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Guide to teaching English in South Korea

Discover the Adventure of Teaching English in Korea

Welcome to the ultimate guide for embarking on an unforgettable journey—teaching English in South Korea. At Aclipse, we connect adventurous spirits with teaching opportunities that not only offer competitive salaries and benefits but also a chance to immerse in a culture rich with history, modernity, and unparalleled beauty. Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned educator, South Korea offers a unique blend of professional growth and personal exploration.

How To Become An English Teacher In Korea In 2024

Dreaming of an exciting journey in South Korea? Wondering how to become an English teacher there? Here’s a detailed timeline from applying to arriving there in just a few months! Let’s dive into the steps to teach English in South Korea!


Month 1: Application & Interview

  • Day 1: The applicant submits an application to teach English starting in May.
  • Day 3: An interview with an Aclipse Recruiter is scheduled.
  • Day 6: Following the interview, the applicant prepares for the next stage.
  • Day 7: Application items are submitted.
  • Day 11: The applicant receives an initial offer letter from the school. Their Aclipse recruiter schedules a follow-up call.
  • Day 13: A phone call is conducted to discuss the initial offer and the E2 Visa document preparation.
  • Day 14: The applicant accepts the offer and signs the Memorandum of Understand (MoU).
  • Day 15 to 24: The applicant works on their E2 Visa documents with regular support and guidance from the Aclipse Recruiter.
  • Day 25: Completion of required E2 visa documents, followed by a review for accuracy by Aclipse.
  • Day 26: The documents are looked over by one of our experts before being readied for mailing to South Korea.
  • Day 30: The Aclipse Documents Expert dispatches the documents to HQ in South Korea.


Month 2 and 3: Visa & Location Placement

  • Day 33: The documents reach the headquarters in South Korea. 
  • Day 34 to 49: The applicant has regular engagements with the Aclipse Recruiter for preparations.
  • Day 50: The placement process commences.
  • Day 57: The applicant contract is received. Detailed information about the contract is then provided by HQ and the Aclipse Recruiter.
  • Day 60: A welcome call is made by the HQ in South Korea to address contract-related queries.
  • Day 64: The signed contract is sent back to the Aclipse Recruiter.
  • Day 69: Documents reach Korean Immigration for visa code application (processing time: 2 to 4 weeks).
  • Day 83: Pre-departure information received from the Aclipse Recruiter. The applicant also receives a phone call regarding visa code and application.
  • Day 84: Visa code confirmation received!
  • Day 85: E2 Visa application is submitted to Korean Immigration.


Month 4: Departure & Arrival

  • Day 98: The visa is ready, and the applicant begins exploring flight options.
  • Day 99: Flight booked.
  • Day 100 – 114: Extensive communication between the applicant and the Aclipse Recruiter. Discussions about arrival, detailed instructions post-landing, and final reminders for training and settling in. Ensuring a well-prepared transition!
  • Day 115: Arrival in South Korea – success!


You’ve Made it! You’re in South Korea!

Embark on an exhilarating journey from application to flight booking with Aclipse to teach English in South Korea.

Our personalized support, countdowns, check-ins, and celebrations ensure an enjoyable experience for every teacher. Apply today!

Benefits Of Teaching English In Korea (Salary & Housing)

  • Starting monthly salary range of 2.4 – 4.0 Million KRW
  • Housing provided; if housing is not provided, you will receive a higher salary
  • Paid vacation and national holidays
  • 50/50 Contribution to medical and pension (which can be liquidated upon departure)
  • Severance pay (1-month salary bonus upon completion of contract)
  • Flight reimbursement
  • Typical teaching hours 4 pm – 10 pm
  • Comprehensive training
  • Pre-developed curriculum and lesson plans utilizing smart classroom tools
  • Small class size, with an average class of 8-12 students
  • Student age groups from grades K to 9
  • Teacher community of 10 to 12 (up to 30 at largest centers)
  • Opportunities for advancement (local management, corporate HQ positions)

The Best Places to Teach English in South Korea


Seoul is both Korea’s capital and largest city with a population of around 10 million.  It has all the features of a world-class city, and is home to the Han River and districts such as Gangnam, Itaewon, Songpa, Hongdae and Jamsil.  While it is one of the most modern cities in the world, it also is home to numerous historical sites that are worth visiting during your time in Korea.

Busan is a port city located in the southeastern part of Korea and is about a 2.5 hour train ride away from Seoul. It is Korea’s second largest city with a population of around 3.5 million and it is famous for its beaches which makes it a popular travel destination in the summer.

Daegu, like Busan, is located in the southeastern part of Korea and is only a 40 minute train ride from Busan, which makes it convenient for weekend trips to the beach. It is Korea’s third most populated city with around 2.5 million people, and while it has all the amenities of a major city, its surrounding mountains makes it a great place to partake in outdoor activities such as hiking.

