IQAS international education guides

These guides explain how international education credentials compare to Alberta education credentials and standards.

About the guides

The International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) International Education Guides profile educational systems in countries with the highest levels of immigration to Alberta. It compares credentials from these countries with educational standards in Canada, and can be used to make accurate and efficient decisions about the recognition of international credentials.

Each guide covers:

  • country overview
  • historical education
  • school education system
  • higher education system
  • professional / technical / vocational education
  • teacher education
  • grading scales
  • documentation for educational credentials
  • IQAS’ suggested credentials comparisons
  • bibliography

Note: Questions about credentials not covered in this guide should be referred to IQAS .

Translated credential titles

For accuracy, check the title of the credential in the original language, as well as the translation. If the title of the credential does not appear in either language, refer to the overview of the country’s education system to find the level of the credential or alternative titles.

Who can use the guides

These guides are typically used by:

  • employers who need to know if an applicant with international credentials meets the educational requirement for the job, and how to compare those credentials to educational standards in Alberta and Canada
  • educational institutions that need to decide if a prospective student meets the education requirements for admission
  • professional licensing bodies that need to know if an applicant meets the educational standards
  • potential immigrants
  • newcomers
  • immigrant-serving agencies

Credential templates

The International Education Guides give detailed information on educational credentials awarded when completing a program of study.

For each country listed, you will find credential templates with descriptions of:

  • the credential’s official name
  • the standardized English translation
  • alternative names
  • the time period the credential was offered
  • the issuing body
  • admission requirements into the program
  • descriptive program information
  • recommendations on how the credential compares to educational standards in Alberta

Terms and conditions

These are not official IQAS assessments.

The recommendations in these guides are for your information only. The credential comparisons represent common educational patterns within each country. They do not take into account the recognition status of the institution through which a credential was obtained, the authenticity of the documentation, or the particular pattern of education followed by an individual.


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