This topic pertains to applicants who attended foreign and French-Canadian schools. These instructions do not apply to applicants who attended a foreign school as part of a study abroad program. See Study Abroad and Overseas US Transcripts for more information on reporting your study abroad experience.
If your program requires you to submit official transcripts, follow the steps below. If your program requires you to submit unofficial transcripts or no transcripts, see Colleges Attended for more information.
Canadian schools that provide English transcripts are not considered foreign. We do not accept foreign evaluations from Canadian schools that provide transcripts in English. Transcripts from these schools must be sent to AHCAS even if your program does not accept them. Please see the US and English-Canadian Transcripts section for information on reporting that coursework.
Canadian schools that issue transcripts in French are considered foreign and must be reported like any other foreign school. We cannot accept original Canadian transcripts which are written in French. However, foreign evaluations for these schools should be sent to AHCAS.
Caribbean Medical Schools
All Caribbean medical schools are considered foreign institutions and are not US accredited, even if they have offices in the US or allow US licensing. Do not send transcripts from these schools to AHCAS, as they will be discarded. Determine whether your programs require foreign evaluations (which may be sent to AHCAS), or if they will accept original Caribbean transcripts mailed directly to the program.
Documenting Foreign Coursework
If you attended a foreign school or earned your degree outside of the United States, most AHCAS programs require you to submit your foreign coursework to a US-based evaluation service for a course-by-course US equivalency report. This report should then be sent directly to AHCAS from the evaluation service.
Contact a foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. See below for more information about vendors and accepted formats. Services can take several weeks to process your transcript(s) once received.
Do not send foreign transcripts to AHCAS, including those printed in English or translated into English; they will be discarded.
Foreign Evaluation Vendors
Sending Electronic WES or ECE Evaluations
You can order WES or ECE electronic evaluations directly through the application.
- Click Order after listing your foreign school in the Colleges Attended section.
- Select if you are ordering an electronic ECE or WES foreign evaluation and follow the prompts. If using WES, make sure to select AHCAS from the drop-down on WES's page.
Once WES or ECE completes your evaluation, they will send it to AHCAS electronically.
- Click I Ordered My Evaluation once you requested an electronic WES or ECE evaluation. Or, click I Will Do This Later to return to Colleges Attended.