Personal Essay | Korvia Guide

///Personal Essay | Korvia Guide

Personal Essay | Korvia Guide

UPDATED: 5/26/2015

A Personal Essay is a required component of almost all of the public school program applications in Korea. In it, applicants are prompted to write about themselves and their philosophy on teaching.

The essay is primarily used as a screening method to see an applicants dedication as well as command of the English language. Applicants submit it with their application during the Final Documents Submission period.

Personal Essay Formatting

EPIK & SMOE ProgramApplicants must respond to each question box with a 250-300 word response.250-300 words per questionSingleSize 11 Times New Roman
GEPIK ProgramApplicants must respond to an essay prompt and form included in the GEPIK application.300-500 words totalSingleSize 11 Arial
GOE ProgramApplicants must respond to an essay prompt and form included in the GOE application.500-800 words totalSingleSize 11 Arial

Standard Prompt Questions

Each program may have a different essay prompt so please consult each application form for specific topics. Typically programs ask applicants to respond to the following questions:

  • 1. Why you wish to teach in Korea
  • 2. Your teaching philosophy
  • 3. How people should deal with encountering cultural differences
By |2018-04-19T20:01:12+00:00March 17th, 2015|Document Guides, Guides|3 Comments

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  1. Abbygail Monton December 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Hello! Just to clarify, the personal essay altogether needs to be 500-800 words singled-spaced correct? And do you prefer to have each question numbered and answered separately or incorporate all three questions into one formal essay?

    • Stephen Hattersley
      Stephen Hattersley December 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Abbygail!

      While specifics for each program varies, all essays are to be single spaced. EPIK has a certain prompt where you answer the questions as an answer, whereas the GEPIK program asks you to incorporate it in the form of an essay. The GOE program’s requirements resemble GEPIK’s.

  2. Abbygail Monton December 8, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Oh okay I get it now. So the personal essay format depends on which program you’re applying. Thank you for answering my questions.

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