• South Korea
    • Seoul
    • Busan
    • Gwangju
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood

Program Details

  • Native English speaker
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Citizenship in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, or the United Kingdom
  • A commitment to 12 months of employment
  • TEFL certification is required for public schools and strongly recommended for private schools (CIEE’s 150-hour TEFL certification course is included in the Teach in South Korea program fee)
  • Applications must be 52 years of age or younger in order to receive a work visa
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood
Weekly Classroom Hours
Age Max


Salary / Benefits
- Competitive monthly salary of 2.0 million to 2.7 million won
- Rent-free studio apartment from your employer
- Contract completion bonus (1 month's salary)
- Schools either buy or reimburse a one-way ticket
- Health Insurance
Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Airfare Airport Transfers Travel Insurance
Dec 13, 2021
Jan 28, 2022
42 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

South Korea offers you the opportunity to gain teaching experience and see the world while earning a competitive salary and enjoying rent-free housing. This is a great choice for someone getting ready for a teaching career, or someone who wants to work abroad while paying off student loans, for example. Placements are available in major urban areas throughout Korea, including greater Seoul!

CIEE's Teach Abroad program will get you ready with our 150 hour TEFL Certification and Teacher Preparation course, as well as assistance with applications and job interviews. Before you go, you'll discuss cultural considerations as well as practicalities so you know what to expect, and you'll have a safety net of support from our in-country team.

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Program Highlights

  • Job placement
  • Enrollment in a CIEE 150-hour TEFL certification course
  • Pre-departure assistance – including visa assistance
  • One year of iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • Networking weekend in Seoul with other teachers

Current Teaching Jobs

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Program Reviews

8.61 Rating
based on 105 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 70.48%
  • 7-8 rating 24.76%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0.95%
  • 1-2 rating 3.81%
  • Benefits 8.5
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 8.6
  • Facilities 8.2
  • Safety 9.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a Lifetime!

I've been in working and living in South Korea for 5 months, and it's been a wonderful experience so far. CIEE really helped me set up realistic expectations for what the work environment would be like here, what is expected of English teachers in general, and what the biggest uphill battles would be. Even though adjusting to a new culture has come with plenty of big changes, I've felt prepared for all of it, and it really helps knowing that there's a network of folks from CIEE available to talk to and come to for support.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure you form friendships with your coworkers and people in the community, as well as other people from CIEE! A lot of teachers here seem to use Bumble for making friends. If you end up in a more metropolitan area, like Seoul, you might end up making friends from all over the world! (Also, no matter where you end up in Korea, I highly recommend taking a trip to Busan!! The city has something for everyone)
29 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

We're so glad you're having a positive experience teaching abroad and feel supported by CIEE. Thanks for sharing your insights!

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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE - Reliable & Communicative

This is my second time going abroad with CIEE and my experience with them has been nothing but positive.

I am in my first year teaching and I did not graduate with a degree in education. Moving across the country during a pandemic to step into something you've never properly done before, is a lot to handle. CIEE was very helpful and communicative with each step of the process. The in-country support is also so valuable and reassuring to have. When confronted with any issue I can go to them with trust.

26 people found this review helpful.
Response from CIEE Teach Abroad & TEFL

We're so glad we have the opportunity to help you have another adventure abroad. Thank you for your confidence in CIEE and let us know if we can support you in any way.

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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE is worth the time and money!

I am a first year teacher with a degree unrelated to education. The program provides you with plenty of useful information that will help you build teaching skills. I was very nervous about teaching at a foreign school without any serious teaching background. I will be honest, I was thrown to the wolves my first day teaching, but the program provided me with enough knowledge to succeed. My first week was a bit rough getting used to things and the responsibility of teaching these young students. It worked out great and I've enjoyed my time in Korea. My favorite thing about CIEE is the continuous in-country support. You can definitely find cheaper ways to teach abroad but I think the extra money is well worth it. I know that if there are any issues or concerns, I have contacts here, which is important if you're going to a new country alone.

