Teach English in South Korea

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CIEE Teach in South Korea matches enthusiastic teachers with yearlong positions working with younger students in private and public schools throughout the country, including the prestigious EPIK public school program. It won’t take long for you to experience firsthand the self-reliance that has established South Korea as one of the economic centers of Asia.

Out of a centuries-long tug-of-war between Chinese and Japanese rule and the more recent events that created two Koreas, South Korea has forged a strong spirit of national identity and independence. The country embraces the modern and traditional in equal measure, and is one of the fastest-growing hotbeds of English language acquisition in the world.

With CIEE Teach Abroad, you’ll lead a full-immersion English language curriculum and serve as a linguistic and cultural ambassador. Teachers are placed primarily in or near the metropolitan areas of Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, and Ulsan. Outside of class, you’ll explore the country’s ancient history, culinary delights, and its role on the world stage.

Teach abroad in South Korea with CIEE, and you can:

  • Experience incredible sites – visit Seoul’s amazing Gwangjang Market, part of which transforms into the city’s largest food alley, or Meokja Golmok, at night. Or hop over to Jeju-do, a volcanic island that travelers have said reminds them of Hawaii, the Mediterranean, and paradise – all at the same time.
  • Help satisfy the strong desire South Korean children have to excel academically.
  • Promote an exchange of cultures, and gain a deeper appreciation for Korean students, culture, and the greater community.
  • Use CIEE’s experience and feedback and perfect your application to EPIK or private schools

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The best adventures always have a little uncertainty, but not too much! That’s why we offer the most comprehensive pre-departure package around, including:

  • Detailed pre-departure materials and insider advice that will help you through the job search process with either private or public schools
  • Support and information about what to expect when you arrive from job expectations to life in Korea
  • Comprehensive guidance to help you obtain an E2 visa
  • Online orientation event before you depart, including live Q&A with current and former CIEE teachers


CIEE will still be there to help after you settle into your new home. Along with 24-hour in-country emergency support, we provide:

  • Day-to-day support and advice from our partners who are available to help you navigate logistical, professional, or cultural challenges
  • iNext international insurance and emergency assistance services
  • A mid-year event to get together with all of the CIEE teachers in Korea and celebrate

What People are Saying

  • "CIEE helped prepare me 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

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. 


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Our approach is to offer a high level of preparation and support at every step of your journey toward teaching abroad. It’s different than what some of our competitors do, but based on participant feedback, we think it’s really valuable!

Before you go, we’ll guide you through the visa process and share lots of useful logistical tips and advice from former teachers. Our US-based staff is here to respond to questions by phone and email. After arriving, you will receive an in-depth orientation to prepare you for living and teaching in a new country, and to network with other teachers. Our in-country staff and representatives are there to support you during your experience, including 24/7 availability for emergency situations, and participants will receive international travel and emergency medical insurance.

Your program fee covers the costs of those services and the staff and facilities that make them possible. It’s not enough for us to just match someone up with a job and call it a day – our goal is to give them the support and preparation they need to have a successful and rewarding experience!


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A $50 application fee is due at the time of application submission, to let us devote our effort and attention to serious applicants. Once CIEE accepts your application, a $500 commitment deposit ($1,000 if TEFL is included) is due within 10 calendar days. The remaining balance of the program fee is due after you receive a job placement, which happens roughly 1-3 months before the departure date.

Each of our programs has a different total program fee, based on the features included. To see these, please visit one of our programs.


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Yes! You’ll need a bachelor’s degree to go on our Teach Abroad programs, but we welcome applications from graduating seniors. You should ask your academic advisor for a letter confirming your expected date of graduation, and you can upload that to your online application in place of your actual degree. Check with your school to confirm when your diploma will be delivered to you, and email a scan to your coordinator at that time.


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This is an area where our program really shines. We put a lot of effort into helping people get ready and making sure they are well-informed and know what to expect.

CIEE will provide pre-departure guides with cultural tips, advice from former teachers, and information on logistical topics like phones, internet, and banking.

CIEE will give you detailed instructions for the documents and/or visas necessary for the program you select.

CIEE’s Participant Blogs are a great way to get a first-hand perspective on what it’s actually like to work and live abroad on our program!

Finally, before they go, we ask all our participants to review health, travel and safety information from the US Centers for Disease Control and the US Department of State, and sign up for regular updates from the STEP program.

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