UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village

FAQ

Teaching English at the Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village in Daegu, South Korea

WHEN DOES UWRF RECRUIT AND PLACE TEACHERS?

UWRF recruits English teachers for DGEV throughout the year. When teachers are placed is determined by taking into consideration the needs of the school, the availability and preferences of the individual teacher, and the status of the teacher's visa-related paperwork at the time of application (see below). The final travel date is always subject to the teacher being able to secure an E-2 visa within the anticipated time frame.

HOW LONG ARE TEACHING CONTRACTS? WILL I BE ABLE TO STAY FOR MORE THAN A YEAR?

New teachers are issued a standard twelve-month contract. Teachers who perform well in the classroom and make strong contributions to academic and community affairs may be invited to renew.

WILL I BE AN EMPLOYEE OF UWRF?

No. All teachers are employees of Yeungjin University (UWRF is a partner in the DGEV project).

DO I NEED TO GET MY OWN VISA?

The process of obtaining an E-2 visa to teach English in Korea is a process that involves several steps - some taken by the teacher, some by UWRF, and some by Korean administrators at DGEV. UWRF works closely with all incoming teachers to guide them through the entire process. Initial advice can also be given to teachers considering submitting an application for a teaching position.

DO I HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING UPFRONT?

  • Before departure, teachers should count on spending approximately $250 to cover costs associated with obtaining the documents they will be asked to submit during the visa process (including fees and postage).
  • Teachers are not expected to purchase their own plane tickets; instead, they will be provided with e-tickets from their chosen departure city.
  • Upon arrival, teachers should expect to pay approximately $150 to cover their visa-related items (including a medical examination). Teachers should also plan to bring $500-800 to meet their own personal start-up expenses.

WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED TO HAVE?

UWRF provides teachers with a list of documentation and materials that will be required to support an application for an E-2 visa. This includes forms provided by the Korean government. UWRF will also instruct teachers on how, when and where to submit these items. The following five documents require a little more time and effort to obtain:

  • A valid passport that will not expire during the teacher's stay in Korea
  • A criminal background check (CBC) issued by the FBI
  • A federal-level Apostille for the CBC
  • A notarized (on the front of the diploma) copy of the teacher's highest degree
  • A state-level Apostille for the notarized degree copy

Please read: IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE CBC: According to the FBI website
( About FBI Criminal Background Checks)
it can take up to 13 weeks to process a request for a CBC.
For a CBC application click here

Additional time needs to be factored in to complete a fingerprint card and for postal delivery. Once the teacher receives the CBC, ten to fourteen days will be needed to obtain the proper Apostille. As a result, it is suggested that candidates start the process of obtaining a CBC early on. Please note, however, that the Korean government only accepts CBCs dated within six months of the issue date of the CBC.

FBI-approved Channelers receive the fingerprint submission and relevant data, collect the associated fee(s), electronically forward the fingerprint submission with the necessary information to the CJIS Division for a national Identity History Summary check, and receive the electronic summary check result for dissemination to the individual. An FBI-approved Channeler simply helps expedite the delivery of Identity History Summary information on behalf of the FBI.

https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks/list-of-fbi-approved-channelers-for-departmental-order-submissions

 

From the FBI website. On September 7, 2014, CJIS installed a new IT system. As a result of this installation, we are experiencing delays in processing. Please be assured that each issue is being identified and resolved as quickly as possible, but at this time anticipated processing time for an Identity History Summary is approximately 13 weeks. Allow additional time for mail delivery.

 

These five documents must all be in hand no later than five weeks prior to departure for Korea. Although UWRF can provide teachers with guidance on how to obtain these items, it is ultimately each teacher's own responsibility to complete the steps necessary to finalize the documentation.

 

DO I NEED TO HAVE ALL OF THESE DOCUMENTS BEFORE I APPLY FOR A TEACHING POSITION?

No, but applicants should be able to provide information on when they expect to have each document. This will help UWRF determine a target placement date.

CAN I LEAVE FOR KOREA RIGHT AFTER I GRADUATE?

Teachers must have a physical notarized (on the front) Bachelor's degree in hand no later than four weeks before their planned departure. This will allow the teacher time to secure the required Apostille (see above) and submit everything, via email to UWRF or overnight express mail to DGEV. If the teacher is completing a graduate degree, it may be possible to secure an E-2 visa on the basis of an undergraduate diploma - although the teacher will be asked to provide a copy of his/her graduate degree to Yeungjin College as soon as possible.

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

Applications will be accepted at any time, the application process is a long one so the earlier the better. The timeline for new hires is due to how many applicants we have at any time and when there is a position available. Applications can be accepted up to two months prior to an actual placement date if the applicant's passport, notarized diploma copy, CBC, and the two Apostilles are in hand at the time of contacting UWRF and there is a position available.

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Use the document on the Application page. Once the completed application, cover letter and resume have been submitted, applicants are invited for a series of Skype interviews. Please note, UWRF does check references before an interview via Skype is set up. Applicants must do well at each interview to move on to the next. Letting referees know in advance that they may be contacted may help to expedite the process. For further information, please contact:

Ms. Jane Miller, Program Associate of Korean Partnerships University of Wisconsin-River Falls Tel. 1-715-425-3242 or email jane.miller@uwrf.edu

Contact Us

Korean Partnership
jane.miller@uwrf.edu
715-425-3242
M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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