Students who have satisfactorily completed courses from a foreign nation’s appropriately accredited university may be able to apply the course credits toward an Associate degree at Santa Monica College. Students should consult a counselor BEFORE requesting to have credits evaluated, because the time it takes to evaluate a large number of units can delay enrollment. Courses must first be evaluated by an approved credential evaluation agency, and then reviewed by the Santa Monica College Admissions Office. Some courses also require approval by the department chair. Once courses are approved, their credit(s) may then be transferred to Santa Monica College.
To have foreign coursework credits evaluated, students should contact one of the approved credential evaluation agencies listed below and request a detailed equivalency report that indicates-for each course, its US semester unit equivalency, and the grade the student earned:
- ACEI, Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. 310-275-3530, www.acei1.com
- AERC, American Education Research Corporation. 626-339-4404, www.aerc-eval.com
- IERF, International Education Research Foundation. 310-258-9451, www.ierf.org
- APIE, Academic and Professional International Evaluations, Inc. 562-594-6498, www.apie.org
Please note: Foreign coursework will NOT satisfy general education requirements for Area II, Social Science, Group A (American History/Government) and for Area IV, Language and Rationality, Group A (English Composition).
For further questions or concerns, please see a counselor at the International Education Office, or you may send an email through www.smc.edu/askiecc
For Transfer: If your intention is to transfer foreign coursework to a four-year university, the transferability of courses will be determined by the transfer institution upon admission to the college or university.