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International Transcript Acceptance Policy

Pasadena City College (PCC) will grant elective credit only, not specific course credit, 70 units maximum, towards the traditional (not transfer option) Associate In Arts Degree and/or Associate In Science Degree if the courses were lower division and taken at an accredited international institution. Students seeking credit must have their transcripts evaluated by one of the evaluation companies listed below. The evaluation must include a course-by-course review which determines semester unit value, grade, and lower/upper division breakdown.

IMPORTANT: If the student is not planning to earn a traditional Associate Degree from PCC and only wants to transfer to a 4-year institution, then he/she should not follow these steps. 4-year institutions have their own foreign evaluators and will do their own foreign evaluations.

Students must request and pay for an evaluation of their international transcripts through one of the following list of agencies. (Please be advised that PCC is not affiliated with the following agencies but you may use this list as a resource.)

  • ACEI — ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS EVALUATION INSTITUTE, INC.
    P.O. BOX 6908
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212
    PHONE (310) 275-3530   FAX (310) 275-3528
  • AERC — AMERICAN EDUCATION RESEARCH CORPORATION
    P.O. BOX 996
    WEST COVINA, CA 91793
    PHONE (626) 339-4404   FAX (626) 339-9081  www.aerc-eval.com
  • IERF — INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    P.O. BOX 66940
    LOS ANGELES, CA90066
    PHONE 310) 390-6276   FAX (310) 397-7686   E-mail: info@ierf.org   www.ierf.org

The service will then send PCC an official evaluation report. As with any other college transcript, the student will see a counselor and the counselor will submit a "Request for Transcript Evaluation" form to the Evaluations Office. Upon completion, the evaluation will be available for the counselor and student to review.</p>

Credit is not granted for the following areas towards the Associate Degree:
READING COMPETENCY
WRITTEN EXPRESSION COMPETENCY
ENGLISH COMPOSITION
ORAL COMMUNICATION
AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS
HEALTH EDUCATION