Daejeon is located in the “heart” of Korea and is Korea’s fifth most populated city with around 1.5 million people. Its central location makes it very convenient to travel throughout the country. Like most Korean cities, it is a great place for outdoor activities as it is surrounded by mountains and has the Gapcheon River running through it. Daejeon is also considered the Silicon Valley of Korea as it is home to many tech and engineering companies.

Jeju is an island is located off the south coast of Korea and is easily accessible by plane from the airports in Incheon, Busan and Gimpo. It is best known for being the “Hawaii of Korea,” as it is home to beautiful beaches, volcanoes, exotic flowers, waterfalls and breathtaking sunsets. Although Jeju is best known for it’s beautiful landscape, it is also home to Jeju City which has a population of around 435,000 people.  

Geoje is an island located off the southeastern coast of Korea and is about an hour from the port city of Busan.  Although Geoje is an island, it is connected to the mainland by bridges so you don’t need to rely on a boat or plane for transportation to and from the island.  The best places to visit in Geoje include Windy Hill and Okpo, along with both the Mungdong Waterfall and Gujora Beach camping grounds. Finally, Geoje City, with a population of around 244,000 people, offers the amenities of any major city including restaurants, nightlife, shopping malls and movie theaters and one of the best places to experience all these attractions is in the Gohyheon area of the city.

What Are The Candidate Requirements To Teach English in South Korea?

  1. Be a citizen from the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, or New Zealand
  2. Must have completed education in one of the countries listed above starting from at least grade 7 and for at least 10 years
  3. Hold a degree from an accredited school with at least a BA in one of the countries above (and must have access to your physical diploma)
  4. Provide a national background check with no charges from your country of citizenship

You will need the following if you are a US citizen* (Canadian, UK, and citizens of other E-2 countries can perform a background check that is not FBI, but at the national level; the process is usually a bit quicker):

  1. 1 apostilled photocopy of Bachelor’s degree
  2. 1 apostilled criminal background check (federally issued)
  3. 2 passport photos
  4. Health statement (provided by employer)

Due to the length of time of receiving an FBI Criminal Background Check, we highly recommend our applicants to use one of the FBI Approved Channelers. By using an FBI Approved Channeller it will speed up your application process and allow you to teach in Korea sooner. You can utilize this document for any teaching position in Korea. 


Please note: You are responsible for covering all costs related to obtaining your visa.

Applicant's Guide - Teach In Korea | 4 Key Areas For Aspiring English Educators

Thank you for taking the time to read through this information about Aclipse and our partner schools. We are excited that you have decided to begin the process of pursuing a teaching position in Asia. We at Aclipse have all taught abroad and know the rewards and challenges that come with the experience. We are also well aware of the often lengthy and sometimes confusing process of securing a teaching position and a visa. In order for you to be as informed as possible about working with Aclipse and schools, we have provided some advice on the process.


1. Professionalism

This really means creating a relationship in which both parties feel their time and effort are valued. Candidates who appear professional take the time to win the job. They communicate in a way that shows they are enthusiastic and that they understand that securing a position in any field means proving themselves to the people in charge of hiring decisions. They seek to put their best foot forward and to make themselves seem easy to work with from the beginning of the hiring process. The bottom line is that while each candidate brings strengths to the table, candidates for almost any job these days are competing against a large pool of qualified people. Those who really shine get the jobs.


2. Communication

Communication, for good or ill, gives an impression of someone’s overall competence. Presenting oneself well includes crafting clearly written emails without errors. Regular and consistent communication is also key. Keeping your recruiter informed about your progress in various stages of the process helps ensure you are considered a reliable and committed candidate. This can lead directly to positions offered more quickly and recruiters being more willing to put you forward for contracts.


3. Diligence and Reliability

Obtaining a position overseas is a multi-step process that requires a lot of paperwork and follow-up. Meeting deadlines is very important to making a teaching position overseas happen. We have also found that it is a clear reflection of how someone will do once placed overseas. In our experience, candidates who do not meet deadlines tend to perform at a lower level once on the job. When there are hiccups or delays in the process, keeping recruiters informed will help a candidate appear more organized and improve his or her chances of obtaining a contract.


4. Emotional Intelligence

Above all, the strongest candidates keep in mind that they are applying for a position working with students and dealing with differing cultural norms. This means instructors should come across as approachable, adaptable, and able to create a rapport with others. This is especially important in the interview but also is a skill needed throughout the hiring process. This skill area as exhibited in the hiring process is directly related to how someone performs as a teacher.

Overseas Employers often ask applicants to submit videos and photographs.

Requirements To Teach In Korea

Do I Qualify to Teach In Korea?

