SMOE Process Timeline

Apply at

Applicants must fill out an online application form at If accepted, candidates will then be matched with a recruiter who will schedule an individual interview session to help decide which program/positions are best for them.

Submit EPIK Application, SMOE Attachment, & Initial Documents

Applicants complete and submit a program application and the initial documents required for that program.

EPIK Interview

EPIK will schedule an interview time for official EPIK/SMOE program acceptance

Submit EPIK & SMOE Final Documents

Candidates must gather and send in all the their required final documents to Korvia during the specified submission timeline. Korvia then double checks each document and then forwards it to the EPIK Headquarters.


Placement is based on a first-come first-serve basis. Once your documents are received, EPIK will look at your application and place you in either a location that you specified a preference for or another area where you are needed.

Apply for Visa with NOA

After your placement is confirmed with EPIK and SMOE, they will send you a Notification of Appointment number that you must take to the nearest Korean consulate in your country to apply for a Korean teaching visa.

Book a One-way Flight Ticket

After securing your visa, teachers must book a one-way plane ticket to South Korea. While the ticket’s cost must be paid upfront by the teacher, they will later get reimbursed after their first paycheck for the ticket’s costs.

EPIK Orientation in Korea

SMOE Teachers will fly to South Korea and meet EPIK at the airport where they will take transportation to their particular EPIK/SMOE orientation venue.

First Day of School

Congratulations! You are now officially an SMOE teacher! This marks the beginning of your teaching career in South Korea!