Evaluation of College Credit Earned Outside the U.S.

Earn ECC credit for the academic work you did in another country.

If you’ve earned college credit outside the United States, you may be able to apply those credits toward your requirements at Elgin Community College—but first, your foreign credentials need to be evaluated by a professional agency. Here are the steps to take:

  • Choose an evaluation agency.
  • Your transcript must be translated by a certified translator before submitting for evaluation.
  • Choose one of the following companies to do your evaluation. You may choose to have your evaluation done by another company as long as it is accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®).
    1. Educational credential evaluators (ECE)
    2. Educational perspectives 
    3. World education services (WES) - *recommended for health professions degree programs.

Evaluation Process


The evaluation service will analyze every college course you’ve completed and give it a U.S. title, semester credits, and a grade.

When you receive the documentation from the evaluation company, bring it to the Registration & Records Office. We need a separate evaluation for each course you’re planning to transfer to ECC.

Our review will take about a week. When it’s complete, we will notify you through your ECC student email account and explain how to access the results through the accessECC portal. Need log in help? View login instructions.

Acceptance of transfer credit is subject to approval of the ECC department offering similar courses.