?
As an Indian degree holder, it is very important to carefully read the required documents listed on the WES website. Depending on your level of education and which institution(s) you earned your degree from, you may need the following documents:
- University education: Final or provisional degree certificate (for example, a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctorate degree, or postgraduate diploma) and statement of marks
- State boards for technical education: Final or provisional diploma certificate and statement of marks
- State boards for general nursing and midwifery: Certificate of General Nursing and Midwifery, annual statement of marks from the nursing board, and academic transcript from the nursing school or training hospital
- Professional education (Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Cost and Work Accountants, Institution of Engineers, Institute of Company Secretaries): Certificate of Membership and statement of marks/official examination results
Please note that WES requires statement of marks to come from the university or autonomous college that awarded your degree and not the college you attended.
How Do I Send My Documents to WES?
Carefully read WES’ document requirements, and follow the instructions on how to submit your documents. Applicants educated in India must have their institutions directly mail their required documents to WES.
When communicating with WES or sending any type of correspondence, be sure to include your WES reference number.
For more helpful tips, visit our India FAQ page.
What Are Some Pathway Programs for Indian Students?
In many instances, Indian degree holders will discover that their education is only equivalent to three years of undergraduate study in the U.S. Do not let this worry you because Indian degree holders can take advantage of pathway and training programs at community colleges and universities to help bridge any educational gaps:
- Community colleges: Enrolling in a community college is one of the best ways for students without enough credentials to earn their degree and have access to higher education. Community college can also provide a way for internationally educated students to ease into familiarizing themselves with a different education system.
- Universities: Some universities provide their own pathway programs for international students. Research the universities you are interested in to see which ones provide pathway programs for international students.
- Training programs: If you need specific skills to succeed in the U.S., check out the many training programs available that help internationally trained professionals and students gain the required licensing or skill set. To get your Indian education the recognition it deserves, it is important to do your research and assess what the expectations are from universities and employers.
Apply for a credential evaluation today if you want to know how your credentials translate to the U.S. education system.
Think ahead about your educational and professional goals. You should begin the application process as early as possible to give yourself enough time to see if you need additional credentials before arriving in the U.S.
Are you interested in studying in the United States? Check out these resources from WES Advisor:
Ready to get started on your credential evaluation? Apply now.