This article shows to how you can immigrate to South Korea as a college professor. You will learn the application process step by step and what requirements to prepare. Also, you need to know the visa types to apply for the right visa. 

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Immigrate to South Korea as a College Professor

How can I immigrate to South Korea as a College professor?

When you want to immigrtae to South Korea as a College professor, you need a work visa. There are different types of the Korea work visa. You need to find out which one is appropriate for you for the purpose of your visit. 

You can find out more about the Korea work visa from the right sidebar. The types and categories are explained, and you can easily find what you want. 

If you want to work as a Foreign language instructor, you need an E-2-91 visa. It is for someone who intends to teach conversational language at a foreign language institute needs to apply for this visa.

If you wish to work as a professor: and do a research project or give a lecture in a specific field in  Korea, you need an E-1 visa.

But if you want to immigrate to South Korea as a college professor, you need a Professional E-5 visa. This is for Individuals with an international degree in a specialized field whose degree is recognized by the South Korean government can apply for this visa. You are likely to need an E5 visa, but if you are applying for the wrong visa, the Korean embassy is likely to tell you. You could also ask the embassy whether you are applying for the right visa type or not. 

You would better know about the Korea E2 visa. Korea e2 visa is for people who want to work in the country as an English teacher.

Not everyone can apply for the e2 visa, and applicants from a few countries can apply for it:

  • U.S.A
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • England
  • Ireland
  • South Africa

How to apply for a work visa?

Whatever your Korea work visa type is, you need to follow the below steps to apply for it. However, the work visa application could be a bit different by the type of visa. You might have to follow a different stage by your nationality as well. 

Look for a job offer as a college professor 

Finding an employer who is willing to hire you is a must to immigrate to South Korea as a college professor. The employer begins the application process, so you must find an employer. 

Look for a job in whatever way you know. You can look for a job on websites that advertise such jobs: 

  1. Job Korea
  2. Saramin 사람인
  3. Career 커리어
  4. Incruit 인크루트
  5. KOTRA Job Fair 코트라 글로벌일자리사업단 
  6. Seoul Global Center 
  7. Worknet 워크넷
  8. Work Plus 교용복지플러스세터 
  9. Alba cheonguk 알바천국
  10. Albamon 알바몬
  11. Craigslist, 
  12. Dave’s ESL Cafe,
  13.  HiExpat

The above websites are some of the most famous ones. You might be able to find a job position as a college professor there. 

You could also find a job through networking. The Korean culture appreciates networking and introducing people who are qualified for a job. Reverb that people in Korea don’t recommend a disqualified person for a job. 

If you have friends or college professors who know you, ask them to inform you of the job positions. 

The other way is to follow the university’s websites to see if there are available positions or not. You can also contact the universities and send them resumes. If you are highly qualified and have a good resume, they are likely to contact you and offer you a position. 

When you get the offer and reach an agreement with the Korean university, they apply to the Ministry of Justice (MSJ). The MSJ evaluates the case and decides whether to issue a work permit for the foreign national or not. Here, they might ask for supporting documents. You have to send the employer or them whatever they ask. 

When the MSJ approves the work permit, they issue the Certificate of Confirmation of Visa Issuance and send it to you. Then, the college professor can apply to the Korean embassy or consulate in his/her home country to receive a work visa. 

You need to schedule an appointment with the Korean embassy in your home country. Also, you must submit them a list of supporting documents. You can find out about it in the work visa article from the right sidebar. 

You would better visit the Korean embassy website in your home country and see what the supporting documents are. Also, they might require further supporting documents by your nationality. 

Visit the embassy in person on the booked date, bring the document and pay the fee for the visa processing. Again, ask the embassy how much is the fee for visa processing and how they will receive the fee. Remember, the Korean embassy asks questions about the purpose of your visit and your background. You should be honest and give true answers. 

It takes time until the embassy works on your application and issues the visa. When it’s ready, you can move to Korea. 

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What qualifications do you need to immigrate to Korea as a college professor?

The qualifications are much up to the university to accept you as a college professor. But the least requirement is a BA degree. However, it is unlikely that a Korean college to hire a professor with a BA degree. 

Applicants are likely to need a MA or Ph.D. degree. 

Besieged the degree, you need work and teaching experience. The least required teaching experience is with the university, but two or three is a must. 

The language requirements are up to the language of the course that will be taught in Korea. 

College professor salary in South Korea 

According to Glassdoor, the average salary of a university professor is about ₩5,216,921 or $3.891. 

This is while the Salary Export indicates that the average salary is ₩66,877,443 ($49.891)

You can search the websites that introduced to find a job offer in Korea and see how much they are willing to pay. 

However, your salary is up to various factors: 

  • Demand and Supply
  • Productivity
  • Government Regulations
  • Years of experience
  • Education
  • Performance reviews
  • Literature review 
  • Etc. 
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Famous Universities and colleges in South Korea

As explained, one of the ways to find a job offer in South Korea is to visit the university’s website to see if they have a job position or not. Also, you can contact them to know if they need a professor or not. 

Here is the list of the most famous Korean universities; 

  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Seoul National University
  • Korea University
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Yonsei University
  • Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology
  • Hanyang University
  • Sejong University

Do I need IELTS to immigrate to South Korea as a college professor?

The language requirement is with the Korean university that wants to hire you. They announce the required language and the certificate. But IELTS and TOFEL are among the approved language tests. You can improve your chance by receiving them. 

Frequently asked questions about how to immigrate to South Korea as a college professor

Yes, if you get a job offer from a college or university.

The visa processing is about 1-3 months, but you must wait for a work permit as well.

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