EPIK Application Assistance for South Korea


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Ciee tefl offers expert guidance for the epik application to help ciee tefl students and alumni successfully secure public school positions in south korea.

EPIK is a prestigious, government-sponsored program that places teachers in paid positions at public schools throughout South Korea. It’s competitive, but CIEE prepared an online course packed full of helpful advice and tips to help you submit a strong application to EPIK!

EPIK Position Highlights: 

  • Work side-by-side with Korean co-teachers in your classrooms!
  • Generous monthly salary: at least 2 million won (approx. $1,700 USD) on a renewable 12-month contract.
  • Rent-free apartment
  • Weeklong orientation on arrival
  • Relocation allowance of 1.3m won after arrival, to help reimburse the cost of airfare.
  • Enrollment in South Korea’s National Health Insurance System
EPIK Arrival season start ciee tefl course by epik applications open
Early February (Spring) July 1 August 1 (estimated)
Early August (Fall) January 1 February 1 (estimated)


Assistance with EPIK’s application is available to all current students and alumni of CIEE TEFL's 150-hour TEFL Certification course. Please note that placement assistance does not include individual feedback on the application essays or lesson plans, assistance with visa application, or in-country support from CIEE.

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What's Included

  • Online course full of advice to make your EPIK application as strong as possible
  • Tips for writing a compelling Example Lesson Plan for EPIK
  • Guidance on how to prepare the necessary documents that EPIK will need

The Take-Aways


    Live rent-free, and earn a generous salary. Use your income to travel, save, or pay off student loans!


    EPIK places teachers in communities throughout South Korea, although Seoul tends to be very competitive.

  • Easy Application

    EPIK’s application is competitive and time-sensitive. Guidance from CIEE TEFL can help maximize your odds of success!

The EPIK program allows candidates to list one preferred placement location only, from a list of Provinces and Metropolitan Areas. This interactive map lets you see the available areas, with a short description of each. Placement in your preferred area is not guaranteed. Please note that Seoul is the most competitive location, which means the lowest likelihood of getting your request.

If you don’t have extensive teaching experience but want to maximize your chance of an urban placement, we suggest aiming for Daegu, Daejeon, Incheon, Gwangju or Ulsan. All are cities with populations of at least 1,000,000. Gyeonggi province is another popular choice – it offers proximity to Seoul, but is a bit less competitive. Busan is only available as a choice if you have an Education degree or a TEFL course that was conducted in-person (CIEE’s online TEFL course does not qualify for Busan).

EPIK offers relatively little control over where you are placed. However, Korea is a small country with excellent public transit, so there will be plenty of opportunities to visit the cities and attractions that are most exciting to you!

This interactive map lets you see the available areas, with a short description of each.

Job Description

EPIK teachers are full-time instructors of English as a Foreign Language (EFL)! They are expected to plan and deliver lessons in a (mostly) immersive English environment, using little or no Korean with their students.

Teachers work side-by-side with a Korean co-teacher most of the time, although they still have full responsibility for the class. Schools provide textbooks and some guidance about units and curriculum.


For an entry-level position, compensation is quite generous. Since you also receive a rent-free apartment, it will be easy to save money each month. The base salary is 2 million won (approx. $1,700 USD), which increases slightly with certain credentials, or with placement in certain regions. For details, see EPIK’s pay scale.

  • Schools and Ages

    EPIK’s foreign teachers normally rotate between 2-4 different schools on different days of the week. You can expect to be the only expat teacher. Class sizes are usually 20-30 students. Virtually all teachers will teach elementary school classes, although some may have a few middle school classes as well.

  • Workload and Vacation

    EPIK teachers work Monday to Friday, and normally have 20-25 classroom teaching hours each week, not counting commuting, lesson prep, meetings, special events, or free periods. You’ll get 26 paid vacation days that you can use during school breaks in January, February, and August. You’ll also get paid time off on national holidays, too – Korea has a lot of these!


There are a few simple requirements. These, plus a sense of adventure and a desire to cross cultural boundaries and engage with people eager to learn English, will make you a great candidate.


  • Currently enrolled in or completed CIEE TEFL’s 150-hour TEFL Certification course.
  • Native or fluent English speaker
  • Education from grade 7 through university conducted in English
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field, from a university in one of the countries listed below
  • Valid passport from the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.
  • Clean criminal history (no arrests)
  • On paper, EPIK does not accept candidates aged 62 or older. In our experience, it’s very difficult for candidates over the age of 45 to achieve acceptance and placement with EPIK.


If you meet the requirements above you can enroll

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EPIK Application Assistance from CIEE TEFL does not include pre-departure or in-country support from CIEE. If you are interested in that type of support, check out our Teach Abroad programs.

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