1. Be a Citizen of One of the 7 Native English Speaking Countries

The seven countries recognized by the South Korean government are the USA, Canada, UK, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

*Canadian citizens from the Quebec Province must have been taught at English-language schools from junior high school forth to the university level to be eligible to teach English in Korea.

Ethnic Korean applicants with foreign citizenship or legal residencies in one of the 7 native-English speaking countries must have been taught in English-language schools from junior high school forth and have lived abroad for minimum of 10 years. (If you are a male citizen of the Republic of Korea under the age of 35, you must have either completed mandatory military service or have received an official waiver).
Applicants from non-English language backgrounds whose first language is not English and immigrated to one of the 7 native English speaking countries must have been taught at English-language schools from junior high school forth to the university level.

2. Hold a 3-4 Year Bachelor’s Degree in Any Field

Applicants must hold a 3-4 year BA or BS in any field in order to apply. Those that are still in university, must finish their degree first in order to apply to Korvia GOE.

3. Be TEFL/TESOL/CELTA Certified

Applicants must have completed or currently be enrolled in a 100-hour or more TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification program. Applicants that hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Education do not have to complete a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA course.

4. Have No Criminal Record (misdemeanors or felonies)

Applicants applying to GOE cannot have any criminal record. Applicants will be required to obtain a National-Level Criminal Background Check. The record must be completely clear with no criminal record being stated. Those with any stated past criminal record cannot apply to GOE. Both Misdemeanors and Felonies will disqualify you from applying to GOE. Misdemeanors like public intoxication are also not accepted. Traffic violations generally do not appear on Criminal Record Checks.

5. Be in Good Mental & Physical Health

Due to the nature of liability, GOE only accepts applicants who are in good health and do not have major health problems. Applicants will be required to fill out a self-medical check survey as well as complete a physical when they arrive in Korea. Those that have a clinical medical condition will be required to submit a note from their doctor or physician stating that the condition will not affect their ability to teach in a foreign country.

6. Under the Age of 62

GOE does not hire individuals over the age of 62 (Korean retirement age).