I get sick of hearing Korea is racist drivel. It has nothing to do with race. It is a requirement to have a degree from a native English speaking country. It doesn't matter what race you are.
I think that you should have thought before getting your degree. Really what value is a degree in English literature from a non English speaking country? It would be different if you studied something that country was well known for, but English degrees in Thailand aren't of any value abroad.
You will get the same response from any of the countries that pay better than Thailand. You might get work in Vietnam or China but again you will not earn much more than 1k USD.
Good luck, but the only thing that could save you is if the University you went to had a joint program from the US where you could get the actual degree.
To the OP, don't let that put you off. Find out about the legal requirements... If there is nothing legal about requiring teachers with degrees from certain countries then they may be reluctant but you'll have a chance. good luck!
Koreans have a well deserved reputation for being xenophobic.
It would appear that Korea requires that the degree be from one of seven countries: Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United States.
This does eliminate a degree from any Thai university as qualifying for Korea, but that hardly means that it is worthless, as some have suggested. For purposes of meeting the requirements to teach in Korea a degree from a Thai university and a degree from, say, the University of Paris (Sorbonne) are equally disqualifying, but I don't think many would state that because Korea refuses to accept a degree from the Sorbonne as qualifying to teach English in Korea that the degree is worthless.
I am afraid that you will have to look to other countries for work teaching English.
Application Requirements for Teaching English in Korea
What's Required to Teach in Korea? - Teaching English In Korea; APC
Last edited by latm; 10th May 2012 at 19:58.
1) Passport from one of: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, N.Z., Ireland or S.Africa
2) Degree issued by an accredited university from one of those same 7 countries
3) National criminal background check with apostille.
If you have <1> + <2> + <3> then you get a visa.
IF one of them are missing you don't get a visa.
No visa = no job.
that you can get creamed on the road at any time is beside the point. don't make pronouncements on matters of which you know not.
Korea is tough to get in to. I applied a while ago but when they asked for my apostilled dental records, I decided that life is too short.
^ No not literally, but they wanted almost everything else apostilled. In the end, it seemed like an awful lot of work for a job which is little better than I have here in Thailand.