All foreign transcripts must be accompanied
by a professional evaluation and an official transcript, including an
English translation if it is not in English, and course descriptions or
syllabi. It is the studentís responsibility to procure this evaluation and
to assume financial responsibility for it.
An exception to this requirement is an exchange agreement between SMU and a
foreign institution which is modeled after the U.S. education system.
Because of the importance of this
information, SMU only accepts evaluations from the following agencies of
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
Foreign Credentials Service of
1910 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757-2411
World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
TOLL FREE: 1-800-937-3895
International Academic Credential
PO Box 2585
Denton, TX 76202-2585
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
The above servicesí evaluations should
include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of
education in the home country and is generally considered to offer at least
the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should
include an explanation of the credits, the grading system and course levels,
as well as a course-by-course evaluation.
An exchange agreement between SMU and
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) was
established in 2004. ITESM is SACS accredited and is modeled after the U.S.
education system, therefore it is treated as a U.S. institute. A
professional evaluation is not required for ITESM.
Transfer students from foreign institutions should have their transcripts
and related documents sent to:
The International Center
6185 Airline Road, Suite 216
Dallas, TX 75205
For further information please contact the
SMU International Office.
Enforcement Actions Against Institutions Violating the Texas Education
Listed in the link
below are administrative or legal actions taken by the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board, the Office of the Attorney General, or local law enforcement
for violations of the Texas Education Code or other statutes related to private
colleges and universities. Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean the
institution offers fraudulent or substandard degrees.