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The Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI) was incorporated in the State of California in 1994. ACEI is a Charter and Endorsed Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), a not-for-profit professional association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that approves and endorsed private credential evaluation services in the U.S.



ACEI is dedicated to the advancement of international academic exchange and understanding through the dissemination of information on world educational systems and evaluation of international educational credentials.

ACEI works closely with U.S. colleges and universities, Professional State Licensing Boards, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Immigration Division) and the Human Resource Departments of several U.S. corporations with the evaluation and verification of international educational credentials. ACEI’s professional services are also applicable to institutions of higher education, government agencies and multinational corporations outside the U.S. that require assistance and information on education systems, credentials and evaluation methodology.

Our organization is actively involved in the training and professional development of practitioners at institutions of higher education, professional licensing and examining boards, and agencies engaged in recruitment, advising, and placement of international students in the U.S. and around the globe on matters concerning world educational systems, credential evaluation, diploma mills, and detecting document fraud.

Evaluation Philosophy


With a combined total of more than eighty years of experience in international education coupled with a comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. system of education, ACEI’s professional team of credential evaluators and counselors are engaged in all aspects of international educational exchange and participate in the activities of major organizations in the field. Their diverse backgrounds, knowledge of international languages, and overseas experiences contribute to the overall success of ACEI.


ACEI’s evaluations and the U.S. educational equivalencies recommended in ACEI evaluation reports are determined in accordance with established guidelines and represent the considered judgments of qualified evaluators. As Charter and Endorsed Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, ACEI adheres to the approved Standards and Best Practices established by the Association. For information on the Standards and Best Practices for International Credential Evaluations, please visit the Association’s website at www.aice-eval.org.


  • ACEI evaluation reports, before issued and released to the applicant and third party, are each reviewed for accuracy and consistency by a team of senior evaluators serving on the ACEI Evaluation Review Committee. ACEI evaluation reports are advisory and not binding on any institution, agency or third party.



The ACEI library has a complete set of published historical and current reference materials needed for evaluation of international educational credentials. ACEI also has a robust digital library with subscriptions to a number of recognized platforms for information on world education systems.  In addition, ACEI library includes in its archives, samples of hundreds of thousands of educational credentials from various institutions abroad, catalogs and prospectus from academic institutions throughout the world, and sample syllabi/course descriptions, which are periodically up-dated.


ACEI’s team of evaluators have contributed to a series of publications on world educational systems sponsored by AACRAO and NAFSA as well as AICE that are used as sources of reference by other professionals in the industry.


ACEI has developed and continues to update a proprietary-based International Database of Educational Systems (IDES). This Database offers the ACEI evaluating team immediate access to educational systems, credentials and verification of institution status to assure continuous consistency in evaluation reports.


ACEI also subscribes to AACRAO EDGE (Electronic Database on Global Education) Database; a web-based resource for the evaluation of international educational credentials.

Professional Affiliations

Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)
www.aice-eval.org ACEI is a Charter and Endorsed Member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), a not- for-profit membership association and recognizing body for foreign education credential evaluation services and entities based in the United States of America. AICE serves to maintain professional standards for private credential evaluation services.

The Groningen Declaration Network

Association of International Education Administrators

European Association of International Educators

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals


China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC)
On April 3, 2013, ACEI signed a Cooperative Agreement with CDGDC, a non-profit organization with the independent qualification of legal entity directly under the joint leadership of Ministry of Education and the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council (ADCSC). Authorized by the Chinese government, CDGDC started its qualifications verification work in 2000. For meeting the demands of Chinese studying abroad, CDGDC began to verify the results of General Examination for Senior High School Graduation and National College Entrance Examination in 2006 and Graduation Certificate of Secondary Vocational School in 2008 respectively.

Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges (CGACC)
CGACC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping the nation’s 1200 community colleges become more internationalized by promoting what the colleges have to offer students beyond the continental United States. Together, ACEI and CGACC work together to bring international awareness and appreciation for U.S. community colleges through workshops, seminars, country and site visits, and embracing global initiatives.

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iTEP International
ACEI has entered into partnership with iTEP International on a number of projects to better serve the international student and immigrant community.


a) The Welcome Project© is a joint endeavor between ACEI and iTEP International offering individuals classified as refugees assistance with the evaluation of their academic credentials for U.S. educational equivalence and determine their English language proficiency through an approved language assessment test. The Welcome Project© combines both the international credential evaluation and English language proficiency testing to assist individuals at the onset of their resettlement in the U.S.

