EPIK – English Program in Korea (BMCOE)

A program sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education. The EPIK program was established in 1995 with the mandate to improve the English speaking abilities of students and teachers in Korea and to develop cultural exchanges. Through the EPIK Program, over 1,000 teachers are placed in ESL teaching jobs every year.

1.  Location

EPIK teachers can work in almost any province of Korea. Location preference is granted on a first come-first served basis. EPIK will decide which Provincial Office of Education (POE) the teacher will work for after receiving the teacher’s documents. Then, the POE will determine the teacher’s school placement. Teachers will work at primary and secondary schools within a designated POE, but some may be asked to also work at other educational facilities within the POE system.

2. Eligibility

  • Be a citizen of a country where English is the primary language. (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United State, and South Africa)
  • Hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Be a maximum of 62 years of age / Be a mentally and physical healthy, Have a good command of  the English language.
  • Have the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and lifestyle.

3. Remuneration

Monthly salary ranges from 1.8 mill. KRW to 2.7mill. KRW, depending upon qualifications and experiences. Payday is on the 17th day of each month. The one-time settlement allowance of 300,000 KRW is also provided within the first   two weeks of arrival, usually the airfare reimbursement following shortly after within a month also.

Upon successful completion of each 1 year contract, GEPIK teachers are rewarded with one month's salary as a severance payment in accordance with the Labor Standards Act of Korea.

4. Contract Term and other Conditions

The contract term is for ONE YEAR (365 calendar days).  The foregoing contract period may be renewed by the mutual written agreement of the host POEs and EPIK teachers. As early termination of the contract will cause inconvenience to the host POEs as well as the EPIK teachers, all EPIK teachers are expected to fulfill the contract term.

Working hours – 8 hours a day, five days a week, excluding Sat, Sundays and Korean national holidays.

5. Benefits


Offers a furnished housing including kitchenware, a washing machine, a refrigerator, a TV set, etc. Any and all fees, charges, costs, taxes, expenses, etc. incurred while using the facility however will be borne by the teacher.


EPIK teacher’s flights to and from Korea are reimbursed by the school upon arrival and departure respectively. If the teacher renews the contract for another year, he/she will be entitled to a 2 week (incl. weekend) “Home Leave” vacation, and the airfare for this vacation is reimbursed upon return.

Paid Vacation

EPIK offers 180 working days’ vacation per year which should be used during school vacation periods usually in the months of July-August and/or January-February. Teachers do not work during weekends and the Korean National Holidays.

* EICO have been appointed as an official EPIK(BMCOE) partner and we have placed numerous teachers here. We, EICO members would like to invite you to this great opportunity.