All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a professional evaluation and an official transcript, including an English translation if it is not in English, and course descriptions or syllabi. It is the student’s responsibility to procure this evaluation and to assume financial responsibility for it. An exception to this requirement is an exchange agreement between SMU and a foreign institution which is modeled after the U.S. education system.

    Because of the importance of this information, SMU only accepts evaluations from the following agencies of proven reliability:

    International Education Evaluations
    Dallas Intake Location
    4925 Greenville Ave.
    Suite 200
    Dallas, TX 75206
    Telephone: 704-772-0109 
    World Education Services, Inc.

    PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    Telephone: 212-966-6311
    Toll Free: 1-800-937-3895

    International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    PO Box 2585
    Denton, TX 76202-2585
    Telephone: 940-383-7498
    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    7101 SW 102 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Telephone: 305-273-1616
    Fax: 305-273-1338

    The above services’ evaluations should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the home country and is generally considered to offer at least the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should include an explanation of the credits, the grading system and course levels, as well as a course-by-course evaluation.

    The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and is likely to be accepted by other academic institutions, employers and state licensing boards. However, the report is not binding to SMU and it will be considered a recommendation for SMU’s independent decision of the credit to be given. Information and applications from the agencies are available online. For more information, see the contact information below.

Phone:  972-473-3402
Fax:      972-473-3425

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