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

ProgramInstructionsLengthSpacingFont
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