Seeking Admission to a School?
For international students in the U.S., most colleges and universities will require that you have an evaluation of your international educational documents. Some schools require translations of non-English documents as well. Each school may have different requirements, so it is important to find out what you need for each institution you apply to.
When applying for a job in the U.S., many employers will require an Evaluation of your international educational documents. Typically, a General Evaluation will be sufficient, but some employers may ask for an evaluation that includes more detail.
Seeking Professional Licensing?
If you are trying to become licensed professionally as a teacher, accountant, engineer, medical technologist, etc., you will most likely need an evaluation of your international educational documents. Most state licensing boards require a Full Evaluation that includes all your coursework and grade information.
Seeking a Visa?
For those considering immigration options, SDR recommends that you locate an immigration attorney or academic admissions office for help. For work visas, typically a General Evaluation will be needed, but for student visas, many times a more detailed evaluation will be required.
For General Use
If you want to be able to prove your level of education in the U.S. for a variety of purposes, SDR recommends a Full Evaluation because it will be accepted by the majority of institutions.