Teaching English in South Korea

Interesting Facts About Life in South Korea


  • South Korea—along with Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan—is one of the Four Asia Tigers, known for their rapid economic growth over the past three decades.
  • South Korea was the first country in the world to introduce high-speed fiber-optic broadband internet into every primary and secondary school. 
  • The martial art of Tae Kwon Do originated in South Korea.
  • Baseball was introduced to South Korea more than 100 years ago, it has since become the country’s most popular sport.


English Teaching Requirements in South Korea


  • Education: BA/BS is required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification in any of our Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL Course.  
  • Citizenship Requirements:  USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Austalia, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korean
  • Federal background check required for most schools (to be procured in your home country prior to departure)
  • Peak hiring months: year-round
  • Types of jobs: English language schools, children and adults.  Public school children.
  • Typical hiring process: phone/e-mail in advance
  • Average teaching hours per week: 25–30 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
  • Types of students: business professionals, children
  • Cost of living per month: 700–1,000 USD plus housing; 800,000–1.2 million KRW
  • Average monthly pay: 1,600–2,000 USD plus housing; 1.8–2.4 million KRW
  • Start-up cost: 700–1,000 USD
  • Potential to save:  can save up to 1,000 USD/month
  • Accommodation/housing benefits paid: yes, paid or subsidized.  Typically 1 month bonus pay at end of 12 month contract
  • Medical Insurance - co pay, national health insurance
  • Vacation - paid 2 weeks & sick days
  • Flight reimbursement: yes - departing, paid in advance for return flight at end of 12 month contract.


Living in South Korea Teaching English


Having recently surpassed Japan as the most technologically advanced country in the world, South Korea manages to lead the race toward the future while keeping a firm grasp on its storied past. While in South Korea, take in its amazing cuisine, including the country’s world-famous barbecue, gogi gui, and kimchi, a spicy, cabbage dish that some consider one of the healthiest foods in the world. Other attractions include Korea’s extensive coastline and the historic and cultural treasures of cities such as Busan and Seoul. If you like getting dirty, take part in the Boryeong Mud Festival, which attracts more than 2 million visitors per year.

The South Korean English teaching market is currently one of the strtongest in the world.  ESL instructors can find teaching opportunities year round, interviews are conducted in advance over the phone and via e-mail.

In most cases, airfare is reimbursed, and South Korean schools typically provide free housing.

A generous salary affords English teachers a comfortable lifestyle, as well as an opportunity to save up to 1,000 USD per month. Schools typically require 25 to 30 hours of  teaching per week plus prep time, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore. English teachers must have a bachelor’s degree to teach in South Korea, and TEFL TESOL certification is required. Major cities for English teaching jobs include Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Ulsan, Gwangju, Daejeon, and Daegu.  There are over 10 cities with a million people.  Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world with approximately 25 million people and over 1,000 English language schools.  There are an estimated 20,000 English teachers in South Korea each year with numbers growing. 

An estimate of 2,000 - 3,000 new jobs are available each month due to the high middle class population and stress on education for children and adults. South Korea boasts one of the top educational systems in the world rankings in the last decade.  The results of educational investment has paid off putting South Korea economy in the top 15 highest countries of Gross Demostic Product.


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