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National Information Centres

United States Network for Education Information (USNEI) / U.S. ENIC
U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8401


IMPORTANT: The U.S. ENIC does not evaluate academic or professional credentials. See below: “Policies and Procedures for the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications”.


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Phone: Submit all inquiries via email.
Fax: +1 202-401-2508
E-mail: rafael.nevarez@ed.gov
Web Site: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/edlite-index.html
Contact person: Rafael M. Nevárez, International Education Specialist

National education bodies

United States Department of Education (ED)

The Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Link(s): English
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
United States Department of State

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world. It offers a variety of grant programs the promote international exchange, and its EducationUSA resource provides information on studying in the United States.

Link(s): English
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organisations.

Link(s): English

System of education

Organisation of U.S. Education
Link(s): English
Structure of U.S. Education

University education


The United States has a single, comprehensive higher education system. It is not divided into university and non-university sub-sectors. The following links provide information about degree-granting institutions of higher education.

U.S. Institutions and Programs
Link(s): English
Organisation of Tertiary Institutions
State Role in Governing Tertiary Education
Structure of U.S. Education

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Accreditation in the United States

Post-secondary non-university education


The United States has a variety of education and training providers offering non-degree programs at the postsecondary level. The following links provide information about them.

Organisation of Tertiary Institutions
State Role in Governing Tertiary Education
Career and Technical Qualifications

Recognised higher education institutions


Quality assurance is administered by non-governmental accrediting agencies which are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  These accreditation agencies must meet required standards and implement required policies and procedures, regardless of whether the agency is regional, national or programmatic (specialized). The following links provide information about accredited institutions and the accrediting process.  For complete information about accredited institutions, consult the accreditation agency's website.

CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs (including overseas institutions and programs)
Link(s): English
U.S. Department of Education Directory (only domestic institutions and programs)
Link(s): English
Accreditation and Quality Assurance (comprehensive information on process and authorities)
Link(s): English
Diploma Mills and Fraud (detailed information for avoiding unrecognised providers) (Word document)
Link(s): English

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications


IMPORTANT: The U.S. ENIC (U.S. Department of Education) does not evaluate/validate academic or professional credentials. Please do not submit requests for such evaluations; however, feel free to contact the U.S. ENIC regarding other inquiries. See below for general information on policies and procedures for the recognition of foreign credentials.

Recognition of Foreign Qualifications (general information)
Link(s): English
Information on how foreign credits, certificates, diplomas and degrees are recognised in the United States, and links to web sites with directories of credential evaluation services
Link(s): English
Recognition Information for Persons Seeking to Study in the United States
Recognition Information for Persons Seeking to Work in the United States
Professional Recognition (information about licensed professions)

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Qualifications Framework

Framework

Note: The United States does not have a National Qualifications Framework.

Self Evaluation Report


No link is available at this time

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Statement(s)

The Diploma Supplement is not a feature of U.S. higher education

U.S. higher education institutions that admit European students are aware of the Diploma Supplement, as are U.S. credential evaluation services. The Diploma Supplement is not a feature of U.S. higher education and has not been adopted in the United States. However, some U.S. institutions may - at their discretion and upon request - supply a version of the Diploma Supplement to students or graduates who seek to study within the European Higher Education Area. This is not a requirement and is purely voluntary. There exists no law or authority in the decentralized U.S. higher education system that can mandate such a document or policy.

Chart of national higher education structure

Map of the U.S. Education System

Link(s): English