Not all WES credential evaluation applications need translations. If yours does, this post explains why we might be asking you for translated documents. It will also explain the guidelines for sending them.
Translations supplement required documents. They facilitate the evaluation process and help to ensure the accuracy and high quality of our reports.
When Does WES Need Translations?
WES U.S. requires translations of documents issued in languages other than English. WES Canada requires English- or French-language translations of documents issued in languages other than English or French.
Because WES does not offer translation services, applicants must obtain word-for-word translations from either their academic institutions or a professional translation agency.
WES cannot accept English- or French-language versions of the documents in place of a translation. We require an independently translated version of the original documentation.
Why Do Translators Need Official Documents?
Unofficial documents or student copies might not correspond exactly to the official documents. That is why applicants should make sure that their translator has official documents to translate.
We recommend requesting from your institution a sealed envelope of documents to send to WES, in addition to a separate sealed envelope of documents for the translator.
WES requires a full record of all courses of study for a given credential. Translations must also reflect the full record of all courses of study for a given credential.
Additionally, WES requires translations that are:
- Exact, word-for-word. All text in the original language must be accurately translated into English or French.
- Clear and legible. Our evaluators need to read all translated course titles and grades, as well as information about the institution and the applicant.
- Completed by a professional translator. This person might be from a university, certified translation agency, or any other professional translation service.
WES cannot accept the following:
- Handwritten translations
- Translations of photocopies
- Translations completed by the applicants themselves
- Incomplete translations
- Original translations
- Applicants must send us photocopies, since we are not able to return original documents.
Unlike our requirements for most official documents, translations do not need to be sent to WES in a sealed envelope. Applicants can send translations themselves (unless stated otherwise on the Required Documents page for their country of education).
For more information about our required documents and credential evaluation process, visit our Help Center.