Here's the information for South Korea for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. All of these jobs offer pension and medical insurance unless otherwise stated. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers. The website, Seoulistic has some good information about where to find the highest paying teaching jobs in Korea. While aimed toward military families, the Seoul Survivor has useful information for those moving to Seoul.
If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Considering China?Many teachers in Korea seem to want to go to China. If you're one of them, check out my list of the best TEFL jobs in China, which has 35+ well paying jobs.
How to Find JobsDo your research
Job conditions change all the time. Good places to check about updated info are
- Dave's ESL Cafe
- Foreign Professors and University English Teachers
- Waygook's forum and their Facebook page
Here are some places to look for jobs in Korea. Don't forget about networking!
- The Chronicle
- Dave’s ESL Cafe
- Foreign Professors and University English Teachers
- The Guardian
- Higher Ed Jobs
- Korea Bridge
- TEFL Jobs Overseas
University Jobs in KoreaThe downside to working at universities in Korea
There are tons of people out there who would like to work at a universities, however, some people don’t think it’s all that it’s cracked up to be. Many, many universities are paying similarly to what they paid years ago and haven’t taken inflation into account. In addition, the days of 9-12 hours of classes a week are gone as most places require 15-18, plus office hours (with 3-6 being the norm) and 1-2 hours of English Corners. While some universities are able to create block schedules, others aren’t, meaning that you might have an hour or 3 or 4 between classes. All this means that your 15 hours can easily double to 30 hours at work.
Some universities punish faculty by making them work with the foreign teachers. Other directors may not speak English. Some universities don’t have many overtime opportunities or extra work during the breaks. On top of that they may refuse to give you permission to work elsewhere during the vacation period. In addition, few universities offer yearly cost of living allowances. More and more universities are requiring at least an 85% on student evals in order to get renewed.
Don’t get me wrong, university jobs are good
It’s nice to get 5 months paid vacation, and only have to work 3 or 4 days a week, and teach 15 or 18 hours. There are reasons why people enjoy university jobs. Money’s not everything. Universities offer teachers the chance to work to live instead of live to work. Some teachers use this extra time to work at other jobs, study for another degree, learn Korean, spend time with their family, or just take it easy.
New requirements to work at universities
Starting in 2014 most universities require you to have at least a BA plus 4 years university equivalent teaching experience or an MA plus 2 years university equivalent teaching experience or a PhD. Most universities prefer the teaching experience to be in Korea and for people to have masters. There have been different theories about what the equivalent of a year of university is. Some say that hagwons don't count. Others say they count for half a year. Some say that public schools are 6/10th of a year. Public universities are 8/10th and private universities are a full year. No one really seems to know and different universities seem to have different interpretations of the rules. One things for sure, it's hard to get university experience if you first need university experience to get hired.
Tips for Getting a University JobApply to universities outside of Seoul. There’s stiff competition in Seoul. Universities know this and use this to their advantage. It’s clearly an employer’s market. Salaries are often low (under 2.5 mil a month) and many places don’t give housing, even though living in Seoul is expensive. Some give housing, which is often a dorm or a small housing allowance (about 300,000 won a month). Some places that offer housing will not give you an allowance if you choose not to live in their housing.
Apply to religious universities. This is a touchy one as there are some universities that are super religious and there are some that are religious just in name. Some require a statement of faith or even a baptismal certificate. These universities often get fewer applicants since people can be wary about mixing religion and work. If you apply to a religious university, find out if you are required to participate in any functions, such as chapel.
Apply even if you’re slightly under qualified. What universities want and what they get can be very different. It’s all about who you’re competing with and where the uni is. A top uni in Seoul is probably going to get a glut of highly qualified applicants. A small religious uni in the sticks probably won't get that many. We’ve all seen universities place an advert and then place another one a couple weeks later. Some universities scramble to find teachers in February, or worse, after the semester has started. Current teachers leave last minute or new teachers accept a position elsewhere, which means that you may get the job.
