Teach English in South Korea

30 Teach Abroad Programs in South Korea

International TEFL Academy

Available in over 50 locations, participants have the chance to discover South Korea through this teaching program offered by International TEFL Academy. Open to fluent English speakers who are interested in completing a TEFL or TESOL Certification Course, this program lasts six to twelve months. Furthermore, no prior teaching experience is required.

International TEFL Academy
Find the Right Teaching Position in South Korea!

Choose from multiple teaching placement options with Teach Away Inc. in South Korea. Participants can mentor children in a public school located in Incheon, join teaching placements in the capital city of Seoul, or become an instructor at a private school in Bundang. With most programs lasting a full year, participants get the opportunity to mold their professional skills and strengthen their i...


Earn an annual salary teaching English in a South Korean school with GeoVisions. Participants are responsible for preparing in-class and extracurricular activities that aid in the improvement of the students' English language skills. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or South Africa, have no criminal record, and be between 21 ...

International Teaching Opportunity in South Korea!

Teach abroad in South Korea with NICS (Network of International Christian Schools, Inc.). With three teaching program options to choose from, participants can gain confidence in teaching, expand skills, and develop the ability to adapt to a foreign workplace. Program durations vary by placement.

Get Paid to Teach English in South Korea with i-to-i

If you want to get yourself to South Korea and change lives by Teaching English as a Foreign Language, an i-to-i TEFL Course can open the door to thousands of Teaching English jobs and get you ready for your first day in the classroom. We offer a range of TEFL qualifications, which can be studied online or at weekends, plus you don’t need any teaching experience. Find out more and get started o...

Teach with ESL Starter

Travel and become an English instructor in South Korea with ESLstarter teach abroad programs. Teaching positions offer participants a variety of benefits. This year long program is available in 42 South Korean cities, such as Andong, Anseong, and Ansan.

Korean Horizons

Korean Horizons is the biggest provider of teachers for the Incheon Metropolitan City, Busan Metropolitan City, Gyeongsangnamdo & Chungcheongnamdo provinces. We provide government public schools for the peak seasons of March & September and also we provide government public schools for the off season periods as well. We have public schools positions throughout the entire year.

Teach Adults in South Korea with Pagoda Academy Inc.

Join an incomparable teaching opportunity offered by Pagoda Academy Inc. in South Korea. Participants have the chance to teach the English language both to adults and university students and even learn basics of the Korean language during their stay in the country. Programs are available in the cities of Seoul, Incheon, and Busan.

Get Paid to Teach in South Korea!

Learn more about Korean food, traditions, and pop culture through this teach abroad opportunity organized by Teach Anywhere. Participants may choose to become a primary ESL instructor, an early years teacher, or a pre-school director. These international opportunities are available in Seoul and Geoje.

Greenheart Travel

Work and get paid in South Korea. Greenheart Travel teaching programs allow participants to choose from two awesome destinations, Busan and Seoul. In order to qualify, applicants must be a citizen of a country where the official language is English, hold a degree in any discipline, and be between 20 and 55 years old.

Greenheart Travel
Seoul, South Korea.

How to Teach Abroad in South Korea

The Land of the Morning Calm

Some of the greatest ESL teaching job opportunities can be found in South Korea, along with a high quality of life. The demand for English teachers in Asia isn’t a secret, but there isn’t a country more committed to improving English proficiency than South Korea. There are an abundance of English teaching jobs for both experienced teachers and inexperienced recent college graduates alike.


Seoul is Korea’s capital and by far the most cosmopolitan city in South Korea. It’s home to 10 million people and provides all the amenities and nightlife one would expect from a mega city. Most teachers flock to Korean BBQ restaurants after work where they eat and drink Soju (Korean alcohol) to early morning. On the weekends, teachers hike Seoul’s biggest mountains and party at some of Asia’s hottest clubs at night. It’s no wonder so many teachers stay in Seoul for several years at a time.

In addition to Seoul, there are great places to live in Seoul’s surrounding cities, such as Ilsan, Bundang, and Bucheon. These cities provide a slightly slower pace of life but are only a short subway ride from Seoul.

Teaching Placements

Private English Academies, called hagwons, provide the majority of ESL teaching jobs in South Korea and are the path of least resistance. They do not require their teachers to have TEFL Certificates or previous teaching experience before being hired. However, it is best to work for reputable hagwons, such as Avalon Academy, Chungdahm Institutes, SLP, and the list goes on.

Teachers can expect to work about 35 hours a week, which consists of 25 to 30 teaching hours. Other than the ease of finding hagwon jobs through ESL recruiters, they also offer amazing benefits including: free airfare to and from home country, free housing, health care, and a contract completion bonus. These benefits allow international teachers to make the move from their home country to South Korea easier than one would expect.

Other teaching jobs in South Korea include: public after-school programs, teaching adults (adult hagwons), public schools, and universities. With so many opportunities available throughout South Korea, many teachers are unsure of which city they would like to work in.


South Korea is home to its own unique Confucianist based culture. Family is the most important aspect of Korean society and respecting those older than you. In terms of work relationships, Koreans like to have dinner and drinks to build closer relationships with co-workers. Koreans think that being part of a group is more important than being an individual, so dinner with co-workers starts and ends with everyone together.

Furthermore, not joining co-workers for dinner when invited is considered rude unless you have a valid excuse. Koreans will never say “no” to an invite without reason, they always provide a reason for not accepting your invite whether it is genuine or not. This is not viewed as lying but a respectful way of saying “no.” However, too many excuses and your co-workers will be offended. So go with the flow, go to dinner often and have a great time.


South Korea is in an ideal location for international teachers with a desire to travel, because traveling to cities like Shanghai or Tokyo can be done in only a weekend. Incheon Airport located near Seoul is among the world’s most elite airports, with daily flights to most countries. However, you don’t have to leave Korea to experience beautiful beaches, mountains, and historic landmarks.

For those who love beaches, east coast beaches, Busan beaches, and Jeju Island beaches will provide a memorable vacation as well as some relaxation. Not to mention, most beaches in Korea are in close proximity to mountains where you can hike and enjoy nature.

Lastly, if you are a history buff be sure to visit Gyeongju, Korea’s former capital. It is filled with historic monuments and sites that mark thousands of years of history.

Traveling throughout Korea is a breeze due to Korea’s amazing transportation system. For starters, if you would like to travel by high speed rail (KTX) can get you from Seoul to Busan in less than three hours. Driving the same distance could take as long as six hours. In addition, buses are a convenient and cheap way to get to travel destinations.

Finally, domestic flights are reasonably priced but rarely used because high speed rail is often a faster more convenient option. But if you are traveling to Jeju Island than catching a flight is the best option. In the end, most of your travels will consist of hopping in a taxi or taking the subway to a popular area where you can eat the best Korean BBQ, drink soju, and enjoy Korea with friends after a day of teaching.

Justin Browne

Justin Browne may have pictured his future spent on a football field. After a knee injury and some soul searching, he realized he wanted a different path for his life, one that would take him far away from the UNC stadium. So he spent 8 years teaching in South Korea and published a book, “Travel, Teach: Save $2000/Month” that shares his experiences and hundreds of teaching tips. In September 2013, he became a married man and moved back to the U.S. with his finance', where he is now working on a graduate degree at the University of Denver.