The General Educational Development (GED) program was developed to give U.S. and Canadian citizens who have not graduated from high school the opportunity to demonstrate the level of achievement normally acquired through the completion of a traditional U.S./Canadian high school course of study. The five GED comprehensive examinations cover writing, social studies, science, interpreting literature and arts, and math.
To locate a testing center, visit the American Council on Education (ACE)website. It provides a mechanism to search locations in foreign countries using an advanced search.
Civilians who want to take the test at a U.S. military base, or if there is not a center close by, contact:
Manager of International Testing or Director
Data and Scoring Services GED International Testing Service
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 10, Washington, D.C. 20036-1163
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) serves high school students, enrolled college students, international students, and adults returning to college. It is designed to for students to receive college credit for knowledge learned outside the classroom. The heart of CLEP is a series of examinations rewarding students for what they know, whether they learned it in school, on the job, through reading, by observation, or in the course of life experiences.
- Visit the College Board website to:
For information on courses offered by universities and colleges abroad or other education options available at post, contact the Community Liaison Office (CLO) Coordinator or the Human Resources Officer at the embassy or consulate.
- Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) Program – Open to spouses and partners of direct-hire U.S. government employees from all agencies serving overseas under Chief of Mission authority, the Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) program supports EFMs in their efforts to maintain, enhance, and/or develop their professional skills while overseas.
- FinAid.org – Maintains information on residency requirements by state.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has entered into several agreements providing federal employees and their families with reduced tuition rates. Please note that eligibility requirements and rates vary by program; visit the university websites for details.
- Catholic University of America Metropolitan School of Professional Studies
- Central Michigan University World Campus
- Champlain College
- College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
- Drexel University Online
- Excelsior College
- Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
- Pace University (iPace Program)
- Park University
- Penn State University World Campus
- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
- University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
- University of Maryland (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business
- University of Maryland University College
- Utica College
More Information About State Colleges and Universities
- DC Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC)
810 1st Street NE, Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20002
- State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
James Monroe Building
101 North 14th Street Richmond, VA 23219
- Maryland Higher Education Commission
Jeffrey Building 16 Francis Street Annapolis, MD 21401-1781