Private schools in Korea, also called “hagwons”, are privately run institutions, that teach all of the core subjects, including Math, Science, Social Studies, as well as specialized studies, like art, sports, dance, and of course, English. Some hagwons teach all of these subjects, and others are exclusive to one. If you are interviewing for a position with a private academy, make sure to find out if it’s a general education hagwon or an English hagwon.​

Do you want to apply private school? If so, before you apply to private school, please read the following process timeline. It will help you to prepare and better understand the process of applying for hagwons.

Step 1. Apply to HandSKorea.

Applicants must send their resume to main.hsk@hotmail.com. If the applicant is suitable, one of our recruiters will contact the applicant about an individual interview session to help decide which positions are best for the candidate.

Step 2. Send your resume to Private school.

After HandSKorea contacts the applicant and the applicant fills out the application, we will send the application to the private school. Once the private school accepts the application, the private school will schedule an interview with the applicant.

Step 3. Interview with Private school interviewer.

Private school interviewer will contact the applicant to do the interview. The entire interview may take 35 to 40 minutes.

The decision for acceptance can be made immediately or can take up to 1 week or more.

Step 4. Job offer (Get a contract through the email)

Once the private school has agreed to hire the applicant, the applicant will receive a contract via email. Depending on the urgency of the school’s deadline to hire an English teacher, the applicant may be requested to review and sign the contract ASAP. This can be processed in a few days or even on the same day, depending on the applicant’s decision.

Step 5. Send required documents to HandS Korea.

Once all the pages of the signed contract is scanned and sent via email to Hands Korea, the applicant will also need to send all the required documents stated in the Document Checklist using an express postal service (preferably FEDEX or DHL) to the HandS Korea office.  Please ask for a mail tracking number and send that via email to HandS Korea.

Step 6. Get VCN (VISA CONFIRMATION NUMBER)

Please call or visit the website of the nearest Korean Consulate/Embassy for information on submitting the visa application and any additional documents, as each Korean Consulate/Embassy requirements may slightly vary. It will take approximately ten days for the Korean Immigration Office (In Korea) to process the submitted documents for a Visa Confirmation (Application) Number. The VCN along with the school information will be sent from HandS Korea via email.  This information will allow the applicant to fill out the rest of the visa application. The applicant should receive his/her VCN via email within around two weeks of sending his/her documents to Hands Korea.

Step 7. Apply for VISA and prepare for the VISA interview

After submitting the visa application, please get some rest and prepare the required documents for the Korean Consulate/Embassy. The applicant will be responsible for setting a visa interview with the Korean Consulate/Embassy.

Step 8. Get a Booking for your one-way ticket

When the applicant obtains his/her VISA, he/she must book a one-way plane ticket to South Korea. While the ticket’s cost must be paid upfront by the teacher, the airfare will be reimbursed by the school within 30 days upon arrival to Korea.

Step 9. Start to work.

Wow! Finally, YOU are officially a private academy teacher! Congratulations! You will gain great experiences from teaching in Korea!

Private schools in Korea, also called “hagwons”, are privately run institutions, that teach all of the core subjects, including Math, Science, Social Studies, as well as specialized studies, like art, sports, dance, and of course, English. Some hagwons teach all of these subjects, others are exclusive to one. If you are interviewing for a position with a private academy, make sure to find out if it’s a general education hagwon or an English hagwon.​ In a private academy, teachers are typically teaching by themselves, albeit with class sizes that are much smaller than public schools. Most hagwon classes are under 12 students. A course outline and syllabus are usually provided, as well as all the necessary teaching materials for the entire year, which means that very little time is needed for lesson planning. Most hagwon teachers are very busy however, as there are typically around 5-6 classes per day. There is usually a period at the beginning of each day where teachers will sit at their desk or office, and plan out the day, and after that, there is a full day of teaching, with 10 minute breaks in between classes. Although hagwon teachers are teaching more classes per week than their public school counterparts, one of the benefits of working at a hagwon is a much smaller class sizes, which makes it easier to interact with and get to know students. On average, hagwon students, possess a much higher level of English-speaking ability than general public school students, meaning that communication is less of a problem in the classroom. 

Contract Period

1 year contract

Working area

City areas

Working hours 

Monday – Friday,    2 PM-10 PM

Teaching & Working hours

30 hours teaching hours,  40 hours working hours (per week)

Time Detail