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Credential Evaluation and Foreign Degree Translation: Help and Information

Female Foreign International Student


What Do I Need to Do?

To apply you need to submit an application and your documents (transcripts, certificates, diplomas) to SpanTran. The application will take 5-10 minutes to complete. To apply online, click here.  You will need to submit your documents electronically by attaching files. 

If you cannot apply online, click here to download the application. You can send your filled out application and photocopies of your documents by email, regular mail, courier, fax or you can bring it to our office and apply in person. Please note: original documents will not be returned, photocopies are accepted. You can find directions to our Houston, New York City, or Miami intake offices below.

How Long Does It Take?

The normal time frame is 12-15 business days. Rush services of 2 and 5 business days may be available for an additional fee. The time frame begins when your application, all needed documents and full payment have been received.

Which Evaluation Do I Need?

There are six types of credential evaluations. Choosing the wrong one wastes your time and money because the school or institution that you apply to will probably not accept it. We therefore urge you to use our Suggested Service which will ensure that you choose the right evaluation.

Which credential evaluation is right for you?

It depends on what you need your evaluation for. Carefully read the categories below.

Why do you need an evaluation? Suggested Evaluation
Employment General Analysis
Immigration / Visa
High School Completion
Transfer to US High School from a foreign High School Course Analysis
Admission into a 2-year junior college or vocational institute
Admission into a 4-year college or university for students who have not studied in any college before
Transfer within a 4-year college program Divisional Course Analysis
Graduate admission
Professional Certification (other than Nursing, Engineering or Teaching
Further Education for Nurses who have studied Nursing before Nursing Course Analysis
Engineering Board Certification Engineering Course Analysis
Teacher Certification Teacher Course Analysis

All evaluations except for the General Evaluation include Course Analysis with credits for each course and GPA.

For a technical description of the various evaluations offered and samples of each click here.

What Do I Need to Send to SpanTran?

Application Completely filled out, Signed, Dated. You can do this online, by mail, fax or in person at our Houston, Manhattan, NY or Miami, FL offices.
Academic Documents Transcripts / mark sheets with dates and grades, degree diplomas, certificates of graduation, professional licenses. DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS – THEY WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
Payment* Fees for evaluations are covered below. Evaluations will not be processed until all fees are paid.
Translation Any documents not in English require certified translation. If you do not provide one, you will need to pay an extra fee for us to translate it.
Verification (only if requested by Span Tran) In some cases, a Verification Authorization letter is needed. If you receive this request from SpanTran, please click here to download the Verification Authorization Letter, sign it, and send it back to SpanTran to complete your application.

*Payment – Add Items 1-4 to Calculate the Total Fee.

1. Evaluation of Credentials $ _______

The cost of each credential evaluation depends on how fast you need it.

12-15 Business Days 5 Business Days 2 Business Days
General (no GPA or Credits) $85 $135 $160
Course Analysis $170 $270 $420
Divisional Course Analysis $225 $350 $530
Nursing Course Analysis $250 $375 $550
Teacher Course Analysis $280 NA NA
Engineering Course Analysis $400 NA NA

2. Translation Fees $ ______

If your documents are not in English, we may require a certified translation to be submitted with your documents. If you do not have a transcript translation, we can provide a quote for this service after you submit your application.

3. Verification $ ______

To avoid fraud, we check that your documents are real. To do this, we ask the foreign institution that issued them to confirm that your documents are authentic. Our fees cover our internal costs and the fees that foreign institutions charge us to verify credentials. If the issuing institution requires additional fees or there are additional costs due to multiple degrees, we will notify you after we submit your application.

If you do not wish to use our verification service, you must arrange for the institution(s) that issued your credentials to send your documents directly to us. If you choose this option, we will e-mail you after you submit your application with the instructions on how your issuing institution should submit your documents to us. In some cases an evaluation may not be released until verification / authentication is completed.

Service Cost
Verification for Mexico $75
Verification for Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom $85
Verification for Yemen, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates $120
Verification for Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the Maldives, Vietnam $120
Verification for Algeria, Egypt, Liberia, Morocco, Tunisia $120
Verification for Russia and Ukraine $120
Verification for Afghanistan, North Korea, and Cuba $0
Verification of high school documents from Nigeria $60
Verification for all other countries $60


4. Delivery of Evaluation to You $ ______

All deliveries to businesses and schools are via Courier. Please include a contact name and a physical address as we do not send to Post Office Boxes for deliveries to schools and businesses. We will get a tracking number and request verification of delivery. SpanTran is not responsible for items lost or damaged once they leave our office.

  • Pick up Houston Office
  • Pick up New York Office
  • E-Mail to the address provided at the beginning of the application
  • US Postage ($5 per address)
  • Domestic Courier ($30 per address)
  • International Courier ($75 per address)

Two copies of the evaluation and foreign degree translation (if ordered) are included. You can send two copies to one address or one copy to each of two addresses. If more than two copies are needed, contact our office to make arrangements. Extra fees may apply. Total of Fees in Items 1 – 4


Can I Get a Translation Without an Evaluation? Yes!  Just send a copy of the documents to be translated along with the turnaround time requested to

  • 12-15 Business Days
  • 5 Days
  • 2 Days

What is the Status of My Application? To find out the status of your submitted application, send an e-mail to Please have your reference number available.

Do I Have to Apply Online? No. If you’re having difficulty with the online application, you can apply in person. You can come into our New York City, Houston, or Miami Intake Office.

What is your privacy policy? Read our privacy policy.

How do I get to the Houston/New York City/Miami Intake Office? Click here for directions to the Houston Office, click here for directions to the NYC Office, or click here for directions to the Miami Intake office.

Do you have questions that weren’t answered above? Contact us by e-mail.

For further reading on our evaluations and services, visit our informational articles page, written specially for students and graduates.