To Do: EPIK Application

I’m going to keep a running to-do list on this page to keep track of where I am in the application process, as well as get an idea of everything I have left to do. For more information on the documents and the process, check out the official EPIK website.


✓ Request two official recommendation letters
✓ Fill out EPIK application
✓ Write a minimum 500-word essay
✓ Write a lesson plan
✓ Send all of the above to EPIK according to their apply-by-email directions
✓ Schedule Skype interview
✓ Pass Skype interview
✓ Get fingerprints taken, apply for FBI background check
✓ Pass FBI background check
✓ Get FBI results apostilled by U.S. Department of State
✓ Get notarized copy of diploma
✓ Get notarized diploma apostilled by Nebraska Secretary of State
✓ Get three sets of official sealed transcripts
✓ Revise application according to EPIK coordinator’s suggestions
✓ Print revised application and sign on page 5
✓ Get hard copies of the two recommendation letters I had originally e-mailed to EPIK
✓ Print 6 passport photos (attach 1 to application, save the rest)
✓ Make 3 color photocopies of passport information page
✓ Get TEFL proof of enrollment
✓ Print and sign TEFL sworn declaration
✓ Print and sign tattoo sworn declaration
✓ Print checklist for EPIK documents
✓ Make 2 copies of all application documents (1 copy for application, 1 copy for my records)
✓ Assemble all application documents in the specified order
✓ Mail application package (with tracking) to Seoul
✓ Get vaccinated (see CDC for more information)
✓ Complete TEFL certification course
✓ Make 3 copies of TEFL certificate
✓ Put original TEFL certificate in a safe place (will need to bring this with me to Korea)
✓ Receive and accept teaching contract
✓ Make 3 copies of teaching contract
✓ Receive notice of appointment
✓ Make 3 copies of notice of appointment
✓ Apply for E2 visa at Korean consulate in Chicago (more info here)
-Valid passport and 1 copy of its personal data page
-Completed visa application
-A passport picture (2×2, color) attached to application
-Visa fee: $45 (money order only)
-Original notice of appointment and 1 copy
-Original employment contract
-Self-addressed, prepaid envelope for return of the passport by mail
✓ Receive E2 visa
✓ Schedule flight
✓ Complete EPIK 15-hour pre-orientation course
✓ Print EPIK pre-orientation certificate
✓ Send in IRS form 8802
✓ Receive IRS form 6166
✓ Pass medical examination
✓ Attend orientation