Teach English in South Korea
The Teach in South Korea program is designed to give a high level of support to participants and prepare you for a successful experience. The Teach in South Korea program includes a 150-hour TEFL certification course. Our Teach in South Korea Basics program is identical, just without the TEFL course. Our programs offer generous pay and extensive benefits, including rent-free housing, subsidized health insurance, and even airfare. It’s a great way to earn money while you explore this fascinating country.
We work with both private and public institutions throughout South Korea to provide teach-abroad opportunities. Public schools are very competitive and have strict deadlines; early application is highly encouraged and education degrees are strongly preferred.
Private institution placements are available throughout the year based on demand, so CIEE offers rolling admission and departure dates for South Korea. Prime teacher start dates are August to September for the fall and February-March for the spring. We recommend completing your application two to three months in advance of your desired departure.
The fee for the program covers:
- Job placement
- Enrollment in a CIEE 150-hour TEFL certification course
- Pre-departure assistance – including visa assistance
- One year of iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
- In-country support
- Orientation weekend in Seoul
- Airport pickup and transport to your assignment on arrival
- Cultural and professional development activities
- Contract completion bonus equal to one month's salary
- 15-25 vacation days annually
- A furnished studio apartment for one with amenities
- Airfare Included! Most schools will buy or reimburse your one-way ticket to Korea
- South Korean national medical insurance
Meet your students
With CIEE in South Korea, you have the opportunity to teach English in a society that's eager to learn the language. It’s a culture where academic achievement is highly valued, and you’re sure to encounter enthusiastic students!
First-year teaching positions in South Korea most likely are teaching young children, but you'll be surprised by how advanced they are! Experienced teachers may instruct older students. If you’re excited to be a language and cultural ambassador for South Korea’s youngest learners, you’re sure to succeed.
You'll be a lead classroom teacher in a modern school that provides full-immersion English-language education to South Korean children. In addition to helping students learn English, you’ll also be a cultural ambassador. Through creative classroom exercises and educational games, your native English abilities and cultural savvy will improve the verbal competence of your eager Korean students.
Participants are placed in public and private schools in cities and suburban areas throughout South Korea, with many in or near urban areas, such as Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, and Ulsan.
Positions in Seoul are very competitive. Keep in mind that applying specifically for a Seoul posting may take you out of the running for a position in another part of South Korea. Consider your options wisely based on your qualifications. Inexperienced teachers will not be offered positions in Seoul.
If you’re not sure what kind of position you’re qualified for, don’t hesitate to give us a call – we’re happy to help you choose.
The South Korean work contract is based on 25 to 30 classroom hours per week, plus preparation time (at least 10 hours per week to properly prepare for class). Commitments may be required occasionally on Saturdays, but no more than five times during your one-year contract.
During high-demand months when the school runs intensive language camps, there may be opportunities for overtime teaching at a rate of 16,000 to 20,000 won per 40-minute class.
The base salary at a public school is 1.8 million won per month (2 million if you have a TEFL certificate). Salaries at private schools start at 2 million won. Highly qualified participants can earn up to 2.7 million won per month. Benefits also may include relocation bonuses, pensions, health-insurance subsidies, rent-free housing, and airfare reimbursement.
The generous teaching incomes provided through this program allow some teachers to pay off student loans or use money for travel. The CIEE in-country director will even help facilitate discounted travel opportunities for participants.
You don’t need to speak Korean to apply! You'll need a bachelor’s degree in any field, along with a few other qualifications. These, plus a sense of adventure and a real desire to cross cultural boundaries and engage with people eager to learn English, will make you a great candidate.
CIEE looks for candidates who are independent and curious, and thrive in a changing environment. Are you self-motivated, responsible, and ready for a rewarding adventure? If so, start your application now!
- Native English speaker
- A bachelor’s degree in any field
- Citizenship in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, or the United Kingdom
- A commitment to 12 months of employment
- TEFL certification is required for public schools and strongly recommended for private schools (CIEE’s 150-hour TEFL certification course is included in the Teach in South Korea program fee)
- Placements in Seoul are open to experienced teachers only
To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications, such as:
- Experience studying, working, or volunteering abroad
- A degree in English or education
- Experience instructing children