The best way to ignite an education forum is to talk about the French VAE (Validation des Acquis de l'Experience). Soon distinguished scholars will treat their adversaries of Shills, Idiots, Crooks, Romanian secret agent, even racist comments, etc. Anyhow, it is like for the French Publication Paris Match: "To increase circulation let's talk about the Monaco-Grimaldi family." I have a simple question to Mr. Contreras and US directors of admissions. Will you accept a VAE degree of a Maîtrise from a Public French University as equivalent to a US Bachelor's degree ? In France the VAE seems to be a great fade and I have picked this interesting posting from another forum: I am in France and I am absolutely flabbergasted (is it the right term ?) by the way the VAE is received . 1) The VAE (Validation des Acquis de l'Experience) law exists since 2002 but it was quite a secret. Nobody talked about it even in the media; nobody knew it outside France (and our Education Nationale cries because it has less international students). No public French university applied it nor advertised it. It was considered an unapplicable law signed by a deceased government headed by Jospin. 2) The "Mandarins" (nickname for the Left traditionalist faculty) were outraged and publicly said they will not apply it. And in any mean not up to a full degree equivalence (which was unlawful by the way). 3) Then two years ago, I think, de Sorbon started to advertise the full VAE in France and later worldwide. 4) In the US it was not well received many people. For them VAE was a fake invented by a "Diplôme Mill". 5) Now in France all universities including the public ones advertises the VAE , The Newspapers (Liberation this week) and TV Station (TF1) do articles and subject every week on it. Also contrary to the tradition, according to a member of this Forum, two public French universities advertise it in English ! VAE seems to be so hot in higher education that a Dominica, an American and a UK university "re-discover" the VAE... Do you think that there is any relation between De Sorbon and this new fade? Nobody copied the Ford Pinto, but many companies are copying the successful Toyota Hybrid ! The above is just a personal independent thought. It does not mean that you have to sign with De Sorbon or any other French VAE program but it is a debatable theory. <b>End of the citation.</b> I am now putting my helmet with my white cross. The red cross headquarters is in Geneva nearby my home in Budé and created by Henri Dunand. Pray for the Swiss team to qualify to the World soccer cup ! It will be great for my tiny country after Roger Federer and the America Cup.