IERF/WES

Foreign Credential Evaluation Reports

International applicants (those requiring a F visa to study in the US) to a graduate/postbaccalaureate program with non-US academic records/transcripts are required to submit their international documents to one of these foreign credential agencies:

  • IERF (International Education Research Foundation)
  • WES (World Education Services) (effective Spring 2018)

If you have studied at an institution outside of the US, please submit your official foreign academic records with ATA certified English translations(s) to the one of the agencies listed above for initial evaluation to expedite the admissions process. Transcripts from institutions in the United States do not need to be sent to these agencies. They must be sent directly to the Cal State LA Admissions Office.

If your institution does not issue records in English, certified English mirror/direct, word-for-word translations (not interpretations) must be submitted with the documents. To find a certified translator, visit www.atanet.org, or go directly to the ATA search directory

Please submit your academic records to IERF or WES after you apply to the University, and as soon as the required first term's grades/marks for your final year of study are posted. Your university admissions application will not be evaluated until the evaluation report with official academic records is received.

Submission Instructions

IERF (International Education Research Foundation)

  1. Submit the online university admissions application.
  2. Visit https://apply.ierf.org/ to create an online application requesting the "Detailed Report”. 
  3. Indicate that you were referred by CSU Los Angeles-Graduate Admissions and that you would like to have the evaluation report sent directly to "CSU Los Angeles-Graduate Admissions".
  4. The evaluation fee is $165 (USD) - please remit directly to IERF.
  5. Once the online IERF application is submitted, send your official academic records (and if not in English, with ATA certified mirrored English translation report) to:
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
USA
 
Please submit official academic records as dictated on the IERF Required Documentation webpage.
 

WES (World Education Services)

  1. Submit the online university admissions application.
  2. Visit https://wes.org/ to create an online application requesting the " COURSE-BY-COURSE Report”.
  3. Indicate that you were referred by CSU Los Angeles-Graduate Admissions and that you would like to have the evaluation report sent directly to "CSU Los Angeles-Graduate Admissions".
  4. The evaluation fee is $160 (USD) - please remit directly to WES.
  5. Once the online WES application is submitted, send your official academic records (and if not in English, with ATA certified mirrored English translation report) to:

World Education Services
Attention: Documentation Center
P. O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
USA

Please submit official academic records as dictated on the WES Required Documentation webpage.
 

Important Tips for Submitting Official Academic Records

  • Official transcripts must be submitted from all international/non-US institutions attended.
  • Official transcripts must be issued within the last two years, and submitted in sealed envelopes issued by the school and unopened by the applicant. Transcripts that arrive opened will be considered unofficial and will not be evaluated.
  • For country-specific requirements, be sure to refer to the respective agency's webpage. Bear in mind again that the educational records must be original, official documents.
  • Transcripts cannot be submitted by email, copy or fax.
    • By mail/postage: Official transcripts can be sent directly from the international institution OR applicants can place the sealed, school issued envelope inside another envelope and mail to IERF or WES. If official transcripts are mailed from an international location, we recommend using a guaranteed delivery service.
  • All submitted documents will become the property of the University, and will not be returned to the applicant.