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.
Teach English Korea: Step 1 – Fill out the application form to teach English in Korea
To apply to teach English 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 preparing your documents needed to teach English in Korea.
All Irish applicants will need to get these documents ready.
* It will take about 3 weeks for you to get these documents ready. The visa process takes an additional 3-4 weeks.
1. Notarized photocopy of your Bachelor degree with Apostille
Step 1: 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).
Step 2: Then you will need to get your notarized photocopy of your original diploma apostilled.
(An apostille allows a document to be used internationally).
To get an apostille stamp, take your notarized photocopy of your original diploma to the Department Of Foreign Affairs.
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 express and include a express self addressed package for them to send your documents back. This way your documents will not get lost. You will receive a tracking number.
To see a sample of the notarized photocopy of original diploma needed to teach English in Korea, click here.
To see a sample of the apostille for notarized photocopy of original diploma needed to teach English in Korea, click here.
2. Original FEDERAL criminal record check with apostille (Do not send a photocopy of your FEDERAL criminal record check. It MUST be the original.)
Step 1: First you will order your FEDERAL criminal record check. For more information, click here.
In Ireland, it is called a police certificate. You can get it from any garda police stations. To find your nearest garda police station, click here.
Step 2: Once you receive your FEDERAL criminal record check, you will have to get an apostille for it.
To get the apostille stamp, take your garda police check to the Department Of Foreign Affairs.
If you decide to mail it, please send it by express and include a self addressed return envelope also by express so your documents don’t get lost.
(The FEDERAL 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 garda FEDERAL criminal record check needed to teach English in Korea, click here.
To see the apostille for the garda FEDERAL criminal record check 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 English 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 in Korea, print and fill out the health form.
5. Consul’s checklist
To teach 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 once 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, make 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 English 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 your Original Diploma with Apostille (Send Originals)
2. FEDERAL Criminal record check with Apostille (Send originals)
3. One set of your University Transcripts (sealed and stamped in an envelope)
4. Health statement Form (click here)
5. Photocopy of the information page on your 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 you need to get ready with your visa number.
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 documents needed by your nearest Korean embassy to them.
Here are the additional documents your Korean embassy will need:
1. E-2 Teaching Visa Application form filled out. 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 and it valid for 6 months. There must be a least one blank page in it.
3. 2 Passport Sized Photos – they have to be in color and not older than six months.
4. Confirmation of Visa Issuance Number: Fill in this number at the top of application form.
5. 1 set of University Transcripts (sealed and stamped in an envelope)
6. Consul’s Checklist – To get the Consul’s Checklist, click here.
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.
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.