About FCSA

Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) was established in 1987 to help workers, employers, students and families integrate experience gained abroad with new lives in the United States.

Educational practices and standards often vary widely from one region to the next. As a result, what qualifies as a high school diploma or a bachelors degree in one location may not meet the standards embraced elsewhere. In situations where a person’s educational achievements are the single most important mark of qualification – from college/university enrollment to immigration to employment and professional certification – applicants from outside the U.S. face a significant disadvantage if those responsible for reviewing international academic credentials do not possess the specialized knowledge and experience necessary to interpret them properly.

What is a Credential Evaluation?

An academic credential evaluation is a document that describes a person’s educational background and establishes a U.S. equivalency.

Our reports explain what level of academic achievement an applicant would have been awarded had he or she completed the same number and types of classes at a comparable U.S. school.