Getting a university job teaching in Korea?
I’m most interested in applying for any and all public school job openings you have. I’m currently teaching at a hagwon in Paju, and my contract ends Nov. 1, so I would like to know how to submit myself for jobs that begin in September. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to working together.
It’s best of for you to apply to the Seoul and other city public jobs here. https://www.eslteachingonline.com/teach-in-seoul-public-schools-choose-elementary-middle-or-high-school/ You’ll need a TEFL certificate + degree +CBC + health Check to work in the Korean public schools program. Thanks and best of luck! P.S How do you like living in Paju?
Is it an American CBC or Korean one I need to apply to Seoul jobs? Paju is fine, but I’m sensitive to air quality, and it seems to always be worse here than Seoul and other areas south of me. So I’d like to relocate for my health and to be in a livelier city with more amenities.
It would be a US FBI criminal background check. If you’re applying for any public school job in Korea, you’ll need it done. Since you’re transferring from a hagwon on an E2 visa transfer, you may not need it. Best to apply first. Interesting point about the Paju pollution. Say away from the western part of Seoul area like Incheon and Bucheon. The pollution levels are higher there due to factories. Are you open to hagwon jobs or just public school at this point? I don’t believe the intake for public school jobs is until late August.
Actually, I’m interested in Korean uni jobs, ultimately; I have a master’s in English. But those jobs are really hard to get, and they don’t count hagwon experience, which is why I’d like to shift to public schools if I can’t get a uni job. I apply to every one that comes up, to no avail
What’s your current hagwon like?
For now, I’m spoiled by the hours (2-6 pm or 2-8 pm, with long breaks and free staff meals) the ease (pre-made lesson plans) and great staff relationships at my current hagwon, and I’m afraid if I tried another hagwon, my location would improve, but all of the above would get worse! I don’t desire the stress of all of the above getting worse. Still, as I mentioned, I’ll have to leave for my health nonetheless … Thanks for the advice on Incheon and Bucheon — I’d been considering those cities! My contract is up in late September, which is why I’m looking at fall-intake jobs.
Yes, you’re better off getting a university job. Even if it’s in a smaller city, cleaner city. Might be even easier than getting hired by EPIK. Sounds like you’ve got a good hagwon job, which is good to hear. I hear a lot of negativity from teachers… A word about Korea… I spent 9 years there and the pollution didn’t bother me. However, last year I went back for a trip and I could really feel it… Here’s a link to the university jobs and college in Korea… I don’t recruit for them, but you might want to build out a list and start contacting them now for their next hiring season. https://www.eslteachingonline.com/?s=korea+university
Do uni recruiters even exist?? I absolutely believe that getting a uni job might be easier than getting into EPIK — it’s such a slog to apply to the latter, I tried last year and failed! Anyway, thanks again for your words of wisdom and well wishes 🙂
I’ve positioned instructors to universities in Korea and China for fees, but they were not uninterested. They’ve got plenty of applicants, except for the colleges far from the bigger cities.The best opportunities are when a teacher doesn’t show up a week or two before classes start. It’s really a networking game I believe… Networking on this FB page might get you insight and/or a recommendation from a friend.
Getting Your E2 Teaching Visa In Korea – Documents Needed
I will send you a copy of your teaching contract in Korea. Then you will need to sign it and scan it back to me.
Please send these documents to me by courier like Fedex or DHL after you acquired or filled in.
1. An apostilled original criminal background check
2. A apostilled copy of diploma
3. A signed self medical check (attached)
4. A signed contract
5. 2 pictures of the applicant (Passport picture sized)
6. A copy of your passport (the passport has to be 6 month valid at least)
7. A resume
8. An application for confirmation of visa issuance. (attached).
Please leave the blanks from part 8.(Please do not sign anywhere after Part 8)
If you are unsure of anything leave it blank.
Please send these by FEDEX. Because it is the fastest and safest way.
I do not want the postal delivery service to lose your documents. This could be a big problem.
Also, let me know the tracking number after you send them to me by FEDEX
After this procedure, I will give you a visa number (It takes about one or two weeks to be done by Immigration.) and Hakwon information. You can take this information to your neighboring Korean Consulate to apply for your Visa.
What’s it like to teach English in Korea?
Korea! It’s a no-brainer. Free apartment, Flight, 1 Month Contract completion bonus, equal to 1 months’ salary. Health insurance 50/50, Pension 50/50 paid by employer.
Most popular country for teachers who want to earn good starting salaries of $1,900 USD per month with tax rates of 6.6%.
Fastest internet connection in the world. You can use Facebook and Google (unlike in China where you have to proxy in via a VPN). Such an annoyance.
Plenty of opportunities to teach private lessons for up to $45 USD per hour just for having a conversation with a Korean adult. (although it’s technically illegal).
Easy to jump on a cheap flight to the Philippines or Thailand for 5 days. Plenty of things to do in Korea.
Very safe place to live. Koreans are crazy about learning English and meeting foreigners.
The only downside is it’s Asia so air is not clean and Korean has winter (although limited snow compared to Canada or parts of the US.
Overall, Korea is your bang for your buck. You’ll earn, save, travel and have fun and return home after a 12 month teaching term with money in your pocket, experience and it’ll change your life. Contact me if you’re interested in a teaching job there.