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What Our Members Say About EDGE

"AACRAO Edge is a resource I access daily in evaluating international educational credentials. The online platform has proven to be essential to allow for ongoing credential evaluation, whether you are working remotely from home or in your office. Country profiles and sample documents are regularly updated and made readily available. I would highly recommend purchasing this resource if you are evaluating foreign educational credentials."

– Karee Head, International Admissions Specialist, University of Idaho

"As a recently anointed “Senior” level international credential evaluator with ACEI, I have found EDGE an incredibly helpful resource. The EDGE country profile overviews and credential advice have been instrumental in my training. I refer to EDGE frequently and find the information I need. Also, the PDF versions of the print publications of World Education Series are a plus for anyone who doesn’t have access to them. Though at ACEI we have the print publications, it’s nice to know that digital copies are available which come in handy especially now when we are working remotely and don’t have access to the physical library at our office."

– Yaixa Rodriguez, Senior International Credential Evaluator, Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc.

"I joined the credentialing world in 2015 and AACRAO Edge, from day one, has been essential to my work in a variety of ways from developing institutional policy to training staff for consistent credential practices. Evaluating foreign credentials is complex, multifaceted, and at times can make one feel as though they are a detective searching for clues to a puzzle. AACRAO Edge lends assistance in this process by providing guidelines and support that help professionals connect all the puzzle pieces together."

– Amanda Holder, Assistant Director of International Graduate Admissions, IUPUI


AACRAO EDGE, the Electronic Database for Global Education, has been the leading US resource for evaluating foreign educational credentials for more than 15 years.

EDGE provides valuable information that supports institutional decision-making in international recruitment, admissions, academic placement and the evaluation of international transfer credit.

The information in EDGE is extensively researched by professional evaluators using primary sources from each country. Grading scale translations and placement recommendations are vetted by the International Education Standards Council (IESC) and represent the consensus expert opinion in the U.S.

Each profile includes:

  • An overview of each country's educational system
  • An educational ladder detailing the common educational pathways
  • Common grading scales used within the country with US conversions
  • Academic credentials and placement recommendations for US placement
  • Institution lists, verification resources
  • Glossary of educational terms
  • ...and more

AACRAO recognizes and honors Dr. William Paver of UT Austin and Foreign Credentials Services of America for his contribution to the field of international education through the development of The Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE). Dr. Paver oversaw development of the initial software and content framework and organized a team to create the EDGE Database. The original team, which also comprised the first iteration of the International Education Standards Council (IESC), consisted of Gloria Nathanson of UCLA, Robert Watkins of UT Austin, Johnny Johnson of Monterey Peninsula College, and Dale Gough from AACRAO. In coordination with experienced professionals in international education and AACRAO staff members, this group developed the initial profiles with generous support from The Paver Family Foundation, which maintained and funded the project through its development. AACRAO appreciates the work of Dr. Paver and those who shaped EDGE and gives particular thanks to the Paver Family Foundation.

Professional Degrees Update

AACRAO EDGE is pleased to announce a new project consolidating information on the First Professional Degrees in Law in educational systems from around the globe. We will update the information for each of these degrees in Law in EDGE on an ongoing basis, with advice included within each appropriate credential(s). The systems for Law differ around the world, with many different models used to teach this subject. Some immediately follow secondary school, while others require a post-secondary degree to gain access to the program -- this type of information can be very useful when trying to understand the degree the student is presenting.

We aim to have a steady stream of information, so keep an eye out for the next batch of credentials -- we'll send out email notices and alert you on the AACRAO EDGE home page.

Please note: the academic credentials documented during this project may not ultimately allow the holder to practice unless they are also appropriately licensed. Licensure requirements can vary within a country and are not included here. Licensure benefits do not transfer from one location to another. AACRAO EDGE does not address the licensure requirements for any regulated profession, including for Law.

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