South Korea

Teach In South Korea

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Information for term Teach In South Korea

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $1,950
  • Compensation: 2,100,000-2,400,000 won (approx. $1,850-2,100)/month plus housing

Application Deadline

July 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Program Fee: $1,950
  • Compensation: 2,100,000-2,400,000 won (approx. $1,850-2,100)/month plus housing


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Connect to South Korea’s booming ESL sector and enjoy the highest level of support and preparation available. CIEE Teach Abroad has connections and job opportunities with private schools (hagwons) throughout South Korea, giving you endless opportunities to travel and explore!

Interested in public school placements through the EPIK program? CIEE’s TEFL team offers free expert guidance to help CIEE TEFL students successfully navigate EPIK’s competitive application process. Learn more

Program Highlights

  • High salaries let entry-level teachers save money or travel
  • Rent-free studio apartment
  • Schools provide reimbursement for one-way airfare
  • Includes 150-hour TEFL certification course
  • No teaching experience necessary

Already have teaching credentials or TEFL Certification? Check out Teach in South Korea Basics.

Have questions? Find answers on our Teach in Korea FAQ page.

Term Start Date Duration Deadline
Fall 2 Semesters 2022 August/September 12 months (plus 2-week quarantine) May 1*
Spring 2 Semesters 2023 February 12 months (plus 2-week quarantine) July 1

*Please note: The Fall 2022 hiring season (late March to early August) is already underway. Candidates who apply in April still have a decent chance of getting a job, but the sooner you can apply and get started, the better!

Our TEFL course takes 3-4 months and has start dates every two weeks. Fall candidates who apply in April may need to finish a portion of the online TEFL training after arrival in Korea. This is acceptable to hagwon employers and fairly common. Candidates who prefer to finish the entire course before departure should apply for Spring 2023 instead.

About Our Program Fees

CIEE, a non-profit organization, relies on program fees to provide South Korea participants with our TEFL certification course, international insurance, and support before and after arrival. The program fee of $1,950 is paid in two installments:

  • $1000 commitment deposit due after acceptance
  • Remaining balance due when you receive your placement

CIEE alumni receive a 10% discount!

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

What's Included

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What's Included

  • 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
  • Support and advice from CIEE representatives in Korea
  • Mid-year networking weekend in Seoul

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The Destination

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Participants are placed in cities and suburban areas throughout South Korea. Teaching assignments are available in the Seoul metropolitan area, but they are often more competitive and are not always available to inexperienced teachers.

Many teachers are placed in the following cities:

  • Busan, the country’s second-largest city, draws many international conventions and foreign visitors.
  • Ulsan, on the south-eastern coast, is an industrial powerhouse with the energy of a robust economy.
  • Daegu enjoys a subtropical climate ideal for producing high-quality apples, thus its nickname, "Apple City.” It is also a notable center for Korean fashion.
  • Daejeon, in the center of the country, has 18 universities and is a center of advanced technology.
  • Gwangju is another large, culturally rich city in the south of the country.
  • The greater Seoul area is one of the largest metropolitan disctricts in the world and includes the nearby cities of BucheonIncheonSuwon CityGunpo, and Namyangju.
  • Each year, we have other interesting locations not included on this list!

CIEE wants all our participants to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while teaching abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that teachers with specific identities might encounter in Seoul, and these are generally applicable to other parts of the country where Teach Abroad participants are placed.

The Take-Aways

  • Compensation

    Rent-free housing with basic amenities, competitive salary, airfare, South Korean-national medical insurance benefits.

  • Certification

    Receive a 150 Hour TEFL certificate from CIEE, including real-world observation and practice, to meet the requirements of prospective employers.

  • Assistance

    Pre-departure guidance, international medical insurance and 24-hour worldwide assistance with CIEE iNext, in-country support from resident staff members.

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Job Description

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Job Description

In South Korea, you’ll be teaching English in a society where academics are highly valued. Positions are available with KG and elementary students, so if you’re excited to be a language and cultural ambassador for South Korea’s youngest learners, you’re on the right track!

Most Korean students attend public school during the day, then private academies called hagwons in the afternoon or evening, to help them meet high expectations for educational achievement. Click here to see a comparison of those types of teaching jobs – each has its pros and cons.

If you want to apply for public school jobs, CIEE’s TEFL program offers the certification you’ll need. They can also provide guidance on how to make a strong application with EPIK, the Korean public school program for foreign teachers. EPIK is competitive, and offers little to no control over location, but has longer vacations and Korean co-teachers. Learn more

On the other hand, CIEE’s Teach in Korea program places English teachers at private schools (hagwons). With this school type, you have much more influence over location, and you will likely have other expat teachers at your school. It’s the best approach for friends and couples seeking placement together, too. If you’re aiming for hagwons, you’re on the right page – keep reading!

Not sure which one is right for you? Review our comparison handout, and then schedule a phone call!

Compensation & Benefits

Regardless of the type of school, teaching in Korea offers an outstanding package when it comes to salary and benefits.

You will earn 2,100,000-2,400,000 won (approx. $1,750-2,000)/month and receive rent-free housing from your school. You’ll have a small deduction each month for Korean taxes, but you’ll be enrolled in Korea’s National Health Insurance which delivers excellent care at very low prices. There’s also a contract completion bonus equal to one month’s salary at the end of your program.

These high wages will let you save large amounts of money each month instead of spending it on rent and transportation!

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    Private schools tend to be concentrated in cities and urban areas, where there are lots of customers! It’s fairly rare for a first-time teacher to get a job in central Seoul, but there are lots of job opportunities in nearby areas like Incheon, Gyeonggido, and Suwon, as well as other cities and urban districts throughout Korea. We’ll do our best to follow your preferences when arranging interviews!


    Participants at private schools are solo lead teachers with full responsibility for their classes. Class sizes are small (5-12 students), but the overall workload is fairly heavy: 30 classroom teaching hours each week, not counting lesson prep, meetings or other obligations like lunch supervision. A typical contract offers paid time off on a fixed annual schedule: 9-10 school vacation days, plus 10-15 national holidays.

What People are Saying

  • CIEE helped prepare to move to Korea and also helped me afterwards with organizing an orientation to make friends and get helpful insight from alumni.

    Helen A. | Teach in South Korea
  • CIEE was an extremely important factor in my teaching abroad experience. I was able to complete my TEFL certification online through CIEE, they helped me find a great city and hagwon, and provided me with a community once in Korea.

    Teach in South Korea Alumni
  • Ciee has made the transition into a new job and culture very smooth.

    Jon M. | Teach in South Korea
  • Very helpful with providing support. The orientation was key in helping me form my community.

    Brooke E. | Teach in South Korea
  • It's a great program; the process is not as complicated as others, the staff is friendly and helpful, the school I was placed at is amazing.

    Eli S. | Teach in South Korea


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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, from a university in one of the countries listed below
  • Citizenship in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, or the United Kingdom
  • A commitment to 12 months of employment
  • CIEE’s 150-hour TEFL certification course (required for hagwons) is included with the Teach in South Korea program. Candidates who already have a certificate or a B.Ed. should consider Korea Basics instead.
  • On paper, applicants must be 61 or younger to receive a work visa. In practice, we’ve found that private schools won’t consider candidates who are 50 or older.

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

TEFL Certification

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TEFL Certification

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence to make teaching abroad even more rewarding – both for you and those you teach. The CIEE TEFL 150-hour certification course is included in the fee for this program and ensure that you:

  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching nonnative speakers
  • Get personalized feedback from an experienced TEFL tutor
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Complete 20 hours of practice teaching experience to hone your skills

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