Now I’m not advocating you to apply to positions that you’re totally unqualified for. However, if the university requires 2 years teaching experience and you have 18 months, you may have a fighting chance. Or if they require an MA, but you’re one class away from finishing, it might be worth applying.
Network, network, network. Not all job openings are advertised. Some only advertise on their own website. By networking, you can learn which universities are hiring and where they place their adverts. Name dropping on the cover letter and at the interview can also help you get jobs. Before you drop someone’s name, contact them and ask permission. Name dropping can also work against you if the interviewer doesn’t get along with that person.
More tips. I definitely recommend Jackie Bolen's book, “How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams.” She wrote a couple of guest posts here at TEFL Tips, How to get the university job in Korea that you want and why I love working at a Korean university. She's been in Korea for over a decade and really knows her stuff.
My Job ListMost of the jobs below are university jobs, but there are a handful of hagwons and public schools. As mentioned above, many universities are now requiring teachers to have at least an MA. Any jobs (university or otherwise) that don't require an MA are marked with an asterisks (*).
Summer and Winter Camps
I'm working on putting together a good list of camp jobs in Korea. It seems that many camps may be cancelled to the the Sewol Ferry accident. If you happen to know of any, please let me know.
- *Apple Trees Education: They're located in Gyeongsan near Daegu. They need teachers who have experience teaching sports, art, theatre, or similar activities. You can work either 4 or 8 hours a day. The camp lasts for 3 weeks and you'll be paid up to 4 mil. Contact email@example.com
- Konkuk University: They're located in Seoul. You'll teach kids grades 4-6 for 20 hours a week for 2 weeks. 1.2 mil won. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 10 day camp. You'll get 1.2 mil won and free lunches for working 8:30am-2:30pm. Teaching hours are from 9:00am-2:30pm. You'll teach middle school students and there will be fewer than 15 students per class. They're looking for people with teaching certificates and lots of experience teaching kids. Contact Davidyclee01@gmail.com, Director of The Association of University Continuing Education Center, Korea.
- *Korea Minjok Leadership Academy (aka Minsa or KMLA): Located in Gangwon-do. It's an elite prep school similar to Daewon Foreign Language School. Their camp lasts for 2 weeks. You'll get 50,000 an hour, which comes to about 1 mil a week.They don't advertise and it seems like you have to know someone to work there.
- *Gyeongsang National University: For 10 days you'll get 2.3 mil won. You'll teach between 9am-9apm. You'll need at least a BA. Teachers with camp experience are preferred.
- KAIST Camp: Located in Daejeon. You will work from 9:15-5:50 Monday to Friday. It's a month long camp and you will get 38,000 an hour, total is about 4.9 mil won for the month. Housing is provided.
- *NLCS Jeju English Camp: You will work from 91m-6pm and teach 10-12 students per class. Children are in grades 1-9. They have a 2 week (2.0 mil won) and a 3 week (3.0 mil won) option. Contact email@example.com
- *Sangmyung University: 11 day camp. You'll have to teach 1 Saturday. You'll get 1.6 mil won and free lunches for working 8:50am-6:00pm. Teaching hours from 9:20am-4:35pm. You'll teach elementary students and there will be fewer than 15 students per class. They're looking for people with teaching certificates and lots of experience teaching kids. Contact Davidyclee01@gmail.com, Director of The Association of University Continuing Education Center, Korea.
- *Seoul English Village, Suyu Camp: This camp lasts for a month and you work 9am-6pm or 12-9pm. You'll get 3.05 mil won plus a studio apartment with utilities included. You'll teach kindergarten to middle school.
