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The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship ( ETA ) program places American college graduates as teachers in elementary, middle and high school English classrooms in Korean schools. Beginning in 1992 with just eight grantees, the program now brings almost 70 Americans to Korea each year. The Korean Ministry of Education is particularly supportive of the ETA program for stressing the importance of placing native English speaking teachers outside the capital in the less developed areas of Korea. ETAs in return feel that their efforts have more meaning outside of Seoul in areas where the people are not yet accustomed to seeing foreigners on a daily basis. Several ETAs have remained in Korea or opted to return in order to teach at Korean universities, work for international firms or enroll in Korean graduate schools. Many attend U.S. graduate schools for study in international relations or Korean studies, and all have found that, as one former ETA said, “You never get Korea out of you.”

The Institute of International Education (IIE), which is located in New York, is responsible for handling applications from Americans for Fulbright student awards, including the English Teaching Assistant Program. IIE publishes an awards brochure each year which provides relevant details on the Fulbright awards available in Korea and other countries. Anyone interested in applying for a Fulbright award should contact IIE for further information and application forms.

KAEC does not accept applications from Americans directly. Full applications are available from IIE ( and CIES ( , depending on award category.

Information for Prospective Applicants

ETA Brochure, ETA Handbook, FAQ, Town and City Guide, IIE, Fulbright Online Application
Resources for Current ETAs
Teaching Links, ATM Translations, Loan Deferment Information, Medical Reimbursement Form, Korean Language Programs, Korean Font Help
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