Teach English In South Korea

South Korea is one of the largest ESL job markets. A modern, high-tech economy combined with breathtaking palaces and landscapes, South Korea is an ideal choice for TEFL Certified teachers.

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Teach English In South Korea

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Teaching English in South Korea

Employment Requirements


A minimum university bachelor degree is required to teach English in South Korea.

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification is required. A minimum of 120-hour TEFL certification is recommended.

Citizenship Requirements

Citizens of a recognized English-speaking country: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa

Contract Hours and Terms

Types of Jobs

Mainly language schools and public schools. Some university job opportunities are available to candidates with higher qualifications and experience.

Teaching Hours

25-30 teaching hours and lesson preparation time


Public holidays plus paid vacation. Language schools typically offer 2 weeks of paid vacation while public schools typically provide 4 weeks of paid vacation

Contract Period

12 months

Income and Living Costs


$1700 - $2200 per month

Low Tax Rate

Taxes for ESL teachers are between 3.5% - 7%. Additionally, ESL teachers (except Canadian and Irish nationals) can qualify for a tax exemption for the first two years of employment.

Living Costs

$700 - 1000 per month

Savings Potential

$1000 - 1500 per month

Startup Cost

$1000 - 2000


Most employers provide paid or subsidized housing


Paid roundtrip or one-way airfare

Health Insurance

All schools in South Korea must cover 50% of the foreign staff's medical plan. The cost of coverage for the teacher is about 1.5% - 2.5% of one's salary


US and Canadian citizens can claim a 100% pension refund (including the employer's contribution) from the national pension plan at the end of the contract period. Pension contribution is about 4.5% of one's salary, matched by the employer.

Getting Hired

Best Time to Apply


Hiring Process

1-2 interviews by phone or online, followed by job offer and contract if successful (typically one month)


To teach English in South Korea legally, employers must sponsor their foreign teachers' E2 work visa.

Getting Hired

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