- *State University of New York Songdo: They have a one month camp for university students. It's from 9am-6pm and you'll get 2.3-2.8 mil won, plus a dorm room, your own classroom, and free lunch. They only accept F visa holders. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- *Soongsil University: They have a one month camp from 9am-6pm. You'll get 2.8 mil won and free lunch. Contact email@example.com
- *Sungkyunkwan University:
- *Yonsei FLI GIFT: If the camp lasts for 3 weeks (like in 2013), you teach Mondays-Fridays (2.4-2.5 mil won), or Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (1.5-1.6 mil won). If the camp lasts for 2 weeks (like in 2014), you teach Mondays-Fridays between 9:30am-8:30pm (40 hours max of teaching) and get 1.7-1.9 mil. If you're hired from outside Korea you will be given 1 mil for airfare. They prefer teachers who have teaching licenses, masters in Education or English, experience working at schools in the US, or experience working at foreign language, elementary, middle, or high schools in Korea. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- *EPIK (English Program in Korea): The place teachers in public schools around the country. While there are far less positions than before, EPIK is still a good job due to salary, benefits (including severance, housing, settlement, and airfare), and treatment. You'll teach about 20-24 hours a week but will have to desk warm for the rest of the time. Salary is 2.1-3 mil salary (in Seoul, other places top out at 2.5-2.7 mil), at least 400,000 for housing, 2.6 mil for flights, 1.6 mil for pension, 3 mil for severance, and 18-21 days of vacation plus Korean holidays. (Teachers in Gimhae may get more days off, which is one reason why it (along with JAL) is one of the most competitive public school positions in Korea.) If you renew your contract you get an extra 5 days of vacation.
- *Puruni Childcare: This is a nursery school that will only hire people who have their own visas. You'll get 3.5 mil a month and work from 8:30am-2pm.
- Busan University of Foreign Studies (BUFS): They give teachers 36 mil, 60 days vacation, an E1 visa, and airfare for teaching 12 classes a week.
- Dong-A University: You'll get 2.5 mil plus for a housing allowance of 350,000 for teaching 9 hours per week. Overtime for freshmen classes is 14,000. Other classes are up to 50,000 an hour. About 25% of the teachers have to work past 6pm. 2 year contracts are given. In the past it was hard to get renewed as they tended to get rid of the bottom 50%. Things have changed and now as long as you teach 50 extra hours per year (classes during breaks or overtime) you will get renewed.
- Dongseo University: 2.4-2.5 mil won plus 300,000 for housing or free university hours. You'll teach 12 hours. Overtime is 14,000-40,000 won. At least 8 weeks vacation. Possibly pay rises every 2 years.
- Kaya University: If you teach subject classes such as Economics, Management, Public Admin, Education, Biology, Nursing, etc, then you'll teach 12 hours per week and get up to 50 mil per year, 8 weeks vacation, an E1 visa, and a studio apartment. There is no research required. Regular English teachers only get 2.1 mil.
- *Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company Human Resources Development Institute: They are located in Ulsan. You'll teach classes with up to 10 students. A background in science or engineering is preferred. 2.9 mil won plus 450,000 won for housing. You'll work between 9am-6pm with an hour break for lunch. 15 days paid vacation, severance pay, airfare (for E2 visa holders), national pension, national health insurance, and industrial accident compensation insurance. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pusan National University: The Department of Global Studies offers 3 mil won, housing or an allowance, at least 5 weeks vacation a year, and a one way ticket out of Korea at the end of the contract for teaching 12-18 credit hours a semester (anything over 12 is over-time).
- *Silla University: For teaching 12 hours you'll get 2.3 mil won, plus housing or an allowance of 300,000, and a one way ticket home when you leave Silla. 4 months vacation. You can teach during breaks and are paid 42,000 an hour. The pay's not that high, but the hours are good. Some teachers teach 6-8 hours of overtime a week.
- *Apple Trees Education: Located in Gyeongsan they're looking for people to help plan their summer and winter camps. You'll need an MA in Education, TEFL, or related field plus experience as either a camp director or head of school. You should also have 5 years of elementary teaching experience. Some of your responsibilities will be to define all the camp goals, prepare teacher training, develop curriculum, assign staff activities, and have a crisis management plan. You'll be paid 4-4.5 mil won a month, have on campus housing or a 400,000 won allowance, as well as 1 month paid vacation. Contact email@example.com
- Catholic University of Daegu: They have a variety of positions. They all require an MA plus 2 years experience. They also offer 5 mil for each SSCI article you publish and there's funding for international conferences.
