AACRAO International Fall Symposium

The U.S. perspective on the Three-Year Bologna-Compliant Bachelor Degree

In June 1999, a group of 29 European Ministers signed the Bologna Declaration with the goal of establishing the European Area of Higher Education by 2010 and promoting the European system of higher education world-wide. Almost two decades later, graduates of the new degrees are applying to U.S. institutions and receiving mixed messages regarding their qualification for graduate study.
The U.S. position regarding the placement of graduates of the three-year Bologna-Compliant Bachelor Degree varies due to institutional autonomy and the absence of a federal body that regulates such compatibilities, equivalencies, and decisions. Join us as we explore the issues from multiple perspectives and come together to make recommendations for best practices in the U.S. admissions community to support mobility practices across the globe. 

Pre-Symposium Reading List

The Impact of Bologna and Three-year Degrees on U.S. Admissions: A Focus on Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom
(AACRAO publication included with registration fee)

AACRAO-AICE Joint Survey

AICE Symposium Report

NAFSA IEM Spotlight:  A Report on the Three-year Bologna Bachelor’s Degrees Presentation at the ENIC-NARIC Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark (Saidi-Kuehnert)

NAFSA IEM Spotlight: Evaluating Three-Year Degrees from Europe: Why this is still an Issue (Stannard)

NAFSA IEM Spotlight:Reflections on the Bologna Process (Watkins/Gottlieb)


 Time  Activity 
 9:00 - 9:30 Introductions & Structure of the Day
 9:30 - 9:40 Introduction to AACRAO Symposium
 9:40 - 11:00 Framing Panel: Placement Recommendations from Three Perspectives

1) Credential Evaluation Agencies

The panel of credential evaluation agencies will provide an overview of how their agency shapes their evaluation methodology based on their philosophical approach to the evaluation of the first cycle bologna compliant degree and whether this has changed over time. The panel will frame the approach of the evaluation of the first cycle degrees in four distinct systems: Norway, Netherlands, Italy and France. The panel will also discuss if the purpose of the evaluation, i.e., further education or immigration, determines the language used in the report produced. 

Margit Schatzman - ECE
Kate Freeman - SpanTran
Aleks Morawski - Foreign Credits

2) Institutional - Admissions
The panel of admissions officers from different types of institutions will detail their admissions policies for applicants holding a first cycle bologna compliant degree and provide a historical overview of how that policy was established over time. In addition, the panel will discuss both the realities and challenges that are faced in carrying out their policy in the admissions office and throughout campus. 


Robert Watkins - University of Texas, Austin
Jeannine Bell - University of Colorado, Boulder
Elizabeth Spark - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3) Employment/ Immigration
This panel will explore the interplay between placement recommendations, evaluation, and immigration decisions, and how that interplay impacts post-graduate employment-based visa opportunities.

Nancy Katz - Evaluation Service, Inc.
Lynn Shotwell - Council for Global Immigration

 Time  Activity 
 11:00 - 2:00 Group Work - Includes working lunch
 2:00 - 3:30 Reporting Out from Group Work
 3:30 - 4:00 Wrap Up & Next Steps