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.
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 OptomCAS 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 OptomCAS.
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 OptomCAS, as they will be discarded. Determine whether your programs require foreign evaluations (which may be sent to OptomCAS), 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 OptomCAS 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 OptomCAS 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 OptomCAS, including those printed in English or translated into English; they will be discarded.
Foreign Evaluation Vendors
OptomCAS requires applicants to request foreign evaluations from World Education Services (WES), Inc. or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Inc. only. You can request electronic WES ICAP course-by-course evaluations directly through the application.
Ordering WES Electronic Evaluations
You must order WES electronic evaluations directly through the OptomCAS application. If you do not order through the application, your evaluation will not be accepted.
- Enter your schools in the Colleges Attended section.
- Click Order after listing your foreign institution in the Colleges Attended section. If you don’t see the Order button, it means you didn’t enter your institution as a foreign institution – return to the Colleges Attended section to fix this.
- Click Visit WES Now.
- OptomCAS is pre-selected for you (if not, select from the drop-down). Follow the prompts to order your transcript evaluation.
- Once you’ve requested the evaluation, return to the application and click I Ordered My Evaluation to let us know. When WES completes your evaluation, they'll send it to us electronically.
Sending WES or ECE Paper Evaluations via Mail
You can order and send mailed paper evaluations from the vendors listed above. To send foreign evaluations by mail, use the following address:
OptomCAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9119
Watertown, MA 02471
International applicants can also send foreign evaluations to the following street address:
OptomCAS Transcript Processing Center
c/o Liaison International
311 Arsenal Street
Watertown MA 02472
We are not responsible for any materials lost in the mail. Express or certified mail does not guarantee faster processing or receipt.