English Program in Korea (EPIK)

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EPIK (English Program in Korea) is a program that works to improve the English speaking abilities of students and teachers in Korea, to foster cultural exchanges, and to reform English teaching methodologies in Korea. It is affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education and is operated by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED). Established in 1995, the EPIK program encourages cross cultural exchange while promoting the development of English language skills in Korean students.

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2016 term with positions starting in late February, March and April of 2016. Positions are available throughout South Korea including key cities such as Seoul, Busan, and Daegu. Apply now to begin the process and get your adventure with EPIK Started!


based on 32 reviews
  • Benefits 8.6
  • Support 7.4
  • Fun 7.8
  • Facilities 8.4
  • Safety 9.3
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I have just begun my experience with EPIK, but so far I can say that the support from the staff and coordinators has been great. My apartment wasn't quite as nice as I had been hoping for, but after a good clean and with a little time and effort the place feels like my own now. My co teacher has been great so far and really helped me get settled in. She spoke great English and helped me sort out all the little things that need to be done when moving to a foreign country (bank account, ARC card etc). The only thing I would have liked was a little more information about adapting to life in Korea at the orientation. It was intensive training about teaching, but there was little info given about actually living in Korea.

Yes, I recommend

Good for a first-timer

This was my first experience teaching in Korea and I'm glad I went with EPIK. The 10 day orientation eased us into Korean culture so by the time I started my job it wasn't so "shocking". It's very difficult to rate EPIK though because the teachers' situations vary a lot. I ended up in a low income school on the outskirts of the city; however, I lucked out with very kind, caring co-teachers and administration. Due to my (lack of) qualifications I'm on the bottom of the payscale, which I wouldn't have minded so much had the school not set me up with an apartment in the most expensive area of the city. The cost of living where I am is just slightly higher than other areas. But other than that, I have no serious complaints :)

Yes, I recommend

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An afterthought-- I applied directly through EPIK, but you can also apply through agencies/recruiters. I have friends who highly recommend Korean Horizons. :)

About EPIK (English Program in Korea)

EPIK, English Program in Korea, affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education was established in 1995 with the missions of improving the English speaking abilities of students and teachers in Korea, to develop cultural exchange, and to reform...