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PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory
PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory

GEO Code

Global Education Organization Code

​​Benefits of


Improves Data Quality & Integrity


Decreases Risk of Fraud & Abuse


Streamlines Processing & Faster 

Delivery  of Student Data & Results


Optimizes Efficiency of

Transfer & Articulation Processes


Provides Developers a Trusted Solution

as Institution or Source Code is Needed

in Nearly Every Application & System


GEO Code is Free,

Unlike Other Services Which Are

Provided on a Subscription-Paid Basis


GEO Code is Designed 

with an Open Architecture Using 

Standardized Web Services 

& Protocols


GEO Code is Proven and Trusted

As Institutions & Organizations

Are Already Using the

PESC GEO Code in Production 

Processing Thousands of Files



Overview of

Guiding Principles

PESC GEO Code serves a specific purpose – delivery & data exchange destination information – and does not imply any validity, accreditation, legal status or other official standing.  For all guiding principles, please visit the GEO Code User Group page.   


GEO CODE is a 'look-up' service offered & operated by PESC & directly managed by PESC Members. The foundation of the service is a directory 'look up' server listing active and inactive institutions, including historical data, additional demographic and identifier data.  Countries currently listed:

- 125+ countries as of April 22, 2019.


GEO CODE began as a project of PESC's Global Data Mobility User Group (the GDM launched at Spring 2016 Data Summit). At the first GDM meeting, the need for a single institution code set surfaced as one of the highest priorities.  With today's technological innovation, and open, transparent collaboration (the cornerstone of PESC's foundation and guiding principle) and having finally reached the tipping point whereby most experts agree that such a code set is not only needed, but now impacts data quality, cost and fraud, all contribute to the conclusion that such a list is now a necessity. 


GEO CODE is currently live in production with an online directory.​ PESC has partnered with AACRAO, Educational Credential Evaluators, the Groningen Declaration Network and the University of Southern California.


The GEO CODE User Group established a Steering Committee in 2017 at the Spring 2017 Data Summit, ultimately governed by the PESC Board of Directors, to administer more direct management, oversight and strategic planning of GEO CODE. The Steering Committee is made up of nine (9) PESC Member representatives, is diverse, representing the various sectors across education, is semi-autonomous, and is responsible for the overall management of GEO CODE.


GEO CODE is live in production with an online directory.  The original pilot by the University of Southern California and IERF is also still in production.  The GEO Code is seven (7) digits:

- Two (2) digit ISO country code, plus
- Five (5) digit automated, alphanumeric code

The User Group is assigning this unique Global Institution Code to institutions as it adds and enters them into the directory. The University of Southern California has already integrated components of this service into production as a pilot.​


As a driving principle and in alignment with PESC’s mission, use of the Global Education Code is free and open to the education community.


The GEO CODE User Group, now in partnership with AACRAO and the Groningen Declaration Network, is open to its Signatories and delegates free of charge (previously the User Group was limited to PESC Members).  

There are three main ways to participate:

1) contribute a list and/or help improve the list with updates and corrections

2) participate in quarterly community conference calls to stay informed

3) endorse or partner with PESC

Please join the User Group's Community calls held every quarter.  For more information, please contact the PESC office.

PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory
PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory

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PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory

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​G E O C O D E . P E S C . O R G ​​


P E S C  G E O  C O D E

​is a free, open and standardized directory 

of codes & identifiers for institutions 

and education organizations.

​G E O C O D E . P E S C . O R G

PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory

is governed by a
PESC User Group &

Steering Committee.

For more information on the 

User Group or Steering Committee,

please visit the 
PESC GEO CODE User Group Page.


​  Set Up a User Account

​G E O C O D E . P E S C . O R G ​​

PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory

How You Can Use


  • Integrate PESC GEO Code into your applications & automated processes
  • Lookup & use PESC GEO Code
  • Reference PESC GEO Code in application development
  • Add PESC GEO Code to other data & code sets and standards
  • ​Setup a PESC GEO Code User Account

PESC | GEO CODE | Global Education Organization Code List Directory