The FET Program, an acronym for Foreign English Teachers In Taiwan, is a government-supported initiative that aims to place international English teachers in local public schools across Taiwan. It shares a similar purpose with notable global ESL recruitment programs such as EPIK in South Korea, JET in Japan, and TAPIF in France. Those who secure a position via the FET program can anticipate a competitive wage and a range of additional benefits, including paid round-trip airfare.
What are the requirements for the FET program?
The prerequisites for applying to the FET Program include being a native English speaker originating from an English-speaking country and holding a state-recognized teaching license from your homeland. The complete list of prerequisites for the FET Program includes:
- Native English speaker from an English speaking country.
- A state-issued teaching license from your home country.
- A bachelor’s degree or higher (less the half of which was completed via distance learning).
- A criminal background check from your home country.
- An internationally recognized TEFL or TESOL certificate.
Potential applicants should be aware that the program's focus lies predominantly in suburban and rural areas. Hence, teaching opportunities in prominent cities such as Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, or Kaohsiung may not be available. Despite this, Taiwan's excellent transport system and modest size will enable you to easily explore the country during your leisure time.
How do I apply for the FET Program?
Applications for the FET Program must be submitted online prior to the deadline of April 30. If you meet the prerequisites, you will be invited for an online interview. Successful candidates will be notified before June. Upon acceptance into the program, you must then apply for a work permit, and once obtained, apply for your Resident Visa. Your arrival in Taiwan is expected around mid-August, for orientation and contract signing. The contract spans one academic year until July of the subsequent year, with the possibility of renewal if the school chooses to retain you.
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What are the benefits of the FET Program?
Your monthly earnings will vary based on your teaching experience and academic qualifications. Your academic accomplishments are determined by your degree level, while your experience is considered only if it was garnered in Taiwanese schools. The probable salaries according to degree type are:
- Bachelor’s degree: NT$ 62,720~78,045 (around $2,000 to $2,500 per month)
- Master’s degree: NT$ 69,965~86,820 (around $2,300 to $2,800 per month)
- Doctoral degree: NT$ 73,025~91,420 (around $2,400 to $3,000 per month)
Upon completion of your full contract, you could be eligible for a performance-based bonus, determined by your employer's grading. An 'A' grade earns an additional month's salary, while a 'B' grade yields half a month's salary. Additional perks include overtime pay, paid vacation, and all public holidays.
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