What Are the EPIK, GEPIK, SMOE, and TaLK Government Programs for Teaching English in South Korea?

By Ashley Houston

If South Korea is at the top of your list of destinations for teaching English abroad, you may have come across one of the acronyms above. If a private language school (hagwon) doesn’t interest you, one of the South Korean government public school programs represented by these acronyms may be a great fit! Here's a quick breakdown of what each abbreviation stands for and what each teaching program offers you as an English teacher in South Korea.

What Are Salaries for Teaching English in South Korea?

What Are the Requirements for the EPIK Program for Teaching English in South Korea?

There are several requirements you need to satisfy before being able to apply for the EPIK Program. 

Some of these requirements include having a BA Degree or above from an accredited college or university, having a clean criminal background check, and meeting all visa requirements for an E-2 or F-4 visa. To see a complete list of all EPIK Program requirements, continue reading...

What is the EPIK Program for Teaching English in South Korea?

By: Jessie Smith

An Overview of the EPIK Program for Teaching English in South Korea

EPIK, which stands for English Program In Korea, is a teaching program sponsored through the Korean Ministry of Education. Accepted participants are placed in public school positions throughout the country, so while you can list your preferences, assignments are decided on a first come-first serve basis, and your location will ultimately be assigned to you. You can increase your chance of getting the placement you want by making sure to apply ASAP when the application period opens.

What is there to do for fun while teaching English in Korea?

From stunning natural beauty, dynamic cities and thousands of years history and culture, to fantastic cuisine and world class nightlife, Korea offers foreign English teachers a wealth of new and fun experiences.  Whether you enjoy hiking, going to baseball games, or playing jazz in a funk bank, Korea offers something for everybody.  Here are just some of the attractions you can look forward to when you embark on your adventure of teaching English in Korea.