World Education Services

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World Education Services
Founded 1974
Type Nonprofit
  • United States, Canada
Services Credential Evaluations
Fields Education
Employees 50-200
Website Official website

World Education Services (WES) is a nonprofit organization that provides credential evaluations for international students and immigrants planning to study or work in the U.S. and Canada.[1] Founded in 1974, it is based in New York City and Toronto.

WES evaluates approximately 75,000 credentials per year and has completed more than 750,000 evaluations since it was founded, making it the largest credential evaluator in North America.[2] By authenticating and explaining foreign education in U.S. or Canadian terms, WES reports allow employers, professional licensing boards and academic institutions to make informed decisions regarding their foreign-educated candidates.[3]

WES's proprietary database contains information on the education systems of more than 200 countries, 45,000 foreign institutions, 20,000 academic credentials, and 2,500 grading scales.

WES is accredited by and is a charter member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)[4] and a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).[5] The U.S. Department of Education's website lists NACES as one of two foreign credential accrediting agencies in the country.[6]

WES works with thousands of universities and colleges, providing credential evaluations, academic research and workshops on credential evaluation methods, country specific presentations, and international student recruitment.[7]


The mission of World Education Services is to foster the integration of persons educated in foreign countries into academic and professional settings.[8]


WES Free Degree Equivalency: An online tool that shows how university degrees earned in other countries compare to U.S. or Canadian degrees. This information helps the user determine eligibility for immigration, employment or higher education.[9]

WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP): A WES service that sends verified transcripts and an evaluation report to academic institutions in one package. WES also stores the documents and information indefinitely for future academic or professional use.[10]

WES International Grade Point Average (IGPA) Calculator: A free online tool that calculates international grades from over 140 countries into the 4.0 GPA scale commonly used in the U.S.[11]

World Education News & Reviews: WENR is a monthly newsletter for professionals in international education. It includes a collection of main documents, articles, country updates and a glossary.[12]


Global Talent Bridge: Global Talent Bridge helps skilled immigrants utilize their talents and education in the U.S. and provides technical assistance and resources to organizations that advise highly qualified immigrants.[13]

WES Research & Advisory Services: WES Research and Advisory Services offers research-based consulting to higher education institutions. Research focuses on student mobility, international enrollment, and transnational education. [14]

WES Student Advisor: A free resource for international students planning to study in the U.S. or Canada. It includes an active blog and free webinars co-presented by admissions professionals and current international students.[15]

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