How Do U.S. Citizens Obtain a Criminal Background Check for Teaching English Abroad?


By: Jeff Penick

In general, if you’re planning on teaching English abroad, there is about a 50/50 chance you will need to obtain some kind of criminal background check before or during the hiring process. In some countries, a background check is required to qualify for a visa like in South Korea. In other cases, the individual school that hires you may request a background check.

What Documents Will I Need to Teach English Abroad?

It’s no secret that both international travel and searching for a new job both require any variety of personal, professional and academic documents from passports to transcripts, so it only makes sense that taking a job teaching English abroad means having certain important papers ready to go.