- Department of English Language and Literature: You'll teach 9 hours per week and may teach up to 16 days during breaks. You'll get 2.7-2.95 mil won. Five months vacation.
- Foreign Language Education Center: You'll teach 12 hours per week and up to 16 days during breaks. You'll get 2.45-2.5 mil won. Five months vacation.
- Graduate School of Education offers 2.5-3.0 mil won, housing, 45 days vacation, 15 classes, and round trip airfare at the end of the contract.
- Ajou University: Located in Suwon, teachers at Ajou teach 15 hours over a 4 day work week. You'll received 2.6 mil won, 300,000 a month for housing (but only for the first 3 years that you work there, after that there's no housing allowance), and five months vacation.
- Anyang Technical College: now Yeonsung University.
- Anyang University: You'll teach 15 hours per week and receive 2.4 mil won plus 500,000 for housing.
- *Appletree Nursery: Owned by YBM, they have 3 schools in Seoul. This hagwon pays 2.1 mil won plus 400,000 for housing. You'll also get national health insurance and pension and a ticket back home (but not to Korea). You work from 9am-5pm, but only teach 2-3 hours a day. Many teachers have been there for years. The school is for children aged 18 months to 5 years.
- *Bucheon University: You'll teach 15 hours a week plus 6 of overtime. Pay is 2.3 mil won plus 350,000 for housing. 8 weeks vacation.
- *Bundang Daejin High School: You'll get 2.2-2.5 mil won and 400,000 for housing. You'll work from 8:00-4:30. Extra classes are available for 40,000 an hour. Max of 24 hours a week. In the summer you'll have 2 weeks of extra classes and 2 weeks of paid vacation. In the winter you'll get 3 weeks of extra classes and 5 weeks of paid vacation. During exam you'll get 4 weeks of paid vacation.
- Bugil Academy: A small prep school with a 6:1 student-teacher ratio.The academy is a school within a school. Students live on campus for 3 years. All courses are taught in English and the subjects are: English, Social Sciences, Science, Spanish, Chinese, and Math. Their students have gone to top universities in Europe and America. Check out their impressive faculty. Pay is from 3.7-5.5 mil won plus housing and benefits.
- Catholic University of Korea: They are located in Bucheon and have many different departments.
- English Language and Culture Department (ELCD) needs teachers to teach 15 hours per week as well as teach one 48 hour vacation class. You'll get 3.1 mil won, severance, housing, an E1 visa, and 4 months vacation.
- Global English Outreach (GEO) needs teachers to teach 16 hours a week, and one class during both the summer and winter breaks. You'll get 2,923,076 won. You'll also have to do 3 hours of extracurricular activities, such as work in the Global Lounge, Counseling, Club, English clinic, etc.
- International Language Education Center (ILEC) needs teachers to teach 15 hours per week as well as teach one 48 hour vacation class, you'll get 3.1 mil won, severance, housing, an E1 visa, and 4 months vacation.
- *Chase Academy Hagwon: One of the boutique hagwons. Pay is about 4 mil won a month for 6-10 hours of work a day. They don't advertise much; most people get jobs through networking. They usually prefer you to have your own visa, ie. F2, F4, F5, F6. Some people are able to make 10-15 mil during peak months.
- College English Education Committee (CEEC) needs people to teach 12 hours per week with 4-6 hours of overtime (paid at 25,000) and 2 office hours. You'll get 2,688,550 a month. A studio apartment is also provided or 300,000 for a housing allowance. They'll give you a 2 year contract and an E1.
- Hanyang University TESOL Program (HYU TESOL) needs part-time teachers to teach 1.5-9 hours a week. Pay is 55,000 an hour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The College of English Interpretation and Translation (EIT) needs teachers to teach 12 hours per week. You will receive 3.0-4.1 mil won, housing, airfare, an E1 visa, 5 months vacation, and research incentives.
