Being an English Lecturer in Indonesia

If you are U.S, UK, Australia citizens or from English speaking countries, you have great opportunity to teach Indonesians English at universities, schools, and institutions in Indonesia. The fact that English is cumpolsorily learned and the fact that native speakers of English is so rare makes a great opportunity for you to think about being an English lecturer or teacher in Indonesia.

To understand requirements you should meet, you are suggested to read policy regarding the appointment of civil servants from among foreign citizens which is regulated in presidential regulation number 20 of 2018.

Presidential Regulation No. 20 of 2018

Based on the policy, as written in Article 4 Paragraph 1 and 2, foreign workers are prohibited from holding positions in charge of personnel and / or certain positions as determined by the Minister,

In this Presidential Decree, it is emphasized that every foreign worker working in Indonesia is required to have a Limited Stay Visa (VITAS) to work, which the Employer requests to foreign workers or foreign workers to the minister in charge of government affairs in the field of law and human rights or appointed official, attaching notification and proof of payment.

As written in Article 20 paragraph (1) of this Presidential Regulation, the application for VITAS as referred to at the same time can be used as an application for a Temporary Stay Permit or ITAS.

In the case of an ITAS application as well as a VITAS application, according to this Presidential Decree, the process of submitting an ITAS application is carried out by representatives of the Republic of Indonesia abroad, which is an extension of the Directorate General of Immigration.

The issuance of ITAS is carried out at the Immigration Checkpoint, and ITAS (temporary residence permit) as intended is a Stay Permit to work for foreign workers.

Stay permits for foreign workers for the first time are granted for a maximum of 2 (two) years, and can be extended in accordance with the provisions of laws and regulations - as written in Article 21 paragraph (3) of this Presidential Regulation.

Granting (temporary residence permit) for foreign workers as intended, according to this Presidential Decree, is also accompanied by the granting of Re-entry Permits for several trips whose validity period is in accordance with the validity period (temporary stay permit).

This Presidential Decree also emphasizes that every foreign worker employer is obliged to guarantee that foreign workers are registered in the Social Security for foreign workers who work for more than 6 (six) months and / or an insurance policy in an insurance company with an Indonesian legal entity.

This Presidential Regulation takes effect after 3 (three) months from the date of promulgation - as written in Article 39 of Presidential Regulation Number 20 of 2018.

Regulation of the Minister of Manpower Number 228 of 2019 on Certain Departments That Can Be Occupied by Foreign Workers

Certain positions that may be occupied by foreign workers are as stated in the attachment which is an integral part of this ministerial decree. It is stated that a position of Commissioner or Director who does not manage personnel is permitted to be occupied by Foreign Workers, as long as it does not conflict with the provisions of the prevailing laws and regulations in the Republic of Indonesia. Furthermore, it is stated that the positions that can be held by Foreign Workers and the terms of the position are evaluated at least every 2 (two) years or at any time if needed.

It is also stated that when the Minister of Manpower Decree Number 228 of 2019 came into effect, the Minister of Manpower Regulation No. 247/2011, No. 462/2012, No. 463/2012, No. 463/2012, No. 707/2012, and a number of ministerial decrees regulating certain positions that can be occupied by foreign workers are revoked and declared invalid

Particularly in the field of education, there are now 143 positions that can be occupied by foreign workers, starting from the Principal, Deputy Principal, Librarian, Student Admissions Manager, Lecturers, Teachers, and Skills Instructors.

Qualification and Requirements: Policies Issued between 2007 - 2014

  • Minister of Education and Culture Regulation no. 14 of 2014 concerning Higher Education Cooperation (canceling the Regulation of the Minister of Education and Culture no.26 of 2007);
  • Regulation of the Minister of National Education 26 of 2007: Collaboration of Universities in Indonesia with Universities or Other Institutions Abroad (for guest lecturers);
  • Regulation of the Minister of National Education 66 of 2009: Granting Permits for Foreign Educators and Education Personnel to Formal and Nonformal Education Units in Indonesia;
  • Minister of Education and Culture Regulation no. 84 of 2013: Appoint Non-Civil Servant Lecturers at State Universities and Permanent Lecturers at Private Universities (So that a foreign worker can be appointed as a permanent lecturer in addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Regulation of the Minister of Manpower PER.02 / MEN / III / 2008, Regulation of the Minister of Education and Culture no.66 of 2009 must also comply with the requirements in article 3 paragraph 5 of Regulation of the Minister of Education and Culture no.84 of 2013, namely that they must qualify as professors in their country of origin, they can obtain Dikti recognition by issuing NIDN (lecturer identification number) If you have a SK as a lecturer who is contracted for at least 2 years with a minimum qualification of S3, read requirements B point 1.c.);
  • A lecturer who has served for 10 years as a permanent lecturer, has doctoral qualifications and scientific publications, can be proposed as a Professor at Indonesian Higher Education so that he is entitled to receive an honorary allowance.
Note: Rules and policies may change. You are suggested to consult to the newest regulation.