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EPIK Fall 2015 updates



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Jun 13 2015

There’s some good news for people who are applying for EPIK’s Fall 2015 intake. After the fairly dire Spring 2015 intake, which was so small that EPIK never announced official numbers for it, it appears EPIK has had something of a rebound.

Earlier this week, EPIK’s official twitter account tweeted this:

I was surprised to see EPIK still soliciting new applicants so late in the process.

EPIK replied:

In my last EPIK update, I was a little critical of EPIK for seemingly announcing major changes through the recruiters Korvia. However if EPIK wants to make major announcements via me and my blog, I’m cool with that…

The announcement that they are working with more MOEs and POEs (Metropolitan/Provincial Offices of Education) is also interesting. I’m not sure which offices they are referring to, exactly. Their website currently says:

EPIK provides teaching opportunities in 15 metropolitan cities and provinces in Korea.

Specific locations vary each term. Currently, we DO NOT hire for Gyeonggi and Jeonnam.

However I haven’t been paying enough attention to notice if this represents a change, or is just what the website has always said. Gyeonggi is covered by GEPIK, and Jeollanam-do by JLP, so no surprises there. The other cities and provinces that I’d consider to have asterisks next to them are Daegu, Incheon, and Chungcheonbuk-do, which all went through major cutbacks before the last intake. It will be interesting to see if EPIK is, in fact, hiring new teachers for those areas.

The timing of EPIK’s announcement is also interesting; I wonder if they’ve experienced a series of dropouts because of the MERS scare. Personally, I’m not worried about MERS, and don’t think potential applicants should be, either, no matter how nervous it might make your parents. By the time Fall orientation comes around, MERS will either be eradicated in Korea (almost certainly), or have mutated and gone pandemic – in which case being in Korea, or not, is probably not going to make a difference, and we’ll all have much bigger things to worry about.

I wouldn’t normally advise applying to EPIK at such a late stage, but if you’re ready to apply, and are willing to work outside major cities, it might be a good time to throw your hat in the ring. And, as always, it’s nice to see that rumours of the imminent end of EPIK are unfounded.

As for TaLK, I’m afraid the signs do not look good. While no official announcement of its end has been made, they announced in early May the closure of all local application offices, followed a week later by the closure of their Seoul application office. It is one thing to close applications, but the phrasing of “closing the office” certainly has an ominous quality to it. At this point, it is impossible to apply to the TaLK program.

Waegukin wrote these 544 words on June 13th, 2015 | Posted in Teaching |

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2 comments on “EPIK Fall 2015 updates”

  1. v says:

    How are low GPA scores looked upon and do they check and deny applicants reapplying that otherwise have not passed the initial times of applying with EPIK?

  2. Audrey says:

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for your informative and honest blog. It’s certainly given me a lot to think about! I will apply for fall 2016 with EPIK. I know the application opens Feb 1. You state that its good to get your application in early so as to have better choices etc. I know it’s probably subjective (i.e. depending on how many people apply in a given year), but what would you consider early? Applying within the first month? Thanks for your help

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