Education is BIG business in the USA, and the USA is packed with Universities (colleges as they are termed in the US). Wikipedia quotes that there were almost 4600 universities in 2011 – far more than ANY other country in the world. Does that mean Americans are smarter or better educated than any other country in the world? No, of course not. There are many Universities outside of the US that are well respected and offer a good education. However, when it comes to a prospective employee being judged by an American hiring manager for an American corporation – they will obviously give preference or higher credibility to a University they know than foreign university degrees. That is just human nature.
So – you moved to the USA and have a degree from a foreign University – how will that education be judged? Well, there are many published rankings of Universities around the world such as this one – University rankings. If you achieved a degree from a highly rated foreign University then you will probably want to call that out on your “resume” (Curriculum Vitae) and your Linkedin profile (if you have one). For instance, let’s say you earned a degree from the “Australian National University” – you could note that on your resume saying “rated number 25 in the world ranking published by www.topuniversities.com”. That would make a significant difference to how your resume is viewed. Why? Well Americans are well aware that Universities and programs are not all equal. They will be impressed by degrees from well known universities and that is exactly why the most prestigious colleges will be able to charge much higher tuition fees.
So – it is up to you to present information about your degree/university. Do a little homework and check where your institution is ranked. Of course, these rankings are often from a American or Western perspective – but that is the where your degree will be evaluated.
Incidentally, some jobs mention a degree as a minimum criteria. If you are applying for a job through a large company on their recruiting website, that question will often be a knock out question – meaning that if you cannot say you have a Bachelors degree, your application may not even be reviewed by a human. So, in that respect, your degree, wherever it was taken will open some doors, but the information above will apply if the interviewer wishes to make a judgment about the quality of your education. In my experience however, your ability to land the job is normally up to you when you are in front of the hiring manager.
It is possible to get a third party to provide an education evaluation of your degree. Unless that is specifically required (such as in medicine or similar) I would not advise you to spend the money on that. The evaluation itself may not be considered credible, so it may not carry too much weight and in any case the quality of the education is not the whole story about you.
Professional credentials/licenses gained abroad.
It should come as no surprise that the USA is a heavily regulated place. There are lots of professions that you cannot practice without licensing in the USA (often at Federal AND State level). So – just because you are a doctor/dentist/lawyer or whatever abroad it does not mean that you can start work in that profession in the USA without some level of re-credentialing. This might involve exams, training or evaluation. Please make sure you look into that before you move to the USA so that you can gain a realistic idea of how you will start work in your chosen field.
April 2, 2015 at 05:50
Complete 2 years university = university degree ?!??
July 14, 2015 at 11:16
Don’t think so. 2 years would qualify under “Some University studies”. Most Undergraduate programs take 3 or 4 years to complete.
December 11, 2016 at 00:30
Hi Brit you have rilly helped me alot , From winning the DV up to comin to USA, but I have still some question for a newly DV emigrant , are they eligible to apply financial aid for education.
December 11, 2016 at 07:19
I don’t know.
October 16, 2017 at 12:04
please with the interview questions, if I don’t have Anybody to stay with in the USA, will that disqualify me and deny me a visa ?
October 16, 2017 at 13:08
Not normally – it depends on the case and your CO
November 19, 2017 at 23:41
Hey Bri, Someone with a Higher national diploma will be equivalent to what in the US system of education? Can the HND in logistics secure a better job over there?
November 20, 2017 at 00:53
October 4, 2018 at 00:54
i m in us the last 10 m0nth apply to cgfn philladelipha but got long time saying also the signtue was not vaildate when my degree to evaluate from my country what u advice me thank u
October 4, 2018 at 02:35
I don’t understand the question, but please understand I only answer DV lottery questions.
April 1, 2019 at 21:03
Hi Brit, I have not found any advices regarding schools for children, maybe I missed the article. My oldest girl turned 5 last October therefore she could start kindergarten in September this year however I feel that we will move later (if we get the Visa ofc!).
-Is it a problem if she starts school during the year?
-Do you suggest that she gets intensive English classes at the meantime? I believe that at that age they learn fast…
Hopefully you have heard some experiences from previous DV winners
April 2, 2019 at 01:59
These are things you will figure out later. Obviously English is important, but she will pick that up fast in school. Make sure you speak English at home though to give her the best chance.
April 1, 2019 at 22:29
Subject: Interview Experience
Case Number: 2019AFxx89XX
Hi Brit Simon,
Thank you so much dear Simon for your excellent guidance and plenty information. That was really helpful for all of us I guess.
Me and my family ( along with our two kids) are now in the US (moved 3 days ago!) thanks for the valuable information and guidance provided to us.
1NL came May 2018 then we completed DS 260 immediately ( within 1 week) ; 2NL came end October 2018 whereas interview has been set beginning of December 2018. The travel to US was made end March 2019.
The interview went very well in early December 2018. We have already presented all the required documents in advance and was sure that all have been set (with the exception of the police clearance from another country where my wife used to work). I think we were fortunate that we haven’t been requested to provide the soft copy documents to present before interview.
A very straight forward questions which lasted, say around, 3 minutes!!
