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Of the handful of companies providing evaluation services in the United States, FCI has proven to be one of the most successful in terms of earning wide recognition and acceptance by the educational and corporate communities.

Quality and promptness are our distinguishing features. 

Established over a decade ago in Chicago, Illinois, FCI has served the needs of thousands of foreign graduates residing both in the US and abroad. Our clients have generally been highly successful in achieving their professional, educational, and immigration goals in the United States and worldwide.

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Annette Epstein holds MBA with International specialization from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, USA; Master's degree in Civil Engineering and Bachelor Degree in Linguistics (English & French languages) from Ukraine. She was the founder and the Director of the First Private Language School in the former USSR and also served for many years as Program Coordinator for Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL. She was also a professional scriptwriter for an educational film series in the former USSR. 

Ms. Epstein established the first bilingual language school for Eastern-European immigrants in the United States. Articles about her achievements have appeared in major Chicago newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as in the Reader, Today's Chicago Woman, and Lerner Newspaper. She has been profiled by WMAQ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Chicago. For a number of years, she hosted a radio talk show "America, My Own" and weekly 2 hour TV program "America, My Own" designed to provide immigrants with information about educational and professional employment opportunities. 

She has been a member of:

  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA) since 1993
  • European association of International Educators (EAIE)

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FCI was founded in 1994 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. FCI and its predecessor, Express Learning Center, have been providing credential evaluation services for the legal, corporate, and educational communities since 1989. Whether you are a student, professional, human resources specialist, attorney, or college admissions officer, FCI staff is available to assist you with your credential evaluation needs. FCI is qualified professionals trained to provide timely evaluation reports tailored to your specific requirements.


FCI is a leading evaluation service-provider to the international government, corporate and legal community.

Customer Service

Our team of evaluators and attentive customer-service representatives are on hand to answer all of your questions about international credentials evaluation. You can also talk directly with the Evaluation Manager to keep up-to-the-moment on applications.

Extensive Resources

FCI maintains an ever-growing library of publications and has a global network of contacts with educational specialists and Ministries of Education around the world. FCI has on staff specialists fluent in more than thirty languages including English, French, Polish, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Czech, Urdu, as well as Russian, Ukrainian, Armenian, and all the other languages of the former USSR.

Evaluation Philosophy

FCI approaches each client's packet of foreign credentials with a fresh eye and a constantly-updated knowledge of global educational systems, including those of the US. Our team of evaluators is well-aware that there are no exact equivalencies: Our evaluations are based on sound and widely-accepted principles of comparative education, ongoing research on educational systems, and experience with thousands of sets of educational and professional credentials. 

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