The English program in Korea, commonly referred to as the EPIK program, is the original public school program set up by the Korean Governments Ministry of Education in 1995. Its ultimate goal focused on three primary objectives: to improve the English speaking capabilities of the Korean population, to reform and unify existing English teaching approaches throughout the country, and to build and develop cultural exchanges with other countries around the world.
EPIK is a popular teaching program that attracts a lot of interest every semester. Due to the high demand many positions get filled months in advance on a first come, first served basis, therefore, making preparations to apply early is advised.
Key Note: Having your visa related documents at your disposal is NOT necessary to begin the EPIK application process – you can apply and start the process before you’ve managed to collect the needed documentation.
Starting Date: August 2017 [Now Closed]
Application Deadline: Monday May 1st 2017
Starting Date: February 2018 [Open]
Application Deadline: No deadline at this time. We will begin processing new EPIK applications in August 2017
The English Program in Korea is interested in enthusiastic individuals who have a desire to teach and a passion for learning about new cultures. Teachers must be friendly, outgoing, open minded and have the means to commit to a full year (12 months) term in South Korea.
In order to qualify candidates must be native English speakers with a valid passport and degree from 1 of the 7 designated English speaking countries; USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. Visit our Eligibility page for complete details.
Note: Job benefits may have slight variations depending on the office of education you’re working for.
Metropolitan Offices of Education
Provincial Offices of Education
Q: Will I receive any training prior to teaching?
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 orientation period. The training will consist of in-class lectures about teaching methodologies, group activities, cultural tours, 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?
Yes, applicants are allowed to make requests for specific cities or provinces on the EPIK application form. However, location requests are granted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so the location you request is not guaranteed.
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.