ELIGIBILITY

Teaching in Korea is an amazing opportunity with terrific benefits, career potential, and longevity. However unfortunately not everyone has the qualifications to do so. Here are the minimum requirements for anyone wanting to become an English teacher in Korea:

Must have studied from 7th grade until university in one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada*
  • South Africa**
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Ireland

*For EPIK, those who received their education in Quebec must submit schooling letter(s) saying said applicant has had at a minimum from grade 7-university their schooling taught in English. See required documents for more information.

**For EPIK, those who received their education in South Africa must submit schooling letter(s) saying said applicant has had at a minimum from grade 7-university their schooling taught in English. See required documents for more information.

In order to teach in South Korea (and thus receive an E2 visa) one must have received at least a bachelors degree. Other degrees such as honors, masters, or doctorate are of course fine, but as explained in required documents, the main focus (at least at first) will be on your bachelors). You do not need to have completed your degree upon applying, however you will still be required to submit a letter of graduation along with your documents (when applying for your visa) and will be expected to submit the degree upon receiving and processing as soon as possible.

Associates degrees or any other 2 year (or less) degrees do not make one qualify for teaching English in Korea.

In order to teach in Korea one must have a clean criminal record check. Any major misdemeanors will immediately disqualify a candidate. Minor traffic violations do not apply to this. Any alcohol or substance-related traffic offense or theft, even in the distant past, will not be eligible.

For EPIK the age limit upon finishing a 12 month contract is 62. Hagwons do not technically have an age limit. However the trend for hagwons in Korea typically is looking for younger applicants, ideally straight out of college. This does not mean anyone older than that would have trouble getting a hagwon job. Some hagwons are just more specific than others in the qualities that they are looking for in their prospective teachers.