Holiday-Working VISA

1. South Korea Working Holiday Program

South Korea shares a working holiday program with fifteen countries around the world. The main purpose of this visa is to allow you to extend your vacation by securing funds through short term work in South Korea. This visa, valid only once, offers you a multitude of opportunities to immerse yourself in Korean culture. Holders of a working holiday visa are authorized to study or receive training during their stay.

※ List of participating countries

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria.

◈ General visa conditions

  • You are allowed to study or take training for a maximum period of 12 months
  • You are allowed to work for a maximum of 12 months during your stay

※ Please note that the working holiday visa requirements may vary depending on the respective country

◈ Visa validity

  • Up to 12 months from the date of issuance of the visa
  • You can visit South Korea as many times as you like during the validity of the visa
  • You don't have to get an additional work permit
  • You have the right to exercise the functions attached to all types of temporary employment with the exception of certain specialized professions (doctors, teachers, professional athletes)

2. Come visiting South Korea (VISA)

To be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa, you must meet the following requirements:

  • be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of the visa application
  • not be accompanied by a parent during the period of your stay in South Korea
  • be in your country of residence when you apply and when your visa is issued
  • hold a valid passport
  • have health coverage valid for the duration of your stay in South Korea
  • justify that you have sufficient financial means to cover your costs at the start of your stay in South Korea
  • have a return plane ticket or sufficient means to purchase one
  • never have entered South Korea with a working holiday visa
  • attach the visa fee to your application form

* Visa fees: free

◈ Required documents

  • a visa application form completed and signed by the applicant
    • Must be indicated: the applicant's e-mail address, the postal address of his parents, their landline number
    • It is mandatory to indicate on the form, an address and a telephone number in Korea
    • The physical presence of the visa applicant is mandatory
  • A return plane ticket or a certificate of purchase of the plane ticket or a bank account statement showing sufficient resources to purchase a return plane ticket
  • A medical certificate attesting to the good health of the applicant
  • 1 certificate of assets in the amount of 2,500 euros (or photocopy of the account statement for the last month in conformity with the original) certified by the bank
  • Bulletin Nº 3 of the criminal record, dated less than 3 months 
  • The original passport
  • An identity photograph to the standards
  • A motivation letter for the trip or a program for the one-year stay (with a description of the remunerated activities that the applicant wishes to carry out in Korea or a letter explaining the reasons why the applicant ( e) wish to stay in Korea)
  • A certificate of schooling or a copy of the last diploma
  • 1 copy of proof of address (copy of the last EDF receipt, etc.) 
  • A medical insurance contract valid for 1 year and covering civil liability, repatriation and all risks related to illness, maternity, disability and hospitalization
  • Deadline: 5 working days
  • Cost : free

※ Please note that the required documents may vary between embassies / consulates. We therefore recommend that you obtain the up-to-date official information from your respective embassy / consulate before planning anything.

3. Korean (language)

Being able to speak Korean makes your application more attractive and increases your chances of finding a job. In South Korea, English is not widely spoken, both in everyday life and in the workplace. We therefore recommend that you learn as much Korean as possible before your working holiday in South Korea. There are many organizations, private and public, offering Korean language courses at various levels. The best way to do this is to contact the South Korean embassy or consulate in your country of residence to gather information regarding Korean language schools.

◈ Study Korean

4. Housing

South Korea has various types of accommodation available to those participating in the working holiday program.

☞ On arrival, you might prefer to stay in a hostel or guesthouse, as this is the perfect way to get advice and guidance at a reasonable price.


Youth hostels are plentiful in South Korea and provide quality hospitality at an affordable price to visitors.

Les guest-houses

Guesthouses are private accommodations that have been converted into guest rooms. They bring you an authentic and enriching Korean experience by promoting opportunities for interactions with local Koreans and other travelers.

Long stay


The apartment is the most common accommodation option among South Koreans and its popularity is explained by the fact that tenants are increasingly demanding when it comes to comfort. Close to almost all apartment complexes are services such as supermarkets and district authorities, as well as easy access to the public transport network. Usually apartments of this type are not furnished.

Studio (One room)

The studio is a popular and extremely popular solution for students and singles. This is a large single bedroom with a living / dining area and a kitchen area.

Officetel/Appartement studio

The Officetel is a combination of office and hotel, so people can live and work in the same building. Several of them are made available fully furnished. The Officetel is more expensive and offers more space and services than the studio. Tenants are also responsible for monthly maintenance fees and additional usage fees.


