Why is Accreditation Important?
When planning to study in the United States, it is important to know whether an institution or program is accredited. The United States does not have a central government office that approves educational institutions. Instead, it relies on a system of voluntary accreditation carried out by nongovernmental accrediting bodies to ensure that schools meet quality standards. If the institution you attend is not properly accredited, you may find that your degree is not recognized by other universities, professional associations, employers, and/or the government ministry in your country that certifies educational degrees.
Being licensed in a particular state-or even being certified by the U.S. government's Student and Exchange Visitor Program's SEVIS system to enroll international students-is not the same as being accredited. EducationUSA Advising Centers can only assist you in finding colleges, universities, or programs that are accredited. Make your degree count!
How can you know whether a U.S. institution or program is accredited? For accreditation information, refer to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Have questions? Contact an EducationUSA adviser for assistance.Read More | Watch Video
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