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  • Deadline for Spring 2019 Arrival: Wednesday, October 17th

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 2017 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 2019 departure, the applications should be accepted by October 17th, 2018.
  • 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.

Application Website:                                              


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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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