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From Integration to Employment: The KIIP Program and Job Prospects in South Korea

Updated: Mar 7


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I. What is the KIIP Program?


The Korean Immigration and Integration Program (KIIP), also known as 사회통합프로그램 (Sahoe Tonghap Program) in Korean, helps foreigners settle into Korean society. It focuses on teaching the Korean language, culture, and work skills. KIIP has language classes for all levels to improve speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It also offers courses on Korean customs and traditions to help foreigners understand and adapt to life in Korea.


II. Why Should You Do KIIP?


Joining the KIIP program can greatly help foreigners looking to work in South Korea, such as becoming a delivery scooter driver in Seoul. Here’s why KIIP is beneficial:


  1. Better Job Chances: Completing KIIP can improve your odds of getting hired. It shows you know Korean well and understand the culture, making you stand out to employers.

  2. Stronger Language Skills: For delivery drivers, clear communication with customers and co-workers is key. KIIP teaches practical Korean, helping you serve customers better and enjoy your job more.

  3. Cultural Insights: Learning about Korean customs and traditions through KIIP makes living and working in Korea smoother. It helps you connect with people and enriches your experience as a delivery driver.


III. The KIIP Program Structure


The Korean Immigration and Integration Program (KIIP) consists of several levels designed to help you learn the Korean language, culture, and society. Each level focuses on different aspects of language acquisition and understanding. Here is a breakdown of the program's levels:


Level 0 (15 hours)

Level 1 (100 hours)

Level 2 (100 hours)

Level 3 (100 hours)

Level 4 (100 hours)

Level 5 Basic Course (50 hours for Permanent Residency Test)

Level 5 Advanced Course (50 hours + 20 hours for Naturalization Test)


IV. KIIP Level Tests: Dates and Registration


As part of the KIIP program, participants are required to take level tests to assess their language proficiency and determine the appropriate course placement. Here's what you need to know about the level tests:

Test Locations: Tests can be taken in 15 cities: Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Suwon, Jeju, Daegu, Daejeon, Yeosu, Yangju, Gwangju, Changwon, Jeonju, Chuncheon, Cheongju, and Ulsan.

Test Structure: The KIIP level tests are divided into four sections: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. These tests evaluate your overall language abilities and ensure that you are placed in a course that aligns with your skill level.


2023 KIIP test structure
2023 KIIP Test Structure

Test Schedule: KIIP test registration starts at 9:00 AM, and spots go fast. From March 2022, you can choose between computer-based tests (CBT) and traditional paper tests. There are around 20 CBT sessions (CBT사전평가) for pre-tests and 2 for comprehensive tests (CBT종합평가귀화용) each month, offering more options.


topik schedule 2023
TOPIK Schedule 2023

Test Preparation: Regular language practice is key for the KIIP level tests. Get to know the test format and brush up on necessary vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structures. Use sample tests and resources from the KIIP website for practice.

Test Results and Course Placement: Your test results will show your language level, ranging from 1 (beginner) to 5 (advanced) in the KIIP program. You'll be placed in a course that fits your proficiency and learning goals based on these results.


V. The Fast-Track to Completing the KIIP Program


Passing the TOPIK test lets KIIP program participants move to higher levels quickly, saving time. Here's how it works:


  1. TOPIK Level 1: Pass and skip KIIP Level 1, directly advance to KIIP Level 2.

  2. TOPIK Level 2: Pass and skip KIIP Level 2, directly advance to KIIP Level 3.

  3. TOPIK Level 3: Pass and skip KIIP Level 3, directly advance to KIIP Level 4.

  4. TOPIK Level 4 or higher: Pass and skip lower levels, directly advance to the final KIIP Level 5.

Scoring higher in TOPIK means skipping beginner courses in KIIP, fast-tracking your progress to focus on advanced language and cultural studies.

Submitting Your TOPIK Certificate for KIIP Class


To start your KIIP class at the appropriate level, you have two options for submitting your TOPIK certificate. Here's what you need to know:


Option 1: Visit your nearest immigration office

  • Submit your valid TOPIK certificate directly at the immigration office.

  • This allows you to get assigned to the appropriate level without taking the pre-test.

Option 2: Contact the immigration support center

  • Dial 1345 to reach the immigration support center.

  • Inform them of your intentions to submit your TOPIK certificate.

  • They will ask for the region you're staying in and provide you with the correct email address to send your documents to. Note that the email address is region-specific.

  • The support center will also inform you about the required documents to include in your submission.

The following documents are typically requested:

  1. 사회통합프로그램 TOPIK 신청서 (Application form for the Social Integration Program):

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  1. TOPIK Results: Include a copy of your TOPIK test results.

  2. ARC (Alien Registration Card) copy: Provide a copy of your ARC.

After submitting your documents, it usually takes 3-5 days to process, though it might take up to a week. The immigration office's contact is only available during working hours.


Moving Forward


KIIP is a great chance for foreigners in South Korea to get better at Korean, learn about the culture, and gain new job skills. It not only helps with becoming part of Korean society but also opens up many job opportunities. Joining KIIP shows your dedication to living and working in Korea.

Take this chance for personal and professional growth. Check out our website for more information and to start your KIIP journey.


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