These individuals will be able to receive recognition of their educational achievements and language competency. Such recognition will enable them to integrate into their new adopted community much faster as they set out to pursue employment opportunities and further their education. For more information on how you can participate in The Welcome Project©, please contact ACEI at acei@acei-global.org or click here:


b) English Proficiency Test – In addition, iTEP’s partnership with ACEI enables international candidates to sit for a custom, co-branded ACEI-iTEP Business Exam, or iTEP’s flagship iTEP Academic exam. These testing options will be available at iTEP’s more than 700 test centers around the world for use by ACEI’s academic and professional partners in evaluating the English skills of applicants. For more information, click here

Language Clarity Translations
ACEI is proud to partner with Language Clarity Translations to provide high-quality translations of academic and related documents in all major Languages.

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Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
ACEI is proud to announce its partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) through the publication of the ACEI’s Advisory Services ‘Program/Curriculum Review’ 2018 Report, which provides detailed analysis of four of SQA’s Advanced Qualifications. The report, based on ACEI’s key principles in international credential/program evaluation, gives higher education institutions in the United States a better understanding of the value of SQA qualifications, the caliber of those who have achieved them, and how they compare with programs of study offered in universities and colleges across the United States. For more information on the Scottish Qualifications Authority, click here.


I have known ACEI for the past two decades when I was with CSU Dominguez Hills and now with CGACC. I have recommended ACEI to our member colleges. Professionalism, dependability, and accuracy are just a few adjectives that describe ACEI’s work. Over the years many of our member colleges have depended on ACEI’s expertise in reviewing foreign credentials and its recommendations on U.S. equivalencies. ACEI is innovative in the use of technology to make information accessible to client colleges. Our colleges are so confident of ACEI’s work that they have printed ACEI’s address in their application and brochure.

Zepur Solakian

Executive Director, Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges

Here at the Center for Advanced Studies, Japan, we manage the Japanese equivalent of an American community college in Tokyo and have numerous articulation agreements in place with American colleges and universities. Since many American schools are not familiar with such schools abroad, the first and essential step towards having our course work recognized for transfer credit is to have an independent and trustworthy transcript evaluation done by a reputable and reliable organization like ACEI.

Dirk Binder


When dealing with the eligibility of our elite student-athletes, USC needed a company with a stellar reputation for international credential evaluation. We talk to numerous knowledgeable people on our campus and all of them agreed that ACEI was the only company we could trust.

— Donna C. Heinel, Ed.D. University of Southern California —

I just got the documents yesterday. I am truly impressed with your efficiency and fantastic assistance. During the process, you have been very helpful and patient. Many thanks again for all your prompt response and your professional support. I know that it will have a significant impact on my life for years to come. Once again, thank you for your time. I wish you the very best in the coming year.

Hoi Chu C. (China)

I just wanted to inform you that I contacted the University as you had recommended and based on the evaluation of my Bachelor’s degree which you completed, I am not required to repeat any undergraduate courses and can enter into their Master’s program directly. Isn’t that beautiful? I was so happy to hear that. Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I would have never been able to make this happen without your help ACEI!

Rohit B. (India)

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Cynthia N. (Guatemala)

Thank for your help and thoroughness. The evaluation you prepared for my client was accepted by ICE and he’ll be able to start his employment. You did a great job!


M. Attorney (California)

I just received my evaluation copy (the official you’d sent to the University in the U.S.). I’m so glad that you recognized the credit from my college back in the Philippines. Right now I’m very close to get my Bachelor’s degree and your evaluation will help me complete my requirements sooner. I’ll definitely recommend ACEI to all my friends and relatives for transcript evaluation. Again, thanks a lot for your help.


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I want to take the time to thank you for your superb service. It is always easier to complain, but in general we don’t take the time to say positive things to people or organizations. Your company has been amazing from the very start. You have shown your professionalism in all aspects of the evaluation process. You do what you say, and you say what you do. The way you contacted me promptly by phone, the kindness of Nora who spoke with me, the time you took to do my evaluation, and the way you presented it were amazing!! I received a message yesterday giving me all the information I needed for the DHL delivery. The clear voice and clear information left on my phone message center were greatly appreciated. The delivery was on target. For the purposes needed, the money it cost me was well spent. Thank you again and I commend you for being such a professional organization and the services rendered. You the best all the way around, and I truly thank you. Doing business with you has been a great experience!

Veronique C. (France)

Thank you for doing a great job on my evaluation! I have recommended you to a few people already. the paper you use is university transcript quality and makes it very legitimate and fits in well with all my transcripts. Thank you very much.

Priya K. (Canada)

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Talya P. (Russia)

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— Kyung H. (Korea) —

Dear ACEI, I received my evaluation and want to thank you for all your help. I am so appreciative for all the things that you did for me.

Katya S. (Ukraine)

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your time and assistance. I thank God for sending you my way and making you an instrument to help me in the processing of my transcripts and evaluation. God bless you.

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