Bachelor's Degree Evaluation


There are different academic credentials and requirements for a student to obtain a post-secondary degree within each country. For example, in the UK, students study for 13 years before applying to university, after which they undergo 3 years of study to accumulate 360 CATS credits at Level 1, 2 and 3. The difference in length between the degrees is due to how the degrees are structured and has little to do with the quality of the degree. UK Bachelor Degrees are considered equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s Degrees.

The UK recognizes the Indian Bachelor’s Degree as equivalent to a three year UK Bachelor’s Degree. Students usually have 12 years of pre-university education, and then three years of post-secondary education. Similar to British A Levels, students in India take exiting exams such as the Standard XII to obtain admission to universities. Although post-secondary education is 12 years, one year less than in the U.S., students in India must complete 2880 hours for a Bachelor’s Degree. In the U.S., students only have to complete 1800 hours with 120 credits. This demonstrates the fulfillment of requirements of the Indian Bachelor’s Degree to the U.S. Bachelor’s Degree. The USCIS does not currently recognize the three year Indian Bachelor's Degree as being equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.

In Canada, Bachelor’s Degrees can take three to four years to complete depending on the type of program and school. In most cases, three years is considered sufficient for a Bachelor’s Degree. Students may study an extra year to focus on a specific area of study, earning them an Honours Bachelor’s Degree. This allows students to enroll in U.S. graduate programs. 

Diplomadesk assesses post-secondary degrees obtained anywhere outside the U.S. and determines whether the degrees and requirements meet the standards of the U.S. Bachelor’s Degree.

List of documents needed:

  • Copies of secondary school certificates and transcripts
  • Copies of undergraduate degrees and transcripts
  • Clear photocopy or scanned copy of original academic documentation.
  • Statement certifying the accuracy and authenticity of documents (see sample statement here - Link).

All copies of academic documentation submitted for evaluation become the property of Diplomadesk.

Translation

  • If documents are not in English, client must submit clear and legible copies of legalized translations of all Diplomas, Transcripts and/or Certificates.
  • Signed certification of translator (either original or photocopy). See sample certification here (link).  Translator must be fluent in both English and the original language of the documents and should not be the applicant who needs to be evaluated. Certified translator’s signature should be notarized, according to the Laws and Regulations of the country of the origination of translation and notarization.
  • There must be copies of both the original language and translated documents. 

How to start process:

After preparing the list of documents, you can begin the evaluation process by filling out and submitting the application online - Start Your Evaluation