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10 Steps to Korea

The process of applying for a job in Korea can be broken down into easy steps, rather than just looking at it as one overwhelming task. Our team at Teach ESL Korea will walk you through each individual stage and be on hand to answer any questions that may come up or help with any obstacles that may arise. You can familiarize yourself with the steps below, to know exactly what to expect. From the moment you apply, up until your contract completion, we will be her to help guide you through this adventure.



Our website was designed to provide as much valuable information as possible and is continuing to grow with more. Be sure to review the information we have provided, including the FAQ's that we've compiled from applicants such as yourself. Use the SEARCH button on top of each page to quickly access any information you are looking for.


Submit your application

Once you have had the chance to review all of the information on our website, the next step is to submit an application. We review all incoming information to make sure the applicant qualifies and assign them to our Teacher Representatives (TRs). Your TR will contact you once they review your file and to understand what to focus on in your job search.


Job Search

Once your Teacher Representatives gains a better understanding on the type of location and job you are looking for, they will be able to start sending your file to potential schools in Korea. If a school is interested in hiring you as a teacher, a phone or Skype interview will be arranged through your TR. This stage can very in length, depending on how specific your job and location requirements are and your qualifications as a ESL teacher.



If a school is happy with your interview, they will send your a contract offer. You will usually have 24-48 hours to give them your decision, as they might have other applicants who they are considering. Your Teacher Representative will help you review the contract and make sure the terms are fair. If you're satisfied, you will be asked to sign and send back a scanned photocopy of the contract to the school. Congratulations, you're on your way to Korea!

Sample Contracts


E2 Visa Process

After you accept and sign a contract with a school, your Teacher Representative will introduce you to our Visa Team. The visa team will help you navigate through the E2 visa process, by sending you detailed instructions at each stage. They will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, give tips on the process and make sure you are keeping to the timeline. 


flight arrangments

Once your E2 visa in hand (and sometimes before), your flight can be arranged. Your school will reimburse you for the cost of a one-way flight to Korea or in some cases will purchase the flight for you. Your Visa Representative and your School Representative will help you find and book a suitable flight on the desired arrival date. You will also receive detailed instructions on what to expect when you arrive at the Incheon International Airport in Korea, as well as any other information, such as training and expectations.


Arrival in Korea

When you meet with your director or school contact in Korea, they will bring you to your new apartment and bring you to the school to meet the other staff. You may or may not have formal or informal training to attend before teaching regular classes. Once your training is complete, you will be ready to start teaching on your own.

What to expect on arrival


Register at immigration

This is the last formal step in the E2 visa process. You will have 90 days to complete your Medical Health Exam and apply for the Alien Registration Card (ARC) at the immigration office. Most teachers complete these steps as quickly as possible, as the ARC is required to set up a phone and open a bank account. Your director or co-teacher will help you at this stage.

Alien Registration Card


Support Network

Now that you're settled into your job and apartment, we will connect you to our team of teachers in your city and across Korea. We will organize events, such as group dinners, hikes, nights out and more! We will also continue to be here to support you during your time in Korea and we hope to hear from you as well!


Contract completion

A year goes by quicker than you think, and before you know it, you'll be having to decide if you would like to stay another year at your school, go home, or search for a new ESL placement in Korea or maybe China. Let us know if we can be part of your new adventure and be sure to stay in touch, whether it be through our Blog, our Facebook group, or our Newsletter!

Contract Complete - What now?
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