Learn about the education system of the issuing country

Situate the academic credential in context by learning about the qualifications framework and particular characteristics of the relevant education system outside Canada.

For internal procedures:
  • Learn about the particular characteristics of the issuing country's:
    • education system structure;
    • types of educational institutions within its classification structure;
    • quality-assurance practices;
    • legal framework that enables the:
      • operation of educational institutions (e.g., the use of the term “university” in its name);
      • delivery of academic programs;
      • issuing of specific academic credentials (e.g., degrees).
    • Learn about the types and levels of academic credentials typically issued within this education system:
      • use the qualifications framework (if one exists).
To obtain this information, consult the issuing country's Web sites and/or contact the competent authorities. These are usually the:
  • government ministry/department responsible for education;
  • quality-assurance/accrediting agency;
  • licensing and professional authorities for regulated occupations;
  • national information centre.

Use CICIC's Directory of Offshore Schools and International Education Resources as a starting point to locate the names of competent authorities for specific countries.

Comply with the Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials (QAF)

This step complies with guiding principle 9 of QAF.

Consult QAF to get more information.

Consult additional resources

You may find useful information in other resources, such as:
  1. EAR Consortium (EP-Nuffic, UK NARIC, ENIC-NARIC France, and ENIC-NARIC Poland). (2012). European Area of Recognition (EAR) Manual, chapters 6 and 7;
  2. EAR-HEI Consortium (EP-Nuffic, ENIC-NARIC France, ENIC-NARIC Latvia, ENIC-NARIC Ireland, European University Association (EUA), ENIC-NARIC Lithuania, ENIC-NARIC Denmark, ENIC-NARIC Poland and Tuning Educational Structures in Europe). (2016). European Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions (EAR-HEI), part IV, items 14 and 15.
  3. ENIC-NARIC Networks:
    1. Educational systems (country profiles and other tools)
    2. Diploma Supplement;
    3. Grading scale systems.