There are a lot of acronyms and terms that are associated with applying to EPIK. These might seem confusing at first if you are unfamiliar with the application process. I also use many of these acronyms and terms in my Guide to EPIK posts. Therefore, I created this little list to help you keep track of them all! I tried to put each term and acronym in the order of which you will come across it during the application process.
DISCLAIMER: THIS POST WAS WRITTEN FROM MY EXPERIENCES DURING THE FALL 2015 EPIK INTAKE. FUTURE PROCESSES OR FORMS MAY DIFFER. ALWAYS READ EPIK’S INSTRUCTIONS FIRST AND USE MY INFORMATION AS A SUPPLEMENT ONLY IF IT APPLIES.
- EPIK (English Program in Korea)
SMOE (Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education)
GEPIK (Gyeonggi English Program in Korea)This video explains the differences very well:
To apply to SMOE, you will apply through EPIK. On your application you will be able to specify that you want to apply to SMOE. Applying to GEPIK is separate. (As of 7/2015)
Provincial Office of Education (i.e. Jeonnam, Gyeongbuk)
Metropolitan Office of Education (i.e. Busan, Seoul)
- Required Documents
The long list of documents you are required to submit if you pass the interview stage. These documents must be sent to EPIK before you can be referred to a POE/MOE.
- CRC Criminal Record Check
Sometimes called a background check. This is a report about your criminal background. It will include details about any arrest history.
“An Apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority…. Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, notarials, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries…” (source: Travel.State.Gov).
- NoA (Notice of Appointment)
The document that says you have officially been accepted into EPIK by your MOE/POE. It includes your Visa Issuance Number. Your EPIK coordinator will send this to you after you placement has been made. You will receive it a few days after your placement e-mail through FedEx along with other important documents.
- INSA (Important Notice for Successful Applicants)
This packet will be in the package your coordinator sends to you which also includes your contract and NoA. The INSA includes information about:
-Contract signing & E2 visa issuance
-Arrangement of flights
-Mandatory Training Requirements: Online Pre-Orientation, On-Site Orientation, and Online In-Service Orientation
-Documents to be prepared before entry
-Official Medical Report
-Alien Registration Card
-Addresses and phone numbers for each POE/MOE (This information is needed to fill out your visa application)
- Visa Issuance Number
This number is located on your NoA (Notice of Appointment) in the top-left corner. You will need to fill this number in on your visa application.
- GET (Guest English Teacher)
This is you, the EPIK teacher. You will be referred to as a GET in your contract
- Residency Certification (aka IRS form 8802)
This is the form you will fill out and send to the US IRS before leaving for Korea. They will send you back a Residency Certification. Once in Korea, give this to your co-teacher. It will prevent you from paying tax in both Korea and the US
- ARC (Alien Registration Card)
If you are staying in Korea for more than 90 days, you need to get an ARC. Therefore, all EPIK teachers will need to get this. You must apply for this during your first 90 days at an Immigration Office (Click here to find the location nearest you). The sooner you apply the better. This card will allow you to do things such as online banking and buying a cellphone Your co-teacher should help you go to the immigration center and apply for this card.