• Deadline for Fall 2016: Saturday October 15th, 2016

TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) is a Korean government sponsored internship/scholarship program which invites undergraduate students in English-speaking countries to Korea to teach English in after-school programs in elementary schools outside Seoul. TaLK scholars work for 15 hours on average a week as teacher assistants. Upon arrival, they participate in a month-long orientation through which they learn skills and knowledge to teach English to Korean students and have opportunities to create their own lesson plans before the field assignment. Benefits include:

  • Round-trip air fare (paid in the form of arrival & departure allowances, approx. $1,200 each)
  • Approximately $350 settlement allowance upon local assignment
  • Health insurance
  • Housing
  • Stipends (approx. $1,300 a month)
  • Gain SBU internship and research credits

TaLK for SUNY is a program exclusively designed for SUNY students that allow them to remain as a full-time student and utilize this opportunity to gain internship credits through the paid teaching experiences and research credits by conducting a field research on a topic of their choice on Korea.


  • Finished two years or 50 or more credits of undergraduate study by the end of Fall 2015 on any campus within the SUNY system
  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • The preference will be given to those who have elementary or above level knowledge of Korean language. 

Program Requirements

  • Term for appointment for SUNY students: 1) a half year (Aug.1~Jan.20 or Feb.1~July 31), 2) one year (Aug.1~July 31 or Feb. 1~Jan. 20)
  • Register a total of 12 credits for International Internship  (S/NS), Teaching Practicum  (S/NS), Directed Reading (Graded) and Research on Korea (Graded)
  • Successfully finish the internship term as a TaLK scholar and complete the proposed research and essay.


  • The recruiting takes place every semester and applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round. 
  • For the February 2016 departure, the applications should be accepted by March 15, 2016.
  • Applications should be submitted through the Study Abroad Programs administered by the Int'l Academic Programs Office.
  • Documents to be submitted:

           1) IAP Study Abroad application with unofficial transcript 

           2) Two recommendations

           3) a research proposal form (1-2 pages. Clink here to download the form)

           4) a lesson plan form (Clink here to download the form.) For lesson plan samples, click here

           ** If you need assistance or need to discuss about your possible research topic and lesson plan, please contact Professor Heejeong Sohn.




Professor Heejeong Sohn
Center for Korean Studies
N5520 Melville Library
Tel: (631) 632-7311

Jeanine Guilbeault 
Exchange Advisor
International Academic Programs
Tel: (631) 632-7030

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