Below are the general conditions for Private Institution.

Contract Period: 1 year
Class Size: 8 to 15 students per class
Curriculum: Most of the text books, teaching materials and teacher’s manuals are provided
Location: Location all over the country but more concentrated in the metropolitan cities
Native English Teachers: 1 to 5 NETs per institution is common
Working Hours (Day): 7 to 9 hours including preparation and break time
Teaching Hours (Day): 5 to 6 hours in-class
Class Duration: 40-50 minutes

The actual teaching time varies from one Hagwon to another as well as by the class type. The following will give you some ideas on teaching time organized by the different types of class.

10:00am to 6:00pm (or 10:30am to 6:30pm)
1 hour preparation
1 hour lunch
Elementary and Junior High School Students:
2:00pm to 9:00pm (or 3:00pm to 10:00pm)
There are not too many High School Student classes
6:00am to 9:00am (or 7:00am to 10:00am) then 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Due to schedules for the working adults, you will be required to work split-shifts


According to the standard contract, the following list contains the general benefits available to teachers that work for a private language institution.

Free Furnished Housing
Free single studio-type housing is provided by the employer.
House is usually located near the institution for the teacher’s convenience.
Furnishings provided by the employer include: a bed, a blanket, a pillow, a table, chairs, a gas stove, a refrigerator, a toaster, a wardrobe, a telephone, and washing machine.
Selection of housing is made by the employer.
The monthly utilities and maintenance fees are not provided for and are the responsibility of the teacher.
Paid Roundtrip Airfare
An economy class flight ticket is provided by the employer.
Upon the completion of the one-year contract, a return flight ticket will be provided by the employer.
If a teacher wants to buy a roundtrip ticket on his or her own, the teacher will be reimbursed 50% of the total amount upon arrival at the institution and 50% of the total upon completion of the contract.
Vacation and Holidays
The employer is obligated to observe all national holidays (10 to 12 days per year).
Most of the institutions give two weeks (10 business days) of vacation time per year.
All holidays and vacation times are paid.
Regardless of the number of holidays that fall during any given teaching session, your monthly salary is guaranteed.
Overtime Pay
Each hour exceeding the working hours stated on the contract (120 hours per month for most institutions) will be considered as overtime.
You will be paid 18,000-20,000 Korean Won per hour for any overtime.
Severance Pay
Upon the completion of the one-year contract, the teacher will be entitled to receive severance pay equalling to approximately one month’s salary per year.
Emergency Leave (Sick Leave)
Teachers are permitted up to three to six days of paid emergency leave.
This is permitted only during unusual circumstances including death or serious illness of self or immediate family, upon presentation of proof to the institution.
Compulsory Medical Insurance
Pursuant to the National Medical Insurance Act, 50% of your medical insurance premiums will be paid by your employer.
Current medical insurance premiums total approximately 4.31% of your salary and are payable monthly. Half of this amount, about 2.1%, will be paid by your employer, with the remaining amount being deducted from your monthly salary.
This medical insurance will allow you to receive medical attention and prescription medicines at a fraction of their original cost. A typical visit to the doctor, including prescription medicine, will cost less than $35 USD.
National Pension Scheme
Pursuant to Korean National Pension Corporation Act, 50% of your compulsory pension contributions will be paid by your employer.
Current compulsory pension contributions total approximately 9% of your salary and are payable monthly. Half of this amount, about 4.5%, will be paid by your employer, with the remaining amount being deducted from your monthly salary.
National Pension Scheme Refunds
At present, only teachers holding American, Australian or Canadian citizenship are eligible for a lump-sum pension refund upon successfully completing their contract and departing Korea.
Teachers from countries other than the USA, Australia and Canada are only entitled to receive pension benefits in the case of retirement or tragedy.
More Information and documentation to apply for this refund can be found on the Korean National Pension Service website:
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