Associated Costs

The Costs Of Securing Employment In Korea


There are no fees (hidden or upfront) for applying to teach English in Korea with Gone2Korea ESL Employment Services. All recruiting and placement services are free of charge to the applicant – guaranteed.

How does Gone2Korea make money if they don’t charge a fee?

As ESL recruiters we obtain a onetime fee from the school or program you secure employment with. Note: The fees we obtain from the schools in Korea have no impact on the monthly or yearly salary that you are eligible for – guaranteed.
Note: If you’re currently dealing with ESL recruiting agents that are charging fees for their job placement services then you should proceed with caution.

Are there any expenses that I will need to cover in order to secure the job and visa?

Yes, all teachers are required to pay for their document processing fees. The list below explains what documents teachers need to obtain in order to secure their job and visa with Korean Immigration. Please Note: The associated costs are industry standards; meaning, the expenses you’ll incur will be the same regardless of your country of citizenship, or the school, recruiter, semester, etc. you are using/pursuing.

Sealed Transcripts: (a.k.a. Academic Records) In most cases teachers can secure this document from their universities registrar’s office.
Cost: Free – $50

Notarizations: Most teachers need to have 2 documents notarized (university degree and criminal record check – CRC).
Cost: $20 – $50 per document

Apostille Seal Certificates:
All teachers, excluding Canadians, need to have their notarized degree and original CRC Apostilled for Korean Immigration purposes.
Cost: Free – $50 per document (Prices vary from country to country, state to state, province to province)
Canadian teachers must have their documents authenticated by the consulate as an alternative to the Apostille (Cost: $10 – $20 CAD per document).

Passport Photos:
Teachers need to secure 7 passport style photos from a professional photo developer (3.5cm or 1.38in wide X 4.5cm or 1.77in tall).
Cost: $15 – $45

Courier Fees: Once you accept a position you will need to express courier your requirements documents to Korea so Immigration can begin processing your application for a work visa.
Cost: $50 – 120 (Prices vary depending on your location)

Visa Application Fee: The Korean consulate in your jurisdiction will require a small fee in order to place the work visa within your passport.
Cost: $40 – $66 (Prices vary depending on the country and consulate)

Airfare: Airfare is always covered by the schools that Gone2Korea represents; however, some schools and programs will only offer an airfare reimbursement upon arrival.
Cost: $700 – $1300 (Reimbursed upon arrival or paid for in advance by the school)

Alien Registration Card: All public schools and most private schools require teachers to pay for their alien card. Alien cards are usually issued within your first month of employment.
Cost: 10,000 Korean won (roughly $8)

Medical Exam: Before teachers can request their alien card in Korea they will be required to take a brief medical examination to verify their health. All public school positions require teachers to pay for the medical check, private schools are equally split (roughly 50% pay for the examination fees and 50% require the teachers to pay for the examination fees).
Cost: Free – 70,000 Korean won (roughly $60)

Summary: In order to secure the job and visa you will need $200 – $400 USD. Note: Public schools offer a 300,000 KRW settlement allowance upon arrival to help teachers recoup the expenses they incurred for collecting and couriering their documents.