"Some (or most) countries don't recognize / acknowledge homeschooling and therefore cannot merit credits equivalent to the nation's "academic standards" --"
How do colleges and universities in the U.S. evaluate education from other countries if this statement is true?
That statement is actually true to a point.
Homeschooling in much of Europe and in certain countries throughout the world is at about the same point as it was in the U.S. 20 years ago.
Homeschooling is pretty much unacknowledged in many countries such as Japan, Mexico, and Italy. It is something that is allowed to continue in those countries although technically homeschoolers are not exempted from the compulsory attendance laws. In Germany, homeschooling is illegal and parents are agressively fined, children given police escorts to public schools, and some homeschoolers have had their children taken away and put in foster care.
The other problem is that in most countries getting into higher education is much more complicated than in the U.S. Students in most countries are evaluated for college after lower (elementary) school and sent to different tracks, which are determined by state education officials, for high school.
In countries where homeschooling is unacknowledged, discouraged or illegal, officials often refuse to put homeschoolers on a track which leads to University. Others require that homeschoolers submit extra paperwork, work samples, interviews and testing in order to be considered.
This is not a problem in the U.S. where many universities actively recruit homeschool graduates. Generally, all homeschoolers in the U.S. need is a transcript and SAT and/or ACT scores.
International students who wish to attend Universities in the U.S. are usually required to take an additional test, the TOEFL (intended to evaluate ability to benefit) in addition to meeting all other requirements, before they are accepted as students.
Most U.S. Universities are more concerned with test scores than diplomas and accept high school diplomas at face value.
Basically, US does not recognize, or take in consideration, homeschooling, and US does not give college credits to students whose countries interpret college credits differently.
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I was confused at that one too. Unless it has something to do with schools in Europe, as I'm not familiar with many of the setups, I really couldn't figure it out. The US and Australia universities recognize (and even court) homeschoolers, and some even have grants specifically set aside for them.
Our universities don't recognize an education based on where the diploma is from, but on SAT/ACT test scores, transcripts, CLEP/AP work, and application supplements.
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