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About the Program

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 elementary school after-school programs. TaLK scholars work for 15 hours on average a week. Upon arrival, they participate in a month-long orientation before field assignment. Benefits include round-trip air tickets, health insurance, stipends (approx. $1,300 a month), $350 settlement allowance upon arrival and free housing. TaLK for SUNY is a semester-long program with possible extension exclusively designed for students applying from SUNY campuses.

More Information please visit the SBU Center for Korean Studies Website


Course of Study

All students must register for the following:

  • SBU Teaching Practicum, Internship, and Research courses.
  • Successfully finish the internship as a TaLK scholar and complete the proposed research.

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Course Information


Various locations in Korea

Language of Instruction


Language Proficiency

The preference will be given to those who have completed Elementary II or above Korean language courses or demonstrate the equivalent proficiency or have taken at least one or two Korean studies-related courses at the point of application

Program Type

Volunteer/Teaching Opportunity Overseas

Program Dates

Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Living Arrangements

Arranged through program



3.3 GPA or above

Other Requirements Students must be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program.

Finished at least two years of undergraduate study in any campus within SUNY system

Application Deadline

Fall/Academic Year Admission: February 15 (*Application deadline has been extended to March 20)
Spring Admission: October 15th 

Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee $60
Tuition Rate $ 3,335 per semester for NY residents ; $12,090 per semester for non-residents
Program Fee $750 per semester
Administrative Fee $200 (non-refundable)
International Health Insurance $55 per month approximately. Note: The host university may also require a domestic health plan, and will send details regarding costs to students directly.
Other Fees


Travel Costs


Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

Housing arrangements are coordinated directly with the partner university. Cost will vary depending on accommodation types and personal preference.

Cost Comparison: The average cost for a full time Stony Brook Student including tuition, insurance, housing, and meal plan is approximately $10,445 in-state and $15,735 out-of-state.

Application Instructions

Please fill out the following PDF file, and upload the complete form as your study statement on your online application:Click here to download


  • Study statement indicating why you are interested in participating as a TaLK Scholar
  • Sample lesson plan
  • Proposed research topic

More Information

Grades earned in an exchange program WILL NOT calculate towards the cumulative GPA for SBU students. Non-SBU students must contact their home university regarding their grade and credit transfer policy.

Links and Resources

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Contact Information

Jeanine Guilbeault-Leite
Exchange Advisor
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
Professor Heejeong Sohn
Program Director
Center for Korean Studies
Stony Brook University
N5520 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794
Tel: (631) 632-7311
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