The QiRanger Adventures

Teaching in Korea: Grades

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I often get questions regarding what kind of degree or grades one needs to teach English in Korea. I thought I’d address that today.

First, if you’re a foreigner, you need to be from a country that considers English to be the native tongue. After that, you simply need a bachelor’s degree. It doesn’t matter what field, as long as it is a bachelor’s. With the economy in the tanks abroad, there are more people looking to teach here, so overall GPA is starting to come more into play, so the better your college GPA is, the higher the probability that you’ll be selected for a job.

If you’re of Korean descent and living abroad, you might be eligible to come to Korea on an F-class visa. This enables you to pretty much get any kind of job. However, to teach, you’ll still need that bachelor’s degree. The better your English skills are (i.e., bilingual and without an accent), the more likely you’ll get a good teaching job, regardless of your GPA.


Written by Steve Miller

November 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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  1. Yep that is the same with Japan. Places like Hong Kong and Singapore were quite strict, often needing a teaching degree! I blogged btw… LOL


    November 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    • Yeah, there are a wide range of requirements when teaching abroad. I have your blog loaded… 🙂


      November 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm

  2. In many countries with seemingly insurountable restrictions on foreigners working for money teaching ESL (France, Spain, and so on) there is almost always a back door. The demand everywhere is huge. Go as a tourist.

    John Mulvihill

    November 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

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