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Teach and Learn in Korea with MU

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The TaLK program is a unique scholarship opportunity for undergraduates to work in Korea as an English teacher, explore the culture of Korea, and learn more about themselves in relation to the world around them.

The scholarship is funded by the Ministry of Education in South Korea, and is designed to support public English education in the rural areas of Korea, where the access to higher quality educational resources are limited.

The University of Missouri has an agreement with TaLK in order to allow current undergraduates (and recent graduates, in some cases) to pursue this opportunity while they are still earning credits toward their degree.

Current Students

The Office of Service-Learning and the Asian Affairs Center are working together to provide credits for this program, which when taken in conjunction with at least one online class, would ensure that a student maintains full-time status at MU. The TaLK office will adjust the contract to closer to 6 months, in the case that students need to return for their studies after one semester.

Recent Graduates

We can also offer this program to students who have just graduated, though they ideally participate in a one-year TaLK program. Recent graduates do not have to officially register for courses, but they will be required to participate in the pre-departure course, which can be audited for a reduced fee.

TaLK Program participants, or "TaLK Scholars," engage in arranged classes for 15 hours per week from Monday to Friday with plenty of time to explore the nation, meet other adventure-minded young people, and experience a truly unique culture.

TaLKers participate in Korean cultural activity

Benefits include:

  • 1 year (6 months in the case of university students returning to their programs)
  • 15 hours a week class instruction
  • Placement in rural areas in Elementary Schools
  • Accommodation
  • Co-scholar teaching partners to assist you while you teach
  • Entrance and Exit Allowances for your flight at 1.3 million Korean Won each way
  • Monthly stipend of 1.5 million Korean Won (Approximately 1,400 US Dollars)
  • Sponsored Field Trips or cultural allowance
  • One-month teaching training orientation
  • Settlement allowance (300,000 Korean Won)
  • Scholarship certification of completion
  • Vacation Leave (7 days for 6 month contracts, 14 days for 1 year contracts)
TaLKers participate in Korean cultural activity

Program Requirements:

  • Completed Associate’s degree or enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree program (must have completed at least 45 credits)
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Be a citizen from: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and USA


To learn more, please contact Jason Kinnear in the Office of Service Learning:

(573) 882-1747

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