Korean Private School Hagwon Application Process

Private School Hagwon Application Process in Korea

Updated May 2024

The Korean private school Hagwon application process is intimidating for many teachers. Reach To Teach has provided a helpful flow chart that outlines each step of the process.

Rest assured that you’ll be guided through each step by your placement coordinator after you’ve submitted your application and completed your interview.

After you apply online, you will be contacted by our placement coordinator.

  1. Apply through our Korea private schoool Hagwon application first. Choose your preferred location when you apply.
  2. Reach To Teach will review your application and be in contact through email. Make sure your whitelist our email address: info@reachtoteachrecruiting.com. Make sure you check spam folder after your application is submitted just in case.
  3. Reach To Teach will send you country specific information on how to gather documents you’ll need in order to teach in Korea.
  4. You will be sent information on available openings based on your preferences and school qualification requirements from your placement coordinator. (All schools require a TEFL certificate.)
  5. After choosing a school, you will interview directly with the school. 
  6. Typically your placement coordinator receives your interview results within 48 hours.
  7. If you agree that you’d like to teach for the school that you interviewed with, you will sign a contract. Then send it back to your placement coordinator.
  8. After agreeing to a contract, you’ll need to send your visa documents to the school in Korea. They need these documents so they can apply for your VIN number. Your placement coordinator will tell you how to do this.
  9. Once the school has your VIN number, they will send it to you. Then you can apply for your E-2 visa at your nearest Korean consulate.
  10. Once your visa is processed, you can book your flight to Korea. Sometimes this is handled by the school directly. Your placement coordinator will let you know how to proceed.

Private School Hagwon Application in Korea

If you ever have any questions about the private school hagwon application process, please contact your coordinator directly through email.

While you will see many different types of salaries and positions posted online, the vast majority of private schools start teachers out at 2.1 to 2.4m Won a month depending on experience.

Reach To Teach also has hagwons that pay up to 2.7m Won a month. These positions require more work and teaching hours than most hagwons hence the increase in pay.

While most people would like to earn the highest amount of salary they can, please be aware that higher salaries at hagwons normally come with more responsibilities. If you are a first time teacher, it may not be in your best interest to take the highest paying job available to you.

Normally, higher paying schools require more classroom teaching hours, which leads to more prep time. A lot of first year teachers struggle with prepping for classes in the beginning as schools have a curriculum that they want you to follow.

Please know that Reach To Teach is here to help you find the right position for you. If you have any questions throughout the process, don’t be afraid to ask!