International Institutions

International Accreditation: Summary

WSCUC currently accredits ten institutions of higher education based outside of the United States of America; one additional institution is currently seeking WSCUC accreditation. WSCUC members (international or domestic) form a global community dedicated to student achievement and institutional excellence based on the exchange of ideas and best practices.*  International institutions must meet the same Standards as all other WSCUC members and participate in institutional improvement activities, including educational programming and peer review.

WSCUC initiated international accreditation in 2012; we suspended accreditation of international institutions in 2014 to allow us time to review our international activities. Based on that reflection and strategic visioning, WSCUC reopened international accreditation in July 2019 on a selective basis.

The WSCUC Standards for accreditation are the same for all institutions, with one additional step for international institutions that we are calling an Expression of Interest (EOI) phase. This short process allows WSCUC to understand how the institution can bring value to the WSCUC mission and members, along with how the institution engages with issues of governance, transparency, and academic freedom. Click this link to the Expression of Interest proposal template.

Ten institutions submitted EOI proposals in 2019 and 2020 (8 in 2019; 2 in 2020) from which WSCUC selected four institutions to move forward with our Eligibility process. The four institutions are listed below. We are excited to work with new colleagues from Mexico and the United Arab Emirates as they seek WSCUC accreditation.

The following international institutions are currently accredited by WSCUC:

  • Abu Dhabi University (United Arab Emirates)
  • American University of Armenia (Republic of Armenia)
  • Amity University Uttar Pradesh (India)
  • Anglo-American University (Czech Republic)
  • CETYS University (México)
  • The University of the South Pacific (Fiji) 
  • United Arab Emirates University (United Arab Emirates)
  • United States International University-Africa (Kenya)
  • Universidad de las Americas (Ecuador)
  • Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Peru)

The following international institutions have been invited to apply for WSCUC Eligibility:

  • Ajman University (United Arab Emirates) 
  • American University of Bahrain
  • Qatar University
  • Universidad Anáhuac (México)
  • Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) (México)

The following international institution has applied and is in the process of seeking WSCUC accreditation:

  • Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)

 *When announcing the reopening of international accreditation, WSCUC former Chair Dr. Reed Dasenbrock said, “We believe that our nation’s institutions have much to offer the world, and we know that there is much we can learn from the rest of the world. I am very excited we are reopening the door for international institutions to obtain WSCUC accreditation, and look forward to a new chapter in our international engagement and partnerships.”

Dr. Fernando Leon-Garcia, president of WSCUC-accredited Mexican university CETYS and co-chair of the Commission’s International Accreditation Committee, said, “WSCUC has historically played a leadership role in institutional accreditation within the U.S. and in select regions around the world, helping encourage improvement and also encouraging important educational reforms. WSCUC and its member institutions now have a renewed opportunity to further expand the benefits of institutional accreditation and promote best practices around the world.”