15 Facts on Impending Closures of 40% of Universities in Russia

April 23rd, 2015 According to a recent report by University World News Global Education, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science has announced that it will be closing a number of its universities and university branches by the end of 2016. These institutions are being shut down as part of a federal plan the Russian […]

21 Facts About ACEI on its 21st Anniversary!

April 1st, 2015 Today, April 1st, ACEI celebrates turning 21! This is no April Fool’s joke. 21 years ago on this day, ACEI opened its office in Beverly Hills, CA, USA and has been providing its international credential evaluation services to students and immigrants from around the world. We thought in celebrating 21 years of […]

Time Traveling with Music

February 26th, 2015 In just the past couple of weeks, here at ACEI, we have been suddenly blessed by a flow of credentials from individuals with degrees in music. Holders of these degrees are from all corners of the world and studied at conservatories and universities from Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Italy, South Korea, to Canada. […]

The Brief Shelf Life of India’s Four-Year Bachelor’s Degree

October 16th, 2014 In India, the bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences has been typically a three-year program patterned after the British system. Here in the U.S. a few international credential evaluation professionals have been recognizing the three-year bachelor’s degree from India as equivalent to the U.S. four-year degree. At ACEI, our position has been […]

Helping Students from Conflict Zones Part I – Credentials Evaluation

October 2nd, 2014 Photo credit: www.dnaindia.com The devastating impact on education brought on by conflict, civil wars, foreign invasions and occupations, and environmental disasters is huge. Each and everyday we hear and read news reports on conflict regions around the world. Displacement of people, the disintegration of infrastructure, destruction of education structures, breakdown of school […]

Dispatches from the NAGAP Conference in San Diego, CA

May 2nd, 2014 Coronado Bridge, San Diego The 27th annual conference of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP) http://www.nagap.org is being held in downtown San Diego at the Grand Manchester Hyatt Hotel. Entrance to the exhibit hall With our President and CEO, Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert, we arrived in San Diego yesterday to a warm […]

Classification of College Courses: Demystifying Course #s and Levels

October 24th, 2013 We regularly get asked by our international student applicants what is meant by “lower division” and “upper division.” In the U.S., undergraduate degrees such as the Associate and Bachelor comprise of a select number of courses with a specific number of credits. In order to qualify for the award of these degrees, […]

International Credential Evaluation: A Matter of Trust

June 27, 2013 When I first entered the international education profession in 1982 as a junior level credential evaluator, there were less than 10 companies engaged in providing credential evaluation services. Today, there are more than 300 such companies spread across the U.S. Question that I get asked is how does one go about picking […]

Iran: Elections and Academic Credentials Under Scrutiny

June 20, 2013 As you must have heard by now, Iranians had an election last week and cast their votes in favor of Hassan Rouhani (or Rowhani), ending the eight- year term of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. What has caught my attention is not the President-elect’s victory but the news surrounding his academic qualifications, which […]

Dispatches from Paris, France

May 02, 2013 No trip to Paris is complete without a stroll alongside the Seine to take in the sights and sounds of this charming city, paired with some café lounging and people watching, museum hopping, and in my case, exploring the City of Light by tracing Hemingway’s footsteps before he cheated on her with […]