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  • Deadline for August 2021 departure: Monday, March 15th

TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) is a Korean government-sponsored internship/scholarship program that 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:

  • Airfare (paid in a form of arrival & departure allowances, approx. $1,200 each) **6-month term contract provides one-way airfare while a one-year term contract supports round-trip airfare.
  • Approximately $300 settlement allowance upon local assignment
  • Health insurance
  • Housing
  • Stipends (approx. $1,500 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 field research on a topic of their choice on Korea.


  • Finished three semesters or 50 or more credits of undergraduate study by the end of applying semester 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 the Korean language. 

Program Requirements

  • The term for an 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 August 2021 departure, the applications should be accepted by   March 15th , 2021 .
  • 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 an 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 your possible research topic and lesson plan, please contact Professor Heejeong Sohn.

Application Website:                                                  



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

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