- The Foreign Language Education Center: You'll get about 3.2 mil for teaching 12 hours. There's lots of overtime opportunities. Overtime ranges from about 28,000 for a 50 minute credit class, to 38,000 for English Zone, to 75,000 for a 75 minute intensive summer/winter class.
- The Korean-English Department in the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation: For teaching 8 hours you will get 3.2-4.8 mil won. You must be bilingual.
- The University English Programme in the Institute of General Education needs teachers to teach for 15 hours per week between 9am-3pm and hold 5 office hours per week. You will get 3.1-3.4 mil won, 5 months vacation and a resettlement allowance.
- The Department of English Language and Literature needs teachers to teach 9 hours per week. You will get 3.3 mil won, 5 months vacation, and a 2 year contract.
- English Department: You'll get 3.4 mil won for teaching 9 hours per week.
- Instititue of International Education (IIE): you'll get 45,000 per hour and teach up to 25 hours a week. This is an hourly position.
- The Enrichment Program has you teach 18 hours per week. Salary starts at 2.3 and there's 450,000 given for housing.
- The IFLS (Institute of Foreign Language Studies) needs teachers to teach up 18 hours per week (15-16 hours on average). You'll get 3.5 mil won, roundtrip airfare, an E1 visa, and at least 8 weeks vacation, though teachers often get more vacation. On-campus housing available.
- Institute of International Education: For teaching 12 hours per week and holding 3 office hours you'll get 3.1 mil won, 8 weeks vacation, a 2 year contract and subsidized housing. Overtime is 30,000.
- College English Program requires you to have at least 5 years teaching experience. You'll teach 12 hours per week and hold 2 office hours. 2.972 mil won, with overtime being 35,000.
- College of Medicine you'll teach in the language institute and get 2.47 (BA) - 2.67 (MA) mil won. Hours aren't specified.
- English Teacher Education Centre (NU IETTP) trains Korean secondary public school teachers. You'll work 18 hours per week and get 3 mil won.
- Language Education Institute (LEI) pays 2.8 mil won.
- TEP Centre pays 2.8 mil won and requires people to help write, proofread, edit, and grade test items for TEPS and other tests.
- The Baird College and the Department of Language and Literature needs teachers to teach 15 hours per week. You'll get 3 mil won, 16 weeks vacation and a 2 year contract.
- The Department of English Language and Literature need people to teach either 12 or 15 hours per week. Pay is from 2.58 mil won - 3.1 mil won. Overtime is available at 30,000-50,000 won an hour. You can also earn 3-4 mil won during breaks. If you create a course you will get 1.5 mil won for doing so. You'll get a 2 year contract and 16 weeks vacation.
- English Language Institute: They pay about 3.46 mil won for 15 hours and give severance. MA required.
- International Office: They need someone to work Monday to Friday, from 9-5:30pm. You should have 3-5 years experience in a related field, a BA (preferably in Social Science, International Business, Business Admin, Marketing, or PR), and an MA (preferably in International Education, Student Affairs, International Relations/Studies). You will have to develop new partners for international collaboration, prepare reports, develop international programs, coordinate with departmental logistics, among others. Salary is pretty negotiable, but you should expect about 3.5 mil won, no housing, but you might be able to negotiate that. Only 15 days vacation. Contact email@example.com
- General English Department: They seem to have a high turnover and hires last minute.
- Department of English Language and Literature: They seem to be much better and more stable.
- Asan Public Schools: Located in Chungcheongnam-do, Asan public school jobs are great. You can apply to them through one of three
companies: Sunmoon University, Soonchunhyun University, or the AOE. If you
google one of those plus Asan public schools you'll be able to find past
adverts and get in touch with someone (ex. Sunmoon University Asan
public school). Pay is 2.1 (if you have a BA) or 2.4 (if you have an
MA). You'll work between 9am-4pm, which is better than other public
school programmes that are 8:30am-4:30pm. Anything over 20 hours per
week is paid at 25,000 an hour. Some people have earned up to an extra
900,000 a month. You might have to teach at more than one school though.
