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English Program in Korea
EPIK (English Program in Korea) Logo.jpg
TypeTeaching English as a foreign language

English Program in Korea(EPIK) is a program 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, EPIK encourages cross cultural exchange while promoting the development of English language competence for Korean students.[1]


Formally created in 1995 under the name KORETTA, EPIK has placed Guest English Teachers in Korean classrooms for over a decade. The program has undergone many administrative changes and is overseen by the NIIED. Currently, participants live and teach in 16 different Provinces and Metropolitan cities.


EPIK is overseen by NIIED, a division of the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST). EPIK provides recruitment and Guest English Teacher support from a central office in Seoul. In conjunction with NIIED, Provincial Offices of Education offer assistance with various daily and work related affairs to Guest English Teachers. Participants can seek guidance from representatives at their Provincial Office of Education and from EPIK.

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  1. ^ "EPIK Rationale". Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2012.

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