Section One: General

To be eligible for a visa to teach English  in South Korea you will need citizenship from the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or  South Africa, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree and a clear Criminal  Background Check.

You do not need teaching experience nor any teaching certifications to be eligible for a position in South Korea.  A TEFL or TESOL certification is not legally required to teach in South Korea but some schools do prefer it.

No, the expectation in class will be to provide an immersive environment to learn English so teachers will not be expected to communicate with the students in Korean. 

The main hiring periods take place in March, June, September, and December.  We recommend applying six months before your intended start date.

Friends and couples can apply together all the time, just fill out separate applications on our website and let us know who you are using during your interview.

Regarding pets, it  is possible as long as the owner of the housing/ accommodations allow for it.  However, candidates that would like to bring a pet will have limited options.

Masks are no longer required in Korea.

If you are on a visa like a D-2 you need to call immigration as the steps will vary depending on the visa history of each individual.

Section Two: Employment Conditions

The general starting pay ranges between 2.1-2.5 million Korean won per month for first-year teachers and housing support is provided in addition to this base salary.   In general, you can expect cost of living to be 1.3 ~1.8 million KRW allowing for teachers to  live off their salary and save money.

The teaching visa is valid for a year which is why all contracts are for a year. You can stay longer as long as you obtain a renewed contract or new contract and renew your teaching visa.

Yes, housing/housing deposit will be included in your contract. You also have the option to choose your place. There are two different potential types of housing, either a loft or a studio. 

Loft Apartment Tour

The schedule varies depending on the age group you choose. There are eight working hours per day including prep time Monday through Friday. Kindergarten hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. After-school academies that cater to young elementary typically operate from 12 pm to 8 pm and those that cater to upper elementary and Middle School operate from 2:00 pm to  10:00 pm.


At KOLARIS, we ensure a smooth and stress-free relocation to Korea through our comprehensive and FREE services:

  1. Personalized Visa Assistance: Receive 1:1 step-by-step guidance throughout the entire visa process, ensuring all your paperwork and requirements are handled efficiently.
  2. Tailored Job Matching: Experience the convenience of interviewing only once with us. We then match you with our partnered schools that best align with your priorities and preferences.
  3. Comprehensive Support: Benefit from our thorough preparation support, covering everything from your departure to your eventual return home. We’re with you every step of the way.
  4. Intercultural Competence Resources: Prepare for culture shock and learn to navigate Korean society with ease through our  intercultural competence packet. This ensures you can interact confidently and comfortably in your new environment.

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