What was your funniest moment?
I would say my funniest moment was going into a library thinking it was the health center. More embarrassing than funny. However, my students give me funny moments everyday.
28 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

My experience has been incredible in some ways and a challenge in others. It has been challenging to step out of my comfort zone and adapt to a new culture that has so many facets to engage in, e.g. language, customs, etc. However, my school has been a blessing and a great place to work at. They have proffered a mountain of support and genuine care, from teaching me the ropes to checking on my well-being.

As for the CIEE, I have received a plethora of resources and support from the team. I have also recently had an amazing trip meeting with fellow CIEE teachers and staff. It has been one of my favorite memories in South Korea thus far. Overall, I am grateful and happy with my experience— thank you, CIEE!

30 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teach in South Korea

I have been very happy with my choice to go abroad with CIEE so far. I am currently in South Korea, a few months into my program, and CIEE has continued to support me even once I arrived. I applied to the EPIK program through CIEE and during that entire application process I had constant support and communication through an advisor. CIEE looked over my application and additional materials to make sure I was as prepared as possible. Although it might be a bit pricey, with the TEFL certification included, it was well worth the price in my opinion because they act as a security network if you need it. Also you gain a certification which you can use anywhere and anytime. Once you arrive in Korea there is also an orientation where you can meet other English teachers in the program.

What would you improve about this program?
One thing I would like is to have more activities for teachers throughout the year once we arrive in Korea. We have the orientation but it would be cool if CIEE could organize some group trips occasionally.
62 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

I am so happy I decided to apply to teach overseas through ciee. They provided so much support and when I got to my country I was able to meet a lot of amazing people because of ciee. I think the TEFL program really prepared me for teaching. I’m thankful for my job placement and the coordinator for Korea is great. I had a wonderful time at the ciee orientation. I think it’s great that ciee offers orientation and other events for teachers as it can be hard moving to a foreign country on your own when you don’t speak the language or know anyone there.

60 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Namyangju

My experience in Korea has been very good with the CIEE program. Before I even left from the US, CIEE was right there to help me with everything I needed. They helped me get my TEFL as well as my Visa. The TEFL program was amazing and the teachers work really closely with you if you have any questions or concerns. When I arrived to Korea, they arranged for me to have transportation from the airport to my city which was great because the guide made sure to help me get where I needed to be. The overall experience has been really good so I highly recommend CIEE as anyone’s program of choice for teaching abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
So far, I wouldn’t change anything. CIEE has really gone above and beyond for their teachers.
60 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Korea Review

CIEE is easy to work with throughout the process. One big strength of CIEE is there connections throughout Korea. They seem to have access and work with contacts throughout Korea. When I was in America I found it easy to work with CIEE to get the necessary documents in order to teach here. They helped me throughout that process quite a lot. One note I would say about CIEE is having the orientation three weeks into Korea is to late, as by then much of the information is repetitive. If I have needed any help from CIEE these past few months I found it easily. I have enjoyed working with CIEE and would recommend them for similar teaching positions for people. As CIEE is important to provide the necessary contacts and help to get around. I enjoy CIEE and believe that they would be useful for those who are new into the international teaching field.

61 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Yes, you need at least a bachelor's degree in any subject to teach abroad.

So you can start applying in May, but unless it's for a special program it's not always necessary. You can easily wait until after graduation to apply to schools (one less thing to worry about at that time). Korean schools, hagwon (private academy)'s tend to hire at the end of every term. So the hiring process is fairly constant. To complete the visa and hiring process you do need your diploma to...

Unfortunatley you cannot teach English in a Korea if you are not from an English speaking country. Schools seek individuals from a limited amount of countries, all of which are English speaking countries. However, South Africans can get an E-2 (teaching) visa.

I was told that you could not bring pets, nor were you allowed to get a pet once you were here. However, I have heard of several instances where teachers got pets in Korea. I think it might depend on your area and living situation because I'm sure some landlords will not allow it.