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Korea ranks second on the global education index

Notorious for the amount spent on higher education, Korea reaps the rewards ranking second out of 50 countries by Pearson Education on a new global education index called the Learning Curve.


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Do you offer contracts for less than 12 months?

The standard contract is for 12 months, this includes free accommodation, a fee round trip flight and a month bonus on completion of your contract. If you wanted to leave before the 12 months then you would have to fund the flight home yourself, you would not get the month bonus pay and in some cases you may have to refund airfare which the school paid for you to come out to Korea.  

Do you accept mature teachers?
We mainly recruit for private schools (hagwons) and they are generally only looking to hire teachers under the age of 40. While it is possible to find you a position, your chances are much smaller than those under the age of 40.

Which locations do you recruit for?

Around 70% of our schools are located in a city called Cheongju. It is located in the centre of Korea about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Seoul by bus. It has a population of around 700,000 people and there is a close knit foreign crowd so it is very easy to make friends. The city has 5 universities so it is young and vibrant and being located in the center of Korea it is good for travel around Korea and to mountains, rivers and ski resorts on the winter. Our business is based here so we will be around to help you out and can introduce you to the foreign crowd

Here are a couple of links about Cheong Ju:

The rest of our schools are located in numerous locations around the country so if you have somewhere you’d like to be based then let us know and we’ll try our best to accommodate your needs.

Do you provide orientation or training?

Please read our section on arrival in Korea

Is Korea a dangerous place?

Korea is one of the safest countries in the world with very little street crime so you can rest at ease wandering through the streets at night.

Should I be worried about the conflict with North Korea?

After the end of the Korean War in 1953 North and South Korea signed an armistice agreeing to end all fighting but the absence of a peace treaty means the countries are still technically at war. While there have been several skirmishes since, attacks from the North have been political as opposed to provocative with the general consensus being that it remains in neither countries’ interest, nor their allies, to return fighting so the stalemate continues. Actually living in Korea you will hear less about a potential war with North Korea from the newspapers than you do living in your home country.

Can I apply with a friend or partner?

Please read our section on couples

Can I teach private lessons?

It used to be the case that E2 visa holders were prohibited from teaching private classes and could only work at their registered school. However, in 2011 the law changed allowing E2 visa holders to teach in more than one workplace. This means that your E2 visa allows you to work legally in several schools, however, there a couple of restrictions you should be aware of. First of all you will need to clear additional work with your director. It is highly likely they will refuse to allow you work for another school, especially if that school is located in close proximity to your primary workplace. Additionally, teaching students privately at their own home is absolutely prohibited; all teachers in Korea (including Korean nationals) need a special license to do this legally and must be registered at the tax office.

Should you get caught breaching visa restrictions then you run the risk of a large fine, deportation or even imprisonment.

Do I need vaccinations before traveling to Korea?

Please read our section on vaccinations

Do you offer any help settling in when I arrive?

Please read our section arrival in Korea

How much money will I need bring with me?

Please read our section on things to bring

Can I only apply at certain times of the year?

Positions are available all year round; we try our best to find our applicants jobs starting within 2 months of their desired start date.  

How do I set up a bank account in Korea?

Please read our section on banking

I’ve heard about some horror stories in Korea, are they true?

Please read about our section about workplace culture

What is the dress code in schools?

Please read our section on dress codes


We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your questions below feel free to email us or use our queries from:

I don’t have a degree can I still apply?

Unfortunately Korean law does not allow teachers to apply for an E2 teaching visa unless they hold BA degree from one of the listed countries: UK, US, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. If you are unable to obtain a visa then unfortunately we cannot help you find a job.

How long does the procedure take?

Once you have all your documents we aim to find you a position starting within 3-8 weeks. Colleting your documents depends on the country you are applying from and can take anywhere between 1 day to 16 weeks. Please read our section on the process to find out more.

I’m not a national of one of the seven listed countries can I still apply?

Korean law does not allow teachers to apply for an E2 teaching visa unless they hold a passport from one of the listed countries: UK, US, Canada, Ireland Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. If you are unable to obtain a visa then unfortunately we cannot help you find a job.