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How To Get Accepted into the EPIK Program
Written by: Joe Yoon
Last Updated: July 19, 2021
The EPIK (English Program in Korea) Program is a great way to teach English in South Korea’s public schools. It is a competitive program to get into so here are some tips to help guide you through EPIK’s application process.
1. Make sure you meet EPIK's requirements
You don’t want to spend hours on end on the application just to find out that you don’t meet the basic requirements for the program. So, take a couple of minutes to find what you need for EPIK acceptance.
BA Degree of above (from an accredited college or University)
Native English speaker with citizenship from either Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, or Ireland);
Clean Criminal Background Check (CRC);
Meet all visa requirements for an E-2 or F-4 visa
TEFL/TESOL/CELTA Certificate, BA or MA in Education, or a teaching license. Teachers with 20+ hours of in-person practicum are preferred
NOTE: Applicants with interest in teaching English in Busan must have 50+ hours of in-person practicum hours with his/her TEFL course
Read More: What is the EPIK Program?
2. Applying early may improve acceptance rate
Do not procrastinate if you want to get into the EPIK program. Increase your EPIK acceptance rate knowing the following:
Applications must be submitted between Feb-July for the Fall Term and between Aug-Jan for the Spring Term.
The first applicants to interview are the first ones to get placed. If you procrastinate on the application, you may be put on a waitlist or not get placed at all.
Get started on your letters of recommendation ASAP. All applicants must also have their original hard copies of their letters of recommendation that were sent in electronically with the application.
Read More: EPIK Timeline
3. Complete a background check
You will want to start this process prior to your interview with EPIK in order to make sure your background check come back in time.
This process can take anywhere from 3-8 weeks long.
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4. Develop a lesson plan & take your TEFL course
Create an organized and engaging lesson plan as part of the application. This is your opportunity to impress EPIK!
Taking your TEFL course early will prepare you to create an attractive lesson plan for the EPIK application.
The practicum portion of the course will give you hands on experience teaching English prior to your interview with EPIK.
The sooner you enroll; the sooner you receive Job Search Guidance and the sooner you can begin working with your student affairs advisor on further tips for your EPIK application.
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From the Chicago suburbs, Joe decided to teach English in Korea because his family is originally from Daegu, South Korea. Joe holds an MA in Educational Administration and currently works as an Admissions Advisor at International TEFL Academy where he spends his days helping people from all backgrounds achieve their goals of living overseas and teaching English abroad.
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