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. Please inquiry with the EPIK Office at email@example.com for more details.
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.
Hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
Applicants with a two year associate degree or who have completed a minimum of 2 years in university can apply to the TaLK program. http://www.talk.go.kr
Those who have a teaching license/certificate, B.Ed., M.Ed., or who majored in Teaching, TESOL, Second Language Studies (University of Hawai'i), or any other of Education-focused major (Physical Education, Math Education, etc.) are not required to have a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate. Those not meeting these requirements will need to obtain a 100 hour or more TEFL/TESOL/CELTA/etc. certificate of at least 100 hours or more from an accredited program to be eligible. This may be completed during the application process, so applicants may apply before they have obtained the certification as long as it will be finalized no later than 6 weeks before the final expected arrival date in Korea. Please note that 1 year of TaLK experience will also be counted as a 100 hour TEFL/TESOL/CELTA/etc. certificate.
Be mentally and physically healthy
Have a good command of the English language
Have the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and life
If you are a male citizen of the Republic of Korea under the age of 35, you must have either completed mandatory military service or have received an official waiver.
For more information about the mandatory military service that all Korean men are obliged to complete, please consult the following link https://www.mma.go.kr/eng/index.do
All EPIK positions are available based solely on an "on-request" basis from the Korean Provincial and Metropolitan Offices of Education..