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International Education Verification
International Education Verifications are checks of the certification, training, or educational claims of an applicant outside the United States. Universities, colleges, vocational schools, etc., outside the United States are contacted to verify dates of attendance, graduation, degrees or certifications obtained, majors studied, GPA, and honors received.
Why Do International Education Verifications
An International Education Verification confirms the applicant’s claimed education, training, or certification outside the United States. Education and training are often the key to an employee's on-the-job success.

Because applicants do not expect prospective employers to verify educational claims outside the United States, there are a greater number of false or exaggerated international educational claims than the already high number of false educational claims for domestic institutions. (See Background Check Statistics.) This search is a valuable honesty check and helps protect an employer against negligent hiring claims.

What are the Sources of an International Education Verification?
We contact the educational institution outside the United States that issued the degree or certificate wherever possible. Most international degrees or certificates are verified by the institution’s Admissions and Records Office. It is not uncommon for schools to charge additional fees to verify education. These fees are passed on to our clients.

What are the Weaknesses of an International Education Verification?
The International Education Verification process can be incomplete and slow. Some schools have policies prohibiting anyone other than the former student from accessing records. Name variations, incorrect or missing student numbers, etc., can occasionally cause educational records to be overlooked. GPA and honors information is commonly not provided by schools. Sometimes weeks or even months pass before degrees that have been earned are posted to a student’s records. Schools often close for extended periods of time (during holidays or between terms), forcing the verification process to wait.

Contacting international schools is often complicated even further because of difficulty in locating the school (name changes are not uncommon), inadequate communication systems, or language barriers. Degree requirements may also differ internationally, making it difficult to determine the level of an international degree.

How Long Does an International Education Verification Take?
Most International Education Verification results are returned within three to four business days, but circumstances sometime cause verifications to take weeks or even months. Some international schools are very difficult to locate. (Name changes are not uncommon.) Time differences and language barriers can also cause international education verifications to take longer than domestic verifications. Schools may need to search paper files to locate records. Some schools require that Education Verification requests be mailed. And, finally, some schools close for extended periods of time during holidays or between terms, forcing the verification process to wait.

Patience is important in doing International Education Verifications because of these extenuating circumstances. We make at least three attempts to contact the school or third-party verification service, including phone calls, emails, faxes and mailed attempts. In the event that an educational institution has been contacted either by mail, fax, email or telephone, and the results are slow in returning, the search will be marked complete in our online tracking system with the note, "WILL UPDATE WHEN INFORMATION ARRIVES." In these cases, we continue to contact the source for information, but we will not hold up reporting the rest of the background check for this search.

What is Our Recommendation for an International Education Verification?
We recommend International Education Verifications when screening applicants who claim education outside of the United States. Checking international educational claims helps confirm whether the applicant has the training needed to succeed in the job and provides an important element for the defense against negligent hiring claims.

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