Statement of Policy
To be considered for credit by Excelsior College, academic work from countries other than the United States must be degree-level study completed at an approved university or university-parallel institution. An approved university is one that has been officially recognized as degree granting or diploma granting by the regulating agency for higher education in the country in which the institution is located. Often this agency is either the national ministry of education or national department of education. Courses taken at postsecondary institutions without this status will not be considered for credit, unless they have been accepted by an approved institution and favorably reviewed using the Excelsior College Extra Institutional Learning policy.
Students submitting transcripts from post-secondary institutions outside the United States must forward their official documents to an evaluation agency recommended by Excelsior College for evaluating and interpreting international credentials. International transcripts should not be submitted directly to Excelsior College. All evaluation agencies charge a fee for their services.
The evaluating agency makes recommendations to Excelsior College about the accreditation status of the international post-secondary institution, the amount of credit to be granted, courses to which the study is equivalent in the United States, and the degree status of students. In general, international institutions which are recognized by the regulating agency for higher education in the respective countries are considered to be equivalent to regionally accredited institutions in the United States.
Students who have already received a post-secondary degree from an international institution which is recognized by the evaluating agency as comparable to an accredited institution in the United States are subject to the College policies on second and third degrees.
There are international institutions from which Excelsior College will accept official transcripts directly, without requiring students to go through a foreign credential evaluator (see the publication Transcripts Accepted Directly From Institutions Outside the US and US Territories (PDF).
Students with credentials from international programs may submit their credentials to Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Nursing students with credentials from international nursing programs may submit their credentials to the International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for evaluation as well as ECE.
A. Students who plan to submit international transcripts for evaluation should visit the Excelsior College Web site prior to enrolling to obtain current information about the evaluation agencies' (ECE, CGFNS, ICD) services, fees and type of evaluation report required i.e., Subject Analysis from ECE, or a Course-by-Course Evaluation Report from ICD.
B. Nursing and technology students must have official catalog descriptions or the official syllabi of study submitted for all courses to be applied toward the professional component and any other core requirements in the arts and sciences. Students in the baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts must submit descriptions for any courses to be applied toward a major. Other course descriptions or syllabi may be requested when necessary.
C. When credit from an institution outside the U.S. appears on the transcript of a college/university from which we accept credit directly:
- The advisor will verify through SIS whether or not Excelsior has awarded credit for this study previously.
- Credit can be awarded if Excelsior has not previously granted credit but ECE verifies that it is degree-level and from an approved university or university-parallel institution, credit can be awarded.
- In both cases the advisor will update SIS directly or send an email to SISHELP.
D. If the foreign credit is listed on the transcript of a college/university from which we accept credit directly but ECE or ICD cannot verify that the program is a university-parallel program then the extra-institutional learning appeal can be initiated. Credit will be awarded if the appeal is approved by the Advising Council.
E. Students will be required to submit evaluations from ECE, ICD, or CGFNS (nursing students only) at the time the student submits an application to Excelsior College. Once the preliminary review has been completed using an evaluation from ECE, ICD, or CGFNS, a student will not be able to submit an evaluation from one of the other approved foreign credentials agencies for the same credits.