The University of Iowa

New opportunity for UI students, alumni to teach English in South Korea

October 29th, 2010

The University of Iowa and Korea’s National Institute for International Education have created a new partnership that offers UI undergraduate students and alumni the opportunity to spend six or 12 months teaching English in primary schools in South Korea as part of the TaLK, or Teach and Learn Korean program.

Participants in the TaLK program will teach 15 hours a week and earn up to 12 UI credit hours. TaLK teachers receive round-trip airfare, housing, a monthly stipend of around $1,400 and basic medical insurance. Teachers also attend a one-month orientation focusing on Korean language and culture as well as pedagogical techniques for teaching English to young children.

Availability is limited and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The first group of teachers will go over in February. Students from any area of study are eligible to apply to the program, but those with a background in education or Asian studies are especially welcome. The main criterion is a desire to learn about Korean people and culture.

For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, visit and contact Sterling Bacher at or at 319-335-0353, Study Abroad, 1111 University Capitol Centre.