A nice and easy to talk to gentleman had an interview with us. The questions asked were the following:
– Full name (For myself and my family)
– Highest education achieved (Explained that I have obtained MA, BA…) checked against my documents
– Asked if my wife has a police clearance from the country where she worked ( informed him that we have already started processing the request but not yet received)
– The officer gave us an option if all of us could wait and receive the visas when my wife’s clearance is settled or else to receive for the three of us ( me and my two children). That was a bit uncomfortable because we didn’t want to go separately. However, me and my wife discussed and chose to collect the 3 visas first then to receive my wife’s when she finishes the clearance. ( Here Mr. Brit Simon has already informed us that their could be delay as a result of the pending police clearance!)
– We have been informed that we have been provided the visa that we can collect it within a week.
However within a month, me and my two kids were able to collect our visas whereas my wife’s visa has been collected after a month since we collected the visas.
Therefore, the whole process ( from notification to travel) took not more than 10 months!!
Thank you again for your kindness and guidance.
Hope we will meet….who knows?!!
April 2, 2019 at 02:16
June 3, 2019 at 07:02
I have a computer science 4 year special degree. But my university world rank is 10500. Is there a valid of my degree in USA?
June 3, 2019 at 13:56
THe article above should help if you read it. Your degree will be valid, but not regarded highly.
July 3, 2019 at 13:42
before a week am get the visa and complete the process but now a day i have girl friend so , how to start the process for my girl friend.
thanks in advance for you support.
July 3, 2019 at 18:00
Your question is not very clear.
You completed what process?
Congratulations on having a girlfriend. Only spouses can be taken – and that is normally best done BEFORE you go through the DV interview process.
July 4, 2020 at 12:02
When it comes to employment in the US. How can a UK BSc in IT and MSc in Business Analysis degree holder get to increase his or her chances for employment in the IT sector when he or she arrives in the US as a green card holder.
Please your advice or tips will be much appreciated on how to go about it.
July 4, 2020 at 19:07
It’s more about experience. Many companies (my own for instance) treat a masters as the minimum education required. UK education is highly valued here, and generally a smart Brit will run circles around Americans (hehehe).
July 4, 2020 at 16:30
Thanks for your useful informations.Please, I would like to ask how can BSc in General nursing in Ghana increase her chances of employment in a Heath sector in USA.
July 4, 2020 at 19:18
I don’t have any experience in that.
September 30, 2020 at 16:31
Hello Simon, thank you again, this is Jonathan. I am anticipating moving to the U.S. around March of 2021, (insofar as the Presidential Proclamation 10014 is not extended, obviously). A personal query based on work/academic qualifications as such- I have been working as a professional ELT Senior English teacher since 2012 here in Hong Kong- I hold a BA law degree from the Univ. of Sheffield, and I completed the Cambridge CELTA in 2015.(I did not study a state-based teaching qualification such as the UK/HK PGDE, in part due to the PGDE course in HK, offered only on-site, conflicted time-wise with my work commitments throughout the years; also, my focus and career path have long been teaching in a smaller, private setting). I am currently studying a distance PostGrad Cert(leading to an MA)inTESOL from the Univ. of Birmingham. My dream has been to teach ESL English to new immigrants in a state like Texas. On a personal note- my father has long been NOT overly enthused about the prospect of me moving to the US, as he has this notion that it would not be easy to continue my ESL/ELT teaching career, as I would potentially be competing for ESL jobs in a country of almost 300 million Native English Speakers(I think you catch the drift of my dad’s mindset- he believes East Asia would be far easier to find ESL employment, as such). On that note, I would love to teach ESL in a formal school setting in the US, and I am aware that one can study through distance learning, ‘Alternative Teacher Certification’, https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/alternative/. What would your personal views and opinions be about this issue?- I have been getting considerable pushback from my father regarding the ’employment prospect’ issue, and it has been heating up quite a bit recently, having just got my Immigrant visa last week. Family issues, whew. Thank you so much, Simon!
September 30, 2020 at 17:08
1. There are loads of jobs for teachers here.
2. ESOL is widely needed, especially in the lower (sunny) states (Texas, CA, FL etc).
3. Follow your own gut.
October 2, 2020 at 00:52
Thank you, Simon. I will do more research, start applying for ESL jobs online(reminding potential employers about the current U.S. entry restrictions), keep working on my post-grad course, and do some more soul searching. It would be horrible to arrive in America and be held in-limbo employment-wise, for a longer period of time. Plus, we need to keep our bank accounts healthy, obviously, ever more so when starting a new life in another country. Thank you again!
October 2, 2020 at 23:01
Just FYI, everyone I know who has tried to job search from outside the USA has found it very frustrating. It helps to give a local address and USA phone number/email. AS your search is “niche” it should be easier, BUT you should plan to be in the USA for some time without the perfect job opportunity.
October 3, 2020 at 15:49
Thank you very much for your info and advice Simon, very eye-opening and important to me. I will certainly take that into consideration.
March 7, 2021 at 18:13
I have two European Master degrees (Germany, Russia) and a Bachelor degree. 5 years work experience at an international consulting company off of one of its European offices, consulting international clients including multiple US companies.
I am moving using my green card soon and luckily can continue working at my company’s US office. What are the chances applying for other US jobs later on considering I don’t have a US university degree (but am already an experienced hire with international/US experience)?
Thanks for your perspective!
March 8, 2021 at 04:51
You can do anything you want.