University Diploma | Korvia Guide

///University Diploma | Korvia Guide

University Diploma | Korvia Guide

A University Diploma is a requirement by the Korean government to teach English in South Korea. Applicants will need to obtain an apostilled photocopy of their diploma to submit with their Final Documents Package for each program.

University Diploma Requirments

The University Diploma must be obtained from a 3-4 year bachelors degree program at an accredited College or University. University Diplomas obtained from an online university are accepted as long as it an accredited school.

Undergraduates & Individuals Completing their Degree

Those that have not graduated can still apply to the teaching programs in South Korea. You must however obtain a Letter of Intent to Graduate from their university’s admissions office. The letter must be printed on official school letterhead, state your anticipated graduation date, state the expected date that you will receive your diploma, and contain a ink signature by an office official or an official school stamp.

Photocopy, Notorization, & Apostille

Only a photocopy of your diploma is needed and not the original certificate. The photocopy will need to be notorized at a notary public or by a notarization official. To do so, take your original certificate to a notary public and have the notary official make a copy of your diploma. They will then notarize the copy and you will need to fill out a “Sworn Oath” form, where you will write a sentence that says the original document is real and authentic” and then sign your name. Your document may be rejected if your notarization does not include the Sworn Oath form.

After getting the photocopy of the diploma notorized, individuals will need to submit the notorized photocopy to their state’s secretary of state for apostille. Individuals do not need to obtain a federal apostille for this document.

By |2018-04-19T20:01:12+00:00March 17th, 2015|Document Guides, Guides|9 Comments

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Started in 2006, Korvia Consulting is one of the premiere recruiting agencies in South Korea. Korvia works directly with the Korean government to places native English teachers into ESL positions at public schools in Korea.


  1. Rachel April 12, 2017 at 4:37 am - Reply


    I have been told by the staff at the school which hired me that I need to send my original diploma with an apostille. However, I have only one and from my research (including this post) have gathered that the original is not nescessary for immigration. How should I handle the situation since my school insists on the original? Thanks!

    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting April 14, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Hi Rachel,

      We believe your school meant to obtain an apostille stamp on a copy of diploma. Please try to contact Korvia recruiter so he/she can explain about the regulations.

  2. Brad August 1, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Best way to get diploma notarized while living in Korea without traveling home to do so? ^^

  3. Grace August 16, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Hi, I was wondering the same thing as Brad above. How do you get your diploma appstille while in Korea without having to go back to the states? Does the U.S consulate in Korea handle such cases?

  4. Jo June 17, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

    my university is being a pain and won’t alllow me to get my degree until after the deadline to submit for EPIK (I will be graduating this year). I was wondering if EPIK and other programs needs it at a certain time because of the visa or are there other reasons?? I’ve already obtained my f4 Visa. I can still get the diploma to them but just not by the deadline.

  5. Mj June 19, 2018 at 11:39 am - Reply


    This is probably a silly question but a lot of recruiters have been giving me the run around with a direct answer so I’m still extremely confused. I’m from South Africa and I have a Diploma, unfortunately there is no degree option for my exact course so I cannot study it further. Could you please tell me what else I can do to come to Korea?

    Thank You

  6. Jy August 23, 2018 at 7:05 am - Reply


    I just noticed that my diploma has the wrong date for the graduation. However the transcript has the right one. Will this be a problem?

  7. nic October 6, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

    My notary signed and notarized that it was a legitimate copy of my diploma.

    As for my “sworn oath” is that a separate document I have to sign or is my sworn oath signature on the copy of the diploma its self?


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