Letters of Recommendation | Korvia Guide

///Letters of Recommendation | Korvia Guide

Letters of Recommendation | Korvia Guide

Letters of Recommendation (sometimes referred to as LORs) are letters written by an employer, supervisor, or past teacher to comment about your working ability.

Who Should I Request a LOR From?

To teach in South Korea, two letters of recommendation are required. The EPIK and GEPIK programs only accept letters that are written from direct supervisors from past or current workplaces or from academic professors at colleges and universities.

What Must My LOR Contain?

Letters of Recommendation must contain certain information and items to be accepted by teaching programs in Korea. Your 2 letters of recommendation must:

  • Be printed on official company or university letterhead
  • The date of its writing
  • The position title of the referee
  • The contact email & phone number of the referee
  • An ink signature by the referee (Cannot be a digital signature)

What if my School or Workplace Will Not Print on their Official Letterhead?

If your referee is unable to print on official letterhead, they are able to submit their business card as proof of company/institute relationship as well as authorship. Obtain the referee’s business card and submit it with the corresponding letter of recommendation.

Submission of Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation are submitted twice during the application process. Digital scanned copies are needed during the Initial Documents stage, and then the physical original copies are submitted with your Final Documents package after securing a position.

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By |2018-04-19T20:01:13+00:00March 16th, 2015|Document Guides, Guides|18 Comments

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Started in 2006, Korvia Consulting is one of the premiere recruiting agencies in South Korea. Korvia works directly with the Korean government to places native English teachers into ESL positions at public schools in Korea.


  1. Amy Ly September 29, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Hi there!

    Its been a few years since my undergrad and unfortunately, I’ve lost contact with my professors. I have two people in mind; One is my former manager and another is a ‘lead’ team member who has been my main supervisor in conjunction with my manager. Is it alright to use this lead team member for my LOR? His title is Benefits Service Lead. Please advise.

    Thank you!

  2. Asha Robinson July 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply


    My former director is no longer working at the organization, so what should she use for a letter head?


  3. Natania January 22, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Korvia

    Just wanted to know if my manager no longer works at my company, can I still use him as my reference, if yes what letter head should he use?


    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting January 23, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Natania,

      You must obtain a reference letter who can provide a letterhead. However, a reference letter is valid for 2 years so you can use it if you already obtained the letter previously.

  4. Lorna January 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply


    I do not have an original physical copy, only a scanned copy. Would a print out of that scanned copy be acceptable in the final documents package?


    • Henry Oh
      Henry Oh January 30, 2018 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Lorna,

      The printed recommendation letter will not be acceptable for your EPIK final document.

  5. Carla February 1, 2018 at 5:26 am - Reply


    On the official EPIK letter template it says “Please write specific information attesting to the applicant’s ability to teach in Korea.” I don’t have teaching experience so I am planning to obtain a letter of recommendation from one of my university professors. However, I would like to know how would that work since my professors only know me as a student and not as a teacher. Can they just talk about my character in general or my qualities as a student? What do they need to mention in order for me to be able to use their letter?

    Thank you so much!

  6. Timothy February 5, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply


    I currently teach at a Hagwon in Korea. I have two people in mind who can write a letter of recommendation. However, they live in America. To avoid the cost on their behalf to send the original letters to me, will the scan copy be sufficient?

    Thank you

    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting February 5, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Timothy,

      EPIK require original copy of recommendation letter, and your current Korean employer must give one of them. Please contact your Korvia recruiter for better advice because it may vary depends on the program that you are applying.

  7. Reagan February 8, 2018 at 3:48 am - Reply

    I have a few supervisors in mind who can attest to my teaching ability as well as my experience with children, however, many of them have moved on in their careers and no longer work for the organization. So is their any way they can still write the letters. My more recent supervisors are new to the job and can’t fully speak to my ability.

    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting February 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Reagan,

      You can still obtain the letter from him/her and he/she can use his/her current organization’s letterhead.

  8. Jo April 14, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply


    The private school I once worked for in S. Korea in 2006 – 2007 is no longer operating. I have tried to contact the director and head teacher of the school, but the only person from the school I can contact for a reference is one of the Korean teachers at the school who is now living in Canada. She has been my reference recently for my current ESL job, however, she just had a baby and now stays at home. Since she’s not part of a company with an official letterhead, can she still provide a recommendation for me? It seems unfair that a person’s recommendation would not be accepted simply because they are no longer working for a company. Thank you for any assistance.

    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting April 16, 2018 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Hi Jo,

      We advise you to talk with your recruiter for this matter, please.

  9. Danielle May 23, 2018 at 5:10 am - Reply


    For PROFESSIONAL Letters of Recommendations, do these need to be sealed or not? Also, if I am to submit PERSONAL CHARACTER Letters of Recommendations, do these need a business card/letter head if they don’t work with me?

    Thank you for the prompt reply!

  10. J October 4, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Can the letter be written in Korean by a Korean professor?

  11. Johnny October 28, 2018 at 1:37 am - Reply

    I studied abroad for one year in Korea, and the exchange program required us to teach our Korean roommates English. I am still very close to the Exchange Program Director and program manager; I wanted to ask them if they could write me a letter of recommendation for me. The only issue is that they are in Korea while I am in America, how would getting the original copy work? Would they have to send it to your location in Seoul?

  12. Macarena November 14, 2018 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I studied English Literature and Linguistics in Chile but the whole B.A. was held in English as the main language and with some native speakers as teachers. Also, I’m doing the TEFL online certification from a university in the United States.
    Taking all this into consideration, would I be eligible for the program even though I’m a Spanish native speaker with fluent English?
    I am asking because I am going to Korea and I wanted to get a job in my field, high school education.
    I hope you can give me some guidance.
    Thank you in advance!

  13. Leigh December 29, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Hello, can I request my letters from two different bosses at one position (ex, the Director and Associate DIrector)? Or do they need to come from two different locations?

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