At a Glance: Teaching English in Korea

At a Glance: Teaching English in Korea

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 in the world, 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.

Living and Teaching in Korea
Korea: At a Glance
Korea: Living in Korea
Korea: Teaching ESL in Korea
Korea: Financial Snapshot
Monthly Salary*:
2 - 3 million KRW
2,030 - 3,040 CAD (May 22, 2023)
Private Tutoring per Hour:
20,000 - 75,000 KRW
20.25 - 76.00 CAD (May 22, 2023)
Income Tax††: 9 - 12%
Ability to Save per year: 12,000 - 23,000 CAD
Airfare: Reimbursement (full or partial) usually given
Accommodations: Usually included or allowance given
Health Care: Included
Holidays: Paid
Teaching Hours per Week: 22 - 30
Typical Contract Length: One year
Typical Start Month(s): August/September, February/March, or year round
Application Timeline: 2 - 6 months
Work Visa: Employer sponsors
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's Degree and Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
Additional Notes: Private tutoring is forbidden in most contracts; medical coverage will not start until you are legally registered in the country, which can take 30-90 days; public schools strongly prefer at least 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 (though to do so legally you would need special permission from immigration).

The combination of Oxford Seminars' internationally recognized TESOL/TESL Certification and our Job Placement Service included with the course makes teaching English abroad a reality. Learn more about teaching English in Korea and other opportunities teaching English abroad by calling 1-888-227-6755, 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 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.