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EPIK Program Common Questions

EPIK Q&A - Common Questions about the EPIK Program

Q: Will I receive any training or orientation?
Teachers who gain employment through EPIK will be provided with a thorough training and orientation period in Korea. In most cases, teachers are expected to arrive 8 days prior to the contract starting date in order to complete the EPIK training and orientation period. The training period will consist of in-class lectures about teaching methodologies, group activities, cultural tours and presentations, movie nights and much more.
Q: Can I submit my application and begin the process before I've collected all of my required documentation?
Yes. You don’t need to have all of your required documents at your disposal in order for Gone2Korea to submit your EPIK application and have your official interview scheduled. All we need in order to submit your application and schedule your official interview (1st stage) is a completed EPIK application form and two (2) letters of recommendation.
Q: Can I choose specific cities or provinces to work in?
Unfortunately EPIK no longer allows applicants to request specific cities or provinces. Alternatively, applicants can select from metropolitan cities or provincial education offices. There’s also an option to be considered for Seoul; however, applicants generally require a strong application (lots of credentials and a high GPA) in order to be considered for Seoul.
Q: Are TEFL certificates mandatory for securing employment with EPIK and SMOE?
It depends on your degree/major and other credentials. If you have an unrelated major and no teaching credentials (e.g. teaching licence, full time teaching experience, master’s degree, etc.) then getting TEFL certified is now requested by the EPIK and education offices. Note: Getting TEFL certified will provide you with valuable knowledge (teaching methodologies, lesson planning, class activities, etc.) that will help you with your transition into the English teaching field (it’s beneficial to the students you’ll be teaching as well). Additionally, getting certified will provide you with more international teaching opportunities later on.
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