EPIK (English Program in Korea)

The English Program in Korea (EPIK) was established in 1995 and is an exciting opportunity to teach in South Korea and help improve English skills of local people.

EPIK is affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education and is run by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED). 

EPIK hires according to the public school calendar. There are positions available for the February (first term) and August (second term) of each year.



You must be a citizen of a country where English is the primary language. EPIK teachers must be citizens of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, or South Africa. Under the CEPA agreement, Indian citizens are eligible for positions if they meet all other requirements and hold a teacher's license in English.  

You must have studied from at least the junior high level (7th Grade) and graduated from a university in one of the seven designated countries listed above. Applicants from areas such as South African, Quebec, etc. where significant portions of the population might not speak English as their primary language must provide proof that their schooling from 7th year/grade and through university was conducted in English. Letters from the schools will be sufficient proof and must be submitted with the applicant's initial application.

Korean citizens with legal residency in one of the 7 designated countries listed above are eligible to apply, but must provide proof of English education beginning from 7th year/grade and through university.

You must also hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, be mentally and physically healthy, have a good command of the English language and have the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and life.

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EPIK (English Program in Korea) Reviews

Wonderful Experience

I absolutely loved teaching in Korea through the EPIK program. I made some of my best friends in Korea, ones who I will keep and treasure forever. The orientation was so helpful in this regard! The money is good if you conscientiously decide to save. The lifestyle is amazing (safety, shopping, eating out, socialising, noraebang!) The food is AMAZING and school lunch was my favourite part of every day!! The job is easy, be it a little boring sometimes, but the more effort you make the better your classes go and the more you develop as a teacher! The hours are good, the kids are sweet, my Korean Co-workers were amazing. I think it was one of the best years of my life and I write this from Latin America where I am currently travelling on the money I saved in Korea.

By: Kim Konings
Nationality: South African
Age: 28

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