You'll get 300,000 for housing, 100,000 for travel, and 9 weeks of paid
vacation (most public schools give 4 weeks).
- Catholic Kwangdong University: Located in Gangneung City. You'll get 2.7 mil plus 300,000 for housing, and 14 weeks vacation for teaching 12 hours per week and keeping 6 office hours. They have a 2 year contract.
- Cheongju University: Located in Cheongju. You'll get 2.723 mil for teaching 12 hours per week and hold 2 office hours. You'll work 4 days per week. Housing is provided. You may work up to 6 hours of overtime, which is paid at 25,000-30,000 an hour. 4 months of vacation.
- Chosun University: Located in Gwangju. Their Language Education Institute pays about 2.6 mil for 12-14 hours of teaching a week. 2 yearly bonuses of 1 mil each are given as well. Their General Education College pays about 3.2 mil for 8 hours of teaching.
- Chungwoon University: Located in Chungnam. You'll be teaching 15 hours per week and get 2.5-3 mil won plus housing.
- *Daekyung University: Located in Gyeongsan. Teachers with a background in film, theatre, modelling, food preparation, dance, or sports are needed to teach 15 hours a week. Office hours are 9am-6pm. Pay ranges from 36-40 mil won. On campus housing or an allowance will be given. E2 visa holders will get severance, but E1 visa holders will not. If hired from abroad, airfare will be provided. You must work summer and winter camps. There is 2 weeks vacation in the summer and 2 in the winter.
- Dongguk University's Paramita College: Located in Gyeongju. For teaching 12 hours a week of credit courses, plus 1 addition course, and holding 2 office hours you will get 2.5 (BA) 2.65 (MA), or 2.8 (PhD) mil won a month plus 2 months vacation.
- *Global Prodigy Academy: Part of Jeonju University in Jeollabuk-do, GPA is a college prep international high school from grades 7-12. Licensed teachers and master degree holders preferred.You'll teach 20 hours per week plus 3 hours of sports. Pay is 2.25 mil won - 3 mil won. 8 weeks of vacation in summer and winter and a studio apartment.
- *GnB (Girls and Boys): This is a huge chain and they often get a bad rep, but some of them are good. The one in Daun-dong, Ulsan has a very low turnover. The director is fantastic and she backs her teachers up. You'll get 2.4 mil won plus housing. They pay national health insurance, but may not be paying pension.
- Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST): You'll get 3.41 mil won plus severance for teaching 12 hours of credit courses or 9 hours plus 6 hours at the one-on-one clinic. You may have to teach 2 workshops (90-120 minutes) per semester. On campus housing and a private office. I wasn't going to add this school because I was told that they got rid of all their teachers in order to hire new ones at a lower salary. Hopefully things have changed!
- Gyeongname Provincial Namhae College: They need teachers to teach 12 hours a week. Pay is 2.7 mil won a month and overtime is 35,000 an hour. Housing is provided.
- Hallym University: Located in Gangwon-do you'll be teaching 15 hours per week and get 3 mil a month.
- Handong Global University: Located in Pohang. It's a very Christian university. It says "God's University" on the front of the admin building. One of your references will have to be from a pastor and they require teachers to sign statements of faith. You'll teach 16 hours per week and get 38.2-39.9 mil plus housing, 16 weeks vacation and airfare.
- Hannam University. Located in Daejeon.
- The Linton Global College needs teachers to teach 9 hours a week. You'll get 24-51 mil won, an E1 visa, and housing. Christian university.
- The Department of English Language and Literature needs teachers to teach 9-12 hours per week. You'll get 2.75-3.75 mil plus 5 months vacation. Overtime is 24,200 per hour. They have a publish or perish rule: it has to be in a KCI journal and you'll get 1-2 mil per publication. You will get housing and a relocation allowance up to 2 mil won.
- The General Education Department needs teachers to teach 12-18 hours per week. You'll get 2.75-3.75 mil plus 5 months vacation.
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