Teaching English in Korea: At a Glance

Korea is one of the best places to teach English. Its ESL market is one of the largest in the world, meaning that great positions are easier to find, and salaries and benefits are the most lucrative you’ll find anywhere. The country also boasts some of the most beautiful temples, gorgeous lush landscapes, and villages that lack the traffic of other Asian countries, which sit alongside ultramodern cities that offer world-class cuisine, shopping, and nightlife.

Monthly Salary*:
1.8 - 2.7 million KRW ?
1,631.91 - 2,447.87 USD (Dec 20, 2014)
Private Tutoring per Hour:
10,000 - 80,000 KRW
9.07 - 72.53 USD (Dec 20, 2014)
Income Tax††: 2 - 10%
Ability to Save: 8,500 - 22,500 USD per year
Airfare: Fully paid for or reimbursed
Accommodations: Usually included or allowance given
Health Care: Included
Holidays: Paid
Teaching Hours per Week: 20 - 35
Typical Contract Length: One year
Typical Start Month(s): August/September, February/March, or year round
Application Timeline: 2 - 6 months (longer for EPIK)
Work Visa: Employer sponsors
Minimum Requirements: Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate and Bachelor's Degree
Additional Notes: Very large ESL market; private tutoring is forbidden in most contracts; public schools strongly prefer 100-hour TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification






Other East Asia / Southeast Asia Countries:

Cambodia ~ China ~ Hong Kong ~ India ~ Indonesia ~ Japan ~ Korea ~ Kyrgyzstan ~ Laos ~ Malaysia ~ Nepal ~ Taiwan ~ Thailand ~ Vietnam




If you want to save money, enjoy delicious foods, and visit beautiful Buddhist temples, Korea is the place for you. There are many job opportunities throughout Korea, whether in big cities, small towns, or tropical islands surrounding the mainland. You may find yourself teaching kindergarten students, teenagers, or business professionals. There are also plenty of opportunities for private tutoring.

The combination of internationally recognized TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification and the Graduate Placement Service included with the Oxford Seminars course makes teaching English abroad a reality. Learn more about teaching English in Korea and other opportunities teaching English abroad by calling 1-800-779-1779 toll free, or by attending an upcoming free Information Session in your area.

* Wages vary depending on the economy of the country.
† Exchange rates are subject to change. Check www.xe.com for current rates.
†† You will be paying income tax while teaching abroad, and the tax rate can change depending on how much money you earn.

Oxford Seminars makes every effort to keep our information as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, individual teaching positions and experiences may vary with job market conditions. Specific information listed cannot be guaranteed to be applicable when you are seeking employment teaching ESL in a specific country.

Note that certain positions require additional qualifications and credentials that are not negotiable due to specific country legislation.

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