Accreditation Outside of the U.S.

The ABET accreditation process for programs located outside of the United States (U.S.) is identical to the accreditation process for programs within the U.S. However, there are a few additional requirements associated with the formal Request for Evaluation, which are summarized below.

ABET respects the autonomy of each nation’s higher education quality assurance organization and does not interfere with existing or future accreditation activities. In addition, ABET is involved in numerous international agreements with quality assurance organizations worldwide, such as Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs). Please read ABET's International Activities for detailed information about MRAs and MOUs.

Programs outside of the U.S. seeking accreditation must have each appropriate education authority, recognition, or accreditation agency complete a Request for Approval form to be submitted with the formal Request for Evaluation.

ABET will conduct an accreditation review outside the U.S. only with explicit permission from all applicable national education authorities in that program’s country or region.

Learn more about the Request for Approval and the Request for Evaluation.

Accreditation Costs

For details, please see the Fee Schedule for Programs Outside the U.S. 

Language Requirements

  • A program seeking accreditation in a country where English is not the native language must provide its program name both in English and in the native language. English translation of a program name should be based on the technical content, not the literal translation of the program name, so that the accreditation commission(s) can be appropriately designated and the applicable criteria can be properly determined.
  • Official transcripts must be provided in English or come with a certified/official English translation.
  • The self-study report and other documents provided to the review team must be in English.
  • Programs must be able to prepare for and receive a visiting review team conducting activities in English. All visit activities will be conducted in English.


Please contact the Accreditation Department.

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Howard University was the first historically black college or university to have ABET-accredited programs. ABET's predecessor, the Engineers' Council for Professional Development, accredited three engineering programs there in 1937.