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getting a check printed in Euro in th US?

Jan 25th, 2008, 02:12 PM
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getting a check printed in Euro in th US?

I'm in a bit of a jam here. I'm applying for grad school, and they require a transcript from yhe school I spent a semester at in Ireland. Unfortunately, the school only accepts checks in Euro for the transcript. I cant find a bank in a 100 mile raius around me that will/can print a check in foreign currency for me. Does anyone know of an online company that could do this for me? Its only a 6E check, so I'm hoping it wont be too hard! Thanks for your help!
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Jan 25th, 2008, 02:16 PM
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I can't imagine you'll be able to find a bank that can. You can do a currency transfer - but the fees at both ends will be much more than your €6
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Jan 25th, 2008, 02:20 PM
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You won't find a bank anywhere that can "print" a check in euros.

You can:

Send them a traveler's check in euros.
Send them an international draft in euros.
Wire euros directly to them.
Get someone who has an account in a euro-based country to pay for you and pay them back in $$

All of these options will cost more than the 6 euros you owe them.

I would also inquire if they really, really have to have euros. Any bank in Europe can accept a check in another currency and convert it to euros, for a fee.

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Jan 25th, 2008, 02:38 PM
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I found a bank draft to be a good solution. It will probably be almost as expensive as the fee, but it will work. Good luck.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 03:23 PM
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Walmart does international money orders and international banks transfers. I don't know how much they charge.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 03:32 PM
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Go to your bank, buy 6 euros, and mail your school the three coins.

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Jan 25th, 2008, 03:57 PM
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Thanks for the ideas. For some reason I really thought a bank was the way to go on this, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I'll look into the others. I know the fees are going to be higher than the cost of the check, but honestly, I'd rather get into grad school than save $30! Thanks again!
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Jan 25th, 2008, 05:26 PM
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I honestly can't imagine that they wouldn't accept a Traveler's Cheque for 10 euros, the closest you can get. If they won't take cash, I'd do the TC route via AAA or your bank. They said "check in euros" and that is exactly what a TC in euros is.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 05:57 PM
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My Wells Fargo branch just did this for me.

My Dubrovnik apartment wanted a check in euros. My Wells Fargo person got on the phone with the WF international banking department, and she printed a check (in euros) on a French bank check at my branch while I waited. I sent it off. It has been received.

Just a note. Wells Fargo charged me $15 for this, but their effort was well worth it.

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Jan 25th, 2008, 06:16 PM
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"Go to your bank, buy 6 euros, and mail your school the three coins."

That is the only recommendation in the thread that definitely won't work. One cannot get € coins at Stateside banks - the banks only deal in notes.
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Jan 26th, 2008, 09:17 AM
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One other thing to consider is that the grad school probably wants an "official" transcript from the Irish school, not just a copy. Since you might at some future time need another such official transcript, I would go to the bank, have them get me 20 Euro, and send the cash to Ireland and ask them for three official copies of the transcript. Then if you ever need another one, you'll have a couple spare.
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Jan 26th, 2008, 11:07 AM
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I've had a check made out in euro in the US to mail to a French school for fees, so I had the same problem. It was not cheap, that's for sure, but at least my fees were for 400 euro or so. You might look in the phonebook for something under foreign exchange, that's what I did. Travelex did it for me, they have banks in Europe and can do that. They have branches in a lot of major cities, I think. It was really expensive, though -- about a 20 euro flat fee and then an exchange rate that was probably about plus 10 percent. I just considered it part of my school fees, but I wouldn't do it for six euro.

Wells Fargo's fee above sounds pretty good. You probalby have to have an account there for them to do that, though. That's the advantage of Travelex, they'll do it for anyone.

I think a travelers' check may be the best option because it really is more what they asked for -- a check written in euro. I'd ask if they will accept that (although ten euro may be the lowest denomination, not sure). A lot of places that request checks will not accept cash, and don't want it. They can't, for accounting and security reasons, and they need proper records.
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