Teach English in South Korea
Our programs in Korea are designed to give you high level of support 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. We are a proud partner of the EPIK public school program from the Korean government. Learn more about the types of schools available.
- 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
- Contract completion bonus equal to one month's salary
- 15-25 vacation days annually
- A furnished studio apartment for one with amenities
- Airfare - Most schools will buy or reimburse your one-way ticket to Korea
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! If you’re excited to be a language and cultural ambassador for South Korea’s youngest learners, you’re sure to succeed.
CIEE places English teachers at two types of schools in South Korea: Public and Private. Most Korean students attend both types of schools to help them meet high expectations for educational achievement.
Read on to learn more and find out which type is the best fit for you! If you’re not sure which one you’re qualified for, don’t hesitate to give us a call – we’re happy to help you.
EPIK Public Schools
CIEE is proud to partner with the EPIK public school program sponsored by the Korean government. EPIK offers 12 month contracts starting either in late February or late August each year.
Teachers at public schools work side-by-side with a Korean co-teacher most of the time, although they still have full responsibility for the class. They normally have 20-25 teaching hours each week, not counting prep time, meetings or free periods at their school. A typical contract offers 20-25 vacation days per year on a fixed schedule. Class sizes are usually 20-30 students.
If you’re planning to apply to public schools, there are additional application materials you’ll need to prepare. Submit your CIEE Teach Abroad application as soon as you can to give yourself plenty of time, and be sure to discuss EPIK’s instructions for letters with your recommenders. EPIK applicants must have their bachelor’s degree in their physical possession no later than May 30th for Fall departures or January 1st for Spring departures. If the degree is in a field other than Education, they must also have a valid teacher’s license or have completed a TEFL/TESOL certification at least two weeks prior to the start date.
EPIK assigns candidates to a province or metro area before departure. Specific school assignments within those areas are not made until the end of the in-country orientation. EPIK will reimburse teachers for one-way airfare to Korea with their first paycheck.
Private schools offer more control over location, as well as more flexibility around start dates. Most teachers start their 12 month contracts in July, August, September, or February, but a few positions are available outside of those peak months.
These schools often have schedules in the afternoon or evening, to allow students to attend classes after they finish their public school day. This means that most teachers will work hours like 11-7 or 2-10 at least a few days per week.
Participants at private schools are lead teachers with full responsibility for their classes. They have a heavier workload: 30 classroom teaching hours each week, not counting prep time, meetings or other obligations like lunch supervision. A typical contract offers 10-15 vacation days per year on a fixed schedule. Class sizes are smaller than public schools, usually 8-15 students.
Private schools are more flexible about eligibility requirements than public schools; they may accept applications from candidates with substantial teaching experience even if they don’t have TEFL or an education degree.
Compensation & Benefits
Regardless of the type of school where you are placed, the Teach in Korea program offers an outstanding package when it comes to salary and benefits.
You will earn at least 2 million won/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!
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)
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