Josef Silney & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants

  Study Abroad Evaluations




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Frequently Asked Questions


While our company already evaluates study completed in study abroad programs in foreign countries, we also provide a preliminary evaluation for students attending a U.S. college or university who are considering a study abroad program, but want to know in advance if the study completed abroad is equivalent to completion of courses at regionally accredited institutions of higher education in the United States. Prior to requesting such an evaluation, the applicant needs to understand that while we provide a preliminary evaluation, the U.S. college or university will make the final determination whether this study will be transferred. It is therefore recommended, that you submit our completed preliminary evaluation to your study abroad office and receive an approval before you enroll in the study abroad program.

Our evaluation of a one- or two-semester study abroad program will provide the following information:

1)     If the foreign institution you plan to attend is an accredited degree-granting institution of higher education in the foreign country.

2)     If the courses you intend to take are equivalent to undergraduate or graduate study at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States.

3)     It will list the courses you plan to take and the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours for each course.

4)     A statement whether upon successful completion of these courses, this study is or is not equivalent to study at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States.

The cost for each study abroad program evaluation is $150. Each extra evaluation report is $20.00.  Please note that all fees are subject to change without notice. Please download the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials (Download application). Request the course-by-course evaluation and include a letter advising us that this preliminary evaluation is of courses you plan to take in a study abroad program. Be sure to include either a brochure in English on the specific foreign institution you plan to attend or its website in English. We also require a list of the specific courses you intend to take, including credits or hours of instruction.

If you do enroll in this study abroad program and successfully complete it, you may want to request a final evaluation. You will need to submit a new application form, the evaluation fee of $150 and an official original academic transcript listing courses taken, credits or hours of instruction and grades.

Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.