Service residences are furnished apartment buildings that provide services comparable to those of a hotel. They offer all the amenities of a modern apartment, including an indoor swimming pool, a gym and equipment in each unit. These are typically two to three times the size of an average hotel room and usually include a kitchen. Some residences may also offer house cleaning and laundry services.

Stay with host family

By living in a Korean-speaking hostel, you will have your own bedroom and eat with your hosts. It is an incredible chance to meet Koreans and share their way of life. You will be able to improve your fluency in the Korean language.

How to find

▶ On line

One convenient and economical way to find accommodation is on the Internet. The Internet can provide you with quality resources like real estate listing websites and housing listings in online newspapers.

▶ Off line

Although listing for homes on the Internet and in newspapers is a great way to find the perfect home, working directly with a real estate agent is common among potential tenants in South Korea. They are easy to find in every neighborhood. Many agencies have recognizable signs on their doorsteps, or on their windows, showing available accommodation. Once you've found the agent that's right for you, you'll tell them your terms and budget. He will guide you by showing you a range of accommodations and you can choose the one that suits your needs. The agent will have to verify the deed of ownership of the apartment and authenticate the identity of its owner.

5. Work in South Korea

Like everywhere in the world, finding a job in South Korea can be difficult, especially if you do not have a command of the Korean language. Fluency in Korean is definitely an asset in getting a job in South Korea. However, if you have the right profile and the right approach, you are likely to be successful in all types of jobs. Working in South Korea, rather than traveling there as a tourist, is a great way to integrate into Korean life and culture, and to make new friends.

◈ Jobs in South Korea available to South Korean Working Holiday Program participants


▶ Tuteur

A growing proportion of South Korea's population shows a keen interest in foreign language lessons taught by native speakers. Although teaching in public or private language institutes is not open to holders of a working holiday visa, it is possible for them to give private lessons. University level and teaching experience will be considered an asset, but in some cases enthusiasm and motivation will suffice.

▶ Translator / Writer

To be a translator / writer you must have writing skills and know how to express yourself well in the target language. This function promotes the exchange of information and ideas between languages ​​and cultures. So, you will also need an understanding of the cultures of others. Selected translators / editors may be hired for business correspondence, website development, film subtitling, translation / writing of official documents, specialist texts and related writings. areas.



As South Korea is an increasingly popular tourist destination in the world, hotels, restaurants, and caterers currently employ bilingual or native staff to assist guests and clients. A person working in this environment must absolutely be courteous, have a remarkable control of the language and have undeniable aptitudes in the interpersonal relations. The most important aspects of this industry are ensuring the comfort of customers, ensuring the quality of the food served, and providing excellent service to guests.


▶ WWOOF in South Korea

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) matches people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with those looking for volunteer help. In return for your volunteer services, WWOOF provides you with food, accommodation and the opportunity to learn more about the organic way of life.

◈ Tips for job seekers

1. Pay special attention to your resume

- Your curriculum vitae is a real passport to potential employers. It should present you clearly and succinctly and describe only the aspects relevant to the position for which you are applying. You must attach a recent ID photo.

2. Find a job

- Online job search websites are probably the most used by job seekers. The following websites are the most popular among those offering English language jobs, in terms of the quality and relevance of the information contained. Go through the list and find the one that best suits your needs.

Seoul Global Center

3. Build a network

- The majority of available jobs are never advertised; they are generally supplied through word of mouth. Your network of friends, relatives, and acquaintances is a valuable research resource.

4. Send spontaneous applications

- If you have a specific company or position in mind, prepare an application even if no job offer has been posted.

※ Questions-Answers

1. Am I limited in the type of employment I can do in South Korea with my working holiday visa?

☞ Participants in the working holiday program are allowed to exercise almost all temporary jobs with the exception of receptionists, dancers, singers, musicians, acrobats in places of entertainment which could compromise good moral values ​​and manners, or doctors, lawyers, teachers, pilots, language teachers or other professional services which require certain qualifications in accordance with national laws. If you wish to teach a foreign language in South Korea, you must apply for an E-2 visa.

2. How much money will I make?

☞ The salary depends on your skills, your experience, your level of education, your certifications and the type of employer (company). The hourly minimum for workers in South Korea is 4,580 Wons (4,860 in 2013), and part-time workers often find it difficult to cover their daily expenses with the minimum wage. Language-related careers (tutor, translator, editor, etc.) generally fall into the category of the highest paying jobs in South Korea.