Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Elizabeth Tannenbaum


This paper examines both practical considerations for sojourners who are planning to work overseas in South Korea’s English Program in Korea (EPIK) and reflections on the author’s experiences with this program. The first section of the paper presents pre-departure, arrival and descriptions of what the school and housing might consist of, followed by reflections on the author’s direct experiences through three paradigms: world view, intercultural adjustment, and culture shock. While the main focus of this paper is on native English speakers participating in EPIK, the practical considerations and discussion may also be generally helpful for hosting organization as well as others who are considering working overseas.


East Asian Languages and Societies | First and Second Language Acquisition | International and Comparative Education