Foreign Credential Evaluations, Inc. (FCE) evaluates credentials received from educational institutions abroad (e.g. Bachillerato, Licenciado, Master, Diplom) and compares them to diplomas and degrees from educational institutions in the United States (e.g. High School Diploma, Bachelor, Master, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Medicine).

Credentials are evaluated for law firms, universities, and employers for visas or placement in educational institutions. Credentials are also evaluated at the request of individuals for the same purposes. A course-by-course evaluation including the U.S. Grade Point Average (GPA) is provided based on submission of the appropriate documentation.

Since 1981 evaluations prepared by FCE have been accepted as authoritative by the U. S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, U. S. and Georgia Departments of Labor, medical facilities, and institutions of higher education in Georgia and other states. Membership is maintained in state, regional and national professional organizations related to credential evaluations, college admissions, and visas for persons entering the U. S. for professional positions. Also, extensive bibliographical and internet resources are kept for these purposes.

FCE evaluations adhere to the standards set forth by the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), and closely follow the credential methodology, admission guidelines and placement recommendations approved by the International Evaluation Standards Council (formerly the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the AACRAO EDGE (Electronic Database for Global Education) database, and other published sources on international and comparative education.





Beth Cotter, President, received her B.A. degree in German from Wake Forest University and her M.B.A. degree in Finance from Georgia State University. Ms. Cotter has prepared education evaluations from over 140 countries since August 1997. Ms. Cotter had eighteen years of corporate experience and eight years of teaching and educational administration experience in curriculum development at the post-secondary level prior to joining FCE. She has been a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since 1999, where she has presented at State and Regional Conferences on the following topics:

“Review of the Educational Systems of Brazil and Colombia,” 2004.
“Overview of the Educational Systems of Brazil and Colombia,” 2006.
Presenter at NAFSA Summer Admissions Institute, 2006.
“Secondary Education in Honduras and El Salvador,” 2008.
“Benchmark Credentials for Undergraduate Admissions,” 2016.
“The Credential Dr. Is In!” 2016.
“When a Transcript is Not Enough,” 2017.

Ms. Cotter has also presented for the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE):

“Benchmarks for Undergraduate Admissions,” AICE 2016 Phoenix Symposium, March 2016.
“Overview of Benchmarks for Undergraduate Admissions,” (ACEI webinar) May 2016.
“German Secondary Education Credentials,” (ACEI webinar), September 2016.
Chair for Module 3, AICE 2017 Minneapolis Symposium: “Beyond South Asia and Bologna: Three-Year Degrees from Australia, South Africa and Israel: A Summary,” March 2017.
Chair for Module 1, AICE 2018 Orlando Symposium: “Accreditation for Credential Evaluation,” March 2018.

Ms. Cotter was a contributing author to The International Guide: A Resource for International Education Professionals published by the American Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in 2016.



Carolyn Christie, International Credentials Evaluator, holds a B.A. degree in English from Furman University and M.Div. and M.C.M.M. degrees from Johnson C. Smith Seminary. Ms. Christie worked in the corporate world for over twenty years and in education for fifteen years prior to joining FCE® in 2014. She is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and served as the Secretary/Treasurer of GAIE: Georgia Association of International Educators. Ms. Christie completed the NAFSA Academy for International Educators in 2016 and presented on the following topics at the Bi-regional Conference in New Orleans in 2016:

“Benchmark Credentials for Undergraduate Admissions”
“International Transfer Credit Evaluation”

Ms. Christie also presented at the NAFSA Region VII conference in 2017 on the topic, “When a Transcript is Not Enough.”


For over 30 years Foreign Credential Evaluations, Inc.® has prepared evaluations which have been accepted as authoritative by the INS and USCIS. The credentials we evaluate represent secondary school to post-doctoral levels of education and areas of specialization such as education, engineering, law and medicine. To date we have provided over 60,000 evaluations from over 140 countries.

Each evaluation is signed by the individual who reviewed the credentials submitted. No judgments are made without the full knowledge and approval of the evaluators. The seal of the corporation assures the recipient that the judgment made on the foreign credential represents a corporate decision based on the latest published bibliographical materials and the educational system of the Unites States. The judgments or opinions given in the evaluation are advisory only, and they are not binding on any institution or agency that may receive them. The evaluators cannot guarantee that the recipient will agree with their judgments.

FCE, Inc.® has been an endorsed member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) since 2005. AICE is one of the two national associations that oversee credential services.

"In my 15 years with the firm, FCE has been our go-to service for fast and accurate credentials evaluations. Every evaluation request is treated with the utmost importance and we have never had one evaluation questioned by USCIS or any government agency. The entire team is friendly, professional, and extremely timely in their responses, which is truly appreciated!"

- Alston & Bird

"FCE consistently provides Chattahoochee Tech students with quick and accurate evaluations and the college with friendly customer service. It is a joy to use their services."

- Greg Moor, Chattahoochee Technical College

"Your company has been amazing from the very start. You have shown professionalism in all aspects of the evaluation process. I am contacted promptly and always receive a speedy response to my requests. After more than 15 years of using your services, the staff at FCE have become like family members-the kind you want to have around always. Thank you for all that you do to make our working relationship what it is today."

- Patricia Williams, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

"The Oh Law Firm has received the foreign credential evaluation reports from Foreign Credential Evaluation, Inc. for decades to process professional foreign workers nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions successfully."

- Matthew Oh, Attorney at Law, The Oh Law Firm


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