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Admissions Requirements for Students Educated Outside the United States

Applicants educated outside of the United States are required to submit transcript evaluation(s) and translation(s) for each post-secondary school attended, and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

Who must submit a foreign transcript evaluation and translation?

The scenarios below require official foreign transcripts to be evaluated by a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agency. Transcripts and additional documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation. CUNY Document Translation Guidelines (PDF).

  • Applicants who have attended post-secondary schools outside of the United States and are currently studying in the United States on a non-immigrant (temporary) status. We define applicants in this case as international students*. If a Student Visa is needed, click on need a Student Visa for instructions.
  • Applicants studying in the United States on an immigrant status (permanent resident) or who are Naturalized Citizens and completed all or part of their education outside of the United States.
  • Applicants who have participated in a study abroad program.

Evaluations must include the:

  • course-by-course evaluation with grade point average (GPA)
  • degree evaluation, which must be equivalent to a United States Bachelor's Degree
  • notarized English translation for documents in languages other than English
  • copy of the official transcript in the original language submitted to the evaluation service

Preferred evaluation agencies:

Evaluations and translations should be completed 8-10 weeks prior to the deadline.

We accept foreign credit evaluations from the preferred agencies listed below or you may use an agency that is currently a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Evaluation Service Translate Evaluate Authenticate
Academic Evaluation Services, Inc. Y Y Y
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. N Y Y
SpanTran: The Evaluation Company Y Y Y
World Education Services Y Y Y

Please note: We do not  accept evaluations from Globe Evaluation Services or Globe Language Services.

TOELF and IELTS

TOEFL or IELTS may be required for applicants who fit one or both descriptions below. The scores should not be more than 2 years old.  The minimum TOEFL score is 500 (paper based), 61 (internet Based) and the minimum Academic IELTS score is 6.  For more information, select the TOEFL or IELTS

  • ¬†Applicants who have submit academic records from a non-English speaking country.
  • *International Students