These are required qualifications for teaching positions in South Korea. 
Unfortunately, if you do not meet all of the following qualifications, you cannot qualify for a visa to teach English in Korea.

Native English Speaker

You must be a native English speaker from an English-speaking country, and must have attended an English-speaking school since at least middle school.

Bachelor's Degree

Any major qualifies, not just English or Education. The Bachelor degree must have been obtained from an English-speaking country, and Associate’s degrees are not accepted.

Valid Passport

You must hold a valid passport from one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

You will also need a clean criminal record and a good bill of health.

Explore Your Job Options in South Korea

Teaching Jobs In Korea

South Korea offers a variety of teaching positions that cater to different preferences and skill sets:

Why Teachers trust Aclipse To Teach in Korea

Positively Reviewed Online

Aclipse made the process of teaching in Korea very smooth! My recruiter, Colette, was easy to work with and always answered all my questions. The paperwork process of teaching abroad can feel very intimidating, but they break it down and walk you through it step by step so it is not overwhelming. I felt supported through the entire process, and even after I left Korea. 10/10 would recommend using them!
This was such a fantastic agency to go through from start to end and my recruiter Nicole was phenomenal!! Could not recommend her enough! She was always prompt and quick to answer any questions or concerns I had, always putting me at ease. She was super friendly and walked me through the entire process. All of my emails were answered promptly and with clarity so I never felt confused or lost. Thank you Nicole for helping make this possible!
Aclipse are a great Company to work with to begin your journey to teach abroad in South Korea. Colette assisted me along the way and kept in informed and guided me throughout the process. I would recommend Aclipse and the teaching school Creverse in South Korea. After alot of research I have peace of mind that I'm in safe hands abroad. The opportunities and benefits package are great but Aclipse made it possible to achieve the goals. Thank you Colette and Aclipse.
My process with applying went so fast because I had my passport already but when I say they made everything such an easy and smooth process, they really did amazing. I'm now in Korea and about to start my training and I not once felt lost throughout everything. Highly recommend!
Hi All If you want to Teach abroad, I recommend using this agency. I worked through Joe and felt very at ease throughout the entire process. He was very informative, quick with feedback, and walked me through the entire process. As a recruiter, he is very professional and friendly. Thank you so much Joe!

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Frequently asked questions about teaching English in South Korea

Do I need TEFL to teach in Korea?

While not mandatory for all positions, having a TEFL certificate can give you a head start for teaching in South Korea.

What degree do I need to teach In Korea?

Any college major works for teaching in Korea; it's not limited to just English or Education.

No prior teaching experience is necessary in most cases as employers offer training programs in Korea, providing additional teaching support from other teachers in your school or your Korean co-teacher (in the case of public school programs).

In order to apply with Aclipse, however, Your Bachelor's degree needs to be from an English-speaking country, and Associate's degrees are not accepted.

How much can I make teaching in Korea?

You can earn a starting monthly salary ranging from 2.4 to 4.0 Million KRW while teaching in Korea. Additionally, you'll enjoy perks like paid vacation, national holidays and your flight to Korea will be reimbursed.

For more information on teacher benefits, visit this link

Do English teachers In Korea get free housing?

Housing is provided for English teachers in Korea.

If housing is not provided, you will receive a higher salary.

Apartments may vary in size based on your teaching location, but they typically come with essential amenities such as a washer, closet, storage space, stove, refrigerator, and a bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower.

Do I need to speak Korean in order to teach in Korea?

No, you don't need to be a native speaker or even know Korean to teach English in Korea.

In classrooms, only English is used for teaching. Students are not allowed to speak Korean during lessons, creating an all-English learning environment.

Can I experience this opportunity with a friend or partner?

We will accept applications and interview candidates with dependents, but these candidates should know that we cannot offer additional assistance with their dependents, and the employers will not assist in any way. Unfortunately, benefits are for employees only. Therefore, people bringing dependents like children, spouses, or partners will need to find their own accommodations, secure the visa for these dependents, pay for their flight, and secure schooling for any children. International schools can be very expensive. If you are bringing dependents, you will need to be placed in a city like Seoul, where it is easier to find apartments, schools, and support networks. Some employers do not accept applications from people with dependents so we will advise you on which employers do and do not.

I'm thinking of enrolling in a TESL/CELTA course. Will that help?

Only certain programs (100+ hours of study) will qualify teachers to receive extra salary. It is not a requirement of the job to have a TESL/CELTA certificate, but it is definitely excellent preparation for an ESL teaching position. You can check out one of our partners if you're interested: https://www.theteflacademy.com/

What are we expected to teach?

Lesson plans are based on the curriculum. During training, teachers will learn how to teach the material. Teachers are encouraged to use their own creativity and individual teaching styles to engage students in the lesson material/content.

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