Credit for Foreign Educational Institutional Coursework

Students who wish to transfer college credits from foreign colleges and universities to Southwestern Michigan College must have their foreign transcripts and credentials evaluated by an independent international credential evaluation service. Credential evaluation means converting foreign academic credentials into their U.S. educational equivalents. The service companies listed below produce individualized, written reports describing each certificate, diploma or degree you have earned, including details of individual courses and credits, and specify the U.S. equivalents. Southwestern Michigan College does not perform its own credit evaluations of foreign transcripts. (Some exceptions apply for institutions affiliated with Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.)

The following services are recommended. These services charge a fee for the credit evaluations. It is important to request a “course by course” evaluation rather than a “document by document” evaluation. This enables SMC to transfer individual course credits.

WES World Education Service, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Tel: 212-966-6311, 800-937-3895
Fax: 212-739-6100

ECU Educational Credit Evaluators
P. O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Tel: 414-289-3400
Fax: 414-289-3411

AACRAO Office of International Education Services (OIES)
Tel: 202-296-3359

IERF International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Tel: 310-258-9451

Credential evaluations should be forwarded directly from the credential evaluation service to SMC: Southwestern Michigan College, Records office, 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047.