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REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Apply Now TaLK is akin to paid international teaching internship and offers a short-term work study. For students who want to develop a global mindset and sharpen their teaching skills before graduating college.

The following application documents and support materials must be received by the local application by the set deadline. Please note that originals (including signatures, stamps and/or seals where necessary) of ALL documents must be submitted to their local application office as a part of the application process. All documents must be no older than 6 months from the time of their interview.

Online application is compulsory. Incomplete applications will delay processing and/or lose priority.

Submitted documents will not be returned to the Applicant regardless of process stage or final outcome.

1. Application Part A:

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Applicant Profile & Photo(in JPEG, JPG or PNG format)
Information on Emergency Contact, Education and Work Experience must be fully provided.
A hand-written signature is required at the bottom of the application. Printed/Scanned versions are not accepted.
A passport type, head shot picture with a solid background (in JPEG format) is required for international safety and identification purposes.
(The photo cannot be a scanned version of your passport photo or any other forms of identification)

Standard Applicants from Ireland and South Africa are required to select the Seoul option as their local application office.
Please note that the Online Submission of Applications A and B do not need to be signed. However, the hard copy submission to your local application office must be signed. Both submissions are required.

The online version must be submitted in order to begin your application process. The hard copy must be signed and submitted, however, can be done at a later date once most of the required documents have been prepared.

2. Application Part B:

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Self Medical Assessment, Personal Essay & Letter of Pledge
The Medical Self-Assessment is to be completed by the applicant. Please be thorough and honest as the amenities available in Korea may differ from your home country.
The Personal Essay is your chance to differentiate yourself through your introduction, explanation as to why you chose the TaLK Program, personal goals, etc. There is no one set style, format or topic.
The Letter of Pledge is for informational use only and does not replace the actual Apostilled Criminal Record Check.
The Terms of Application is for informational use only and aims to provide some information to be aware of when applying.
A hand-written signature is required at the bottom of the application. Printed/Scanned versions are not accepted.

Please note that the Online Submission of Applications A and B do not need to be signed. However, the hard copy submission to your local application office must be signed. Both submissions are required.

The online version must be submitted in order to begin your application process. The hard copy must be signed and submitted, however, can be done at a later date once most of the required documents have been prepared.

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Doctor’s Note
The Doctor’s Note is available for download and requires completion from a practitioner for any medical condition that requires special attention. Your doctor must fill-out the form, sign and seal it in an envelope. When submitted to the local application office, the envelope must bear the doctor’s hand-written signature across the flap.

Submit the Doctor’s Note only if request by the TaLK Office.

3. Application Support Materials

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A Lesson Plan

This document will give the application evaluators an idea of the applicant's awareness of their
future role as instructors.

  • Estimated duration: 40 minutes
  • Grade Level: Please ensure you select a specific grade level, not just 'elementary'
  • Creativity, research, and a thorough understanding of lesson activities must be displayed.
  • Key Expressions: Useful conversational phrases that students will have command over by the end of the lesson.
  • Development: Thorough, step-by-step description of three (3) core activities that incorporate key expressions.
  • In addition to the subject that you will be teaching (the "what"), elaborate on the steps you need to take (the "how") to ensure your students have fully understood and can freely use the key expressions.
  • Provide worksheets if you intend to use them (either include them in the lesson plan on a new page, or attach them as separate documents).
  • May be required to submit a second lesson plan(re-do) upon review by the TaLK office

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Two Recommendation Letters (Signed and Sealed)

  • Preferably from a professor, or current/former employer
  • Invalid if e-mailed, faxed, photocopied, scanned, or opened
  • Invalid if the document is not handsigned and dated
  • Invalid if recommendations are made by family members or friends
  • Invalid if recommended by high school teachers unless the applicant is in his/her first semester in college.
  • Invalid if both recommendation are written from the same source (i.e, Instructors from the same school department, manager/
    supervisors from the same company, members from the same community organization)
  • When submitted to the application office, a stamp or signature must be on the back flap of the envelope.
  • For returning scholars, one of the letters must be written by their former mentor teacher.

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Official School Transcript (Authentic and Sealed)
* Mandate by the Ministry of Justice of Korea

  • The transcript must bear the institution's seal, date, and appropriate signature.
  • The school seal, stamp, and/or signature must be on the back flap of the envelope.

In addition to the official college-level transcript, Korean Nationals who have not yet obtained permanent residency in one of the aforementioned countries must also submit
- Verification Letter of Education (or Transcript) from their primary(elementary) school
In the Verification Letter of Education, the duration of attendance at the school must be indicated as well as the signature of
the appropriate school administrator.

  • For returning scholars, an Apostilled Degree (Confirming a Bachelor or Higher Level of education) will be required if deemed successful.

Apostilled, Nationwide Criminal Record Check
* Mandated by the Ministry of Justice of Korea

• U.S. applicants must submit an FBI fingerprint CRC : https://www.fbi.gov
• Under the International Apostille Agreement, applicants can obtain the Apostille stamp from designated
authorities: http://www.apostilleinfo.com
• CRC must be issued within six (6) months from the application submission date.
• Additional CRCs may be required for those who have lived, worked and/or studied outside of their home country.
• CRCs are non-returnable.

An Apostilled, state-level criminal record check applies only to U.S. & Australian applicants who have been residing in the same state since the beginning of high school. A notary seal cannot be used as a substitute; an Apostille (with the exception of Canadians) is required for all CRCs.  Canadian applicants must get their CRCs notarized at the nearest Korean Embassies/Consulates. The TaLK Office will not provide the Entrance and Exit allowances to those who do not submit this document. Failure to submit this document may also result in a deportation order.

A copy of the passport photo page

  • The photo cannot be too dark and the information must be legible
  • Must be a current passport (cannot be expired)

A copy of Permanent/Temporary Residency Certificate
* For Korean Nationals

  • Korean Nationals (Citizens) : Submit a copy of your Permanent/Temporary Residency Certificate. IN case of an expired passport, submit a copy of the extension stamp along with the certificate.
  • Permanent/Temporary Certificate vs. Certificate of Residency: Permanent/Temporary Certificate is a document that verifies the legal residency of a non-citizen of a given country, while Certificate of Residency is a document that proves and individual is a citizen of his/her respective country, Obtaining the Certificate of Residency enable one to apply for tax exemption in his/her respective country while working in Korea. To obtain the Certificate of Residency and to apply for tax exemption, please contact the tax authority in the relevant country (i.e., IRS for U.S. citizens, ATO for Australian citizens). Not all countries allow for tax exemption while earning income overseas (i.e. Canada). The option to be tax exempt in one’s own country if working in Korea is offered only once to individuals; if an individual has prior work experience in Korea and wishes to participate in our program, he/she is no longer tax exempt from his/her respective country.

All TaLK Scholars are subject to paying Korean taxes and should be aware of his/her respective country’s tax report deadlines even if he/she is tax exempt. The Certificate of Residency does not exempt one from pension contributions.

  • 교육부
  • The MOE is a central government entity sponsoring the TaLK Program.
  • International Education
  • EPIK (English Program In Korea)

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