Teach English in Korea – Get ready for the adventure of a life time!
Step 1 to teach in Korea – Fill out our application form to apply to teach in Korea.
Step 2 to teach in Korea – Gather your E2 visa documents needed to legally teach in Korea
Step 3 to teach in Korea – get TEFL (Optional but preferred by employers)
Step 4 to teach in Korea – Interview process
Step 5 to teach in Korea – Mail your E2 visa documents to Korea to start the E2 visa process
Step 6 to teach in Korea – Send your additional E2 visa documents to your nearest Korean embassy to get your E2 visa need to teach in Korea.
Step 1 – Fill out the application form
To apply teach in Korea, click here.
If we feel you will be a good fit for one of our teaching jobs in Korea, we will contact you.
Step 2 – Gather your E2 visa documents
Once we have contacted you, you can start getting your documents needed to teach English in Korea.
All Canadians who want to teach English in Korea will need to get these documents ready.
* It will take about 3 weeks for you to get them ready. Please remember the visa process takes an additional 3-4 weeks.
1. Notarized photocopy of your Bachelor degree notarized by the Korean Consulate
First you will take your original diploma to a notary public or lawyer. They will give you a notarized photocopy of your original diploma (This is so you don’t have to send your original diploma to Korea in the mail).
Then you will need to take your notarized photocopy of your original diploma to your nearest Korean Consulate to get it notarized as well. If you live close by, you can take it in person but if not you will have to mail it in. You will need to give them: the notarized photocopy of your original, 1 sets of university transcripts and the fee.
If you mail your documents, please send them by FEDEX and include a FEDEX self addressed package for them to send your documents back. This way they will not get lost. You will receive a tracking number.
When you receive you notarized photocopy of your original diploma make sure it has been notarized by the Korean consulate.
To see a sample of the notarized photocopy of the original diploma needed to teach English in Korea, click here.
To see a sample of the notarized photocopy of the original diploma that has also been notarized by the Korean embassy needed to teach English in Korea, click here.
2. Original RCMP criminal record check notarized by the Korean Consulate (Do not send a photocopy of your RCMP check)
First you will order an RCMP criminal record check. To go to their website, click here.
Just follow the steps on the website. Let the RCMP know that you need a photo in the middle of your RCMP check.
Note: This is NOT a police check from your local police station!
Once you receive your RCMP criminal record check, you will have to get in notarized at your nearest Korean Consulate as well.
You can take it your nearest Korean Consulate in person or if you are too far away, you will mail it in.
If you decide to mail it, please send it by FEDEX and include a self addressed return envelope also by FEDEX.
Once you get your RCMP criminal record check back, make sure it has been notarized by the Korean Consulate.
(The RCMP criminal record check can’t be older than 6 months. Your criminal record check must be clean to teach in Korea.)
To see a sample of the RCMP criminal record check needed to teach English in Korea, click here.
To see the RCMP criminal record check that has been notarized by the Korean embassy needed to teach English in Korea, click here.
3. 2 sets of university transcripts (sealed and stamped in an envelope. Do not open!)
To teach in Korea, order 2 sets of transcripts from your university. Transcripts are your university grades for each course you took in university.
4. Health form
To teach English in Korea, print and fill out the health form.
5. Consul’s checklist
To teach English in Korea, print and fill out the consul’s checklist.
6. Passport photos
To teach English in Korea, get 6 passport photos professionally taken.
7. Signed contract
To teach English in Korea, print a copy of your signed contract that you will get after you have a job. Each page should be initialed and the last page signed.
8. Photocopy of your passport I.D page
To teach English in Korea, get a photocopy of your passport I.D page. It has to be very clear and in colour.
9. Visa Issuance Form (Fill out 1-6 only).
To teach in Korea, fill out the visa issuance form. To get the visa issuance form, click here.
Step 3 – get TEFL (Optional but preferred by employers)
Most employers want to hire teachers with the 120 hour TEFL course.
TEFL certification helps when negotiating your salary and job placement. Teachers with TEFL get jobs in more exclusive locations and often make more money. Plus you really do need the right teaching skills to keep your job.
If you are not ready to sign up for the 120 hour TEFL right now, you can take our 20 hour TEFL course and then easily upgrade to the 120 hour TEFL course when you are ready.
To get TEFL, click here.
* Our TEFL courses are often full so please try to book your spot in advance or you could end up on our waiting list.
Step 4 – Interview process
Once you are close to having your documents ready, we will suggest a job for you.
You need to get your documents ready first so we can accurately determine when you can start.
We will set up an interview for you and a school.
If you are accepted, we will send you a contract.
If you are happy with the contract, you will sign it and return it to us.
Step 5 – Mail your documents to Korea
Once you have returned your signed contract to us, you will send your documents to your school’s address in Korea by FEDEX. Your documents must arrive to Korea within 5 days.
You will need to mail the following documents:
1. Notarized photocopy of Original Diploma notarized by the Korean Embassy (Send Originals)
2. RCMP criminal record check notarized by the Korean Embassy (Send Originals)
3. One set of University Transcripts (sealed and stamped in an envelope)
4. Health statement Form (click here)
5. Photocopy of the information pages of your passport (do NOT send the actual passport)
6. 2 standard passport photos (must be taken within the last six months)
7. a copy of your resume, signed and containing your current contact information
8. a signed copy of your contract
9. Visa Issuance form (click here)
Once you have sent your documents, please send me your tracking number.
Your employer will receive your documents and apply for your visa number at the immigration office. This will take 1-2 weeks.
Once your visa number is ready, we will send it to you by email.
Call your nearest Korean embassy and find out what documents they will need with your visa number.
* It is important to call your nearest Korean embassy and ask about what you need to prepare because each Korean embassy asks for a slightly different version of the documents.
Step 6 – Send documents to nearest Korean embassy
Once you get your visa number, you will need to go in person or mail the additional the documents to your nearest Korean embassy.
Here are the additional documents that are usually requested:
1. The E-2 Teaching Visa Application form completed. Attach the Visa Issuance Number at the top of the form. To get the Visa application form, click here.
2. Passport – make sure it is signed, has at least 6 months validity on it and there is a minimum one empty page on it
3. Photo – 2 standard passport sized photo. Please ensure they are in color and are not more than six months old.
4. Confirmation of Visa Issuance Number: Fill in this number at the top of application form.
5. 1 set of sealed and stamped University transcripts – stamped across the seal
6. Consul’s Checklist – To get the Consul’s Checklist, click here.
7. A fee
If you mail your documents, please make sure you send them by FEDEX and include a self address FEDEX package so you can get your documents back quickly.
Once the Korean embassy receives your documents, they will process your visa number which takes 5-10 days.
Then you will get your visa and we can go ahead and book your flight.
To teach in Korea, you need to be patience as the documents can take a bit of time.
You will be required to take a drug test when you get to Korea. It will screen you for any illegal drugs and HIV. If you fail this test, your visa will be evoked and you will be required to pay your own flight home.