A lot of people find my blog because they Google “Incheon EPIK”. This is a very brief post addressing those looking for that information.
Here are a few things I’ve learnt:
- Some people apply to Incheon because they think it’s less competitive than Seoul
- Some people are unaware that Seoul and Incheon are in fact separate cities
No jokes here: I was once asked whether I live in Seoul, and after I replied that I didn’t, the person sent me a screen shot of my own Facebook profile page and insisted that I was lying.
- Googling “Incheon” doesn’t often bring up results unrelated to the airport.
For 2, yes Incheon is very close to Seoul. I can go there on a whim. From where I am, far in the South of Incheon, it’s a bit of a trip, but for some people in Incheon, it takes less time to reach areas like Hongdae than it takes for them to get to where I live.
But for 1… it just isn’t true. Especially if you’re going through EPIK.
For example, in my intake (Spring 2013), there were 11 of us placed in Incheon. There were A LOT more people going to Seoul (I’m not sure how many, but I’d hazard a guess at 60-80 people). My coworker was placed in Incheon in the Fall 2013 intake. There were initially 5 spots for Incheon, but it was increased to 10. She tells me that in her intake, there were also loads of people going to Seoul.
With recent developments in Incheon (
which I will post more about when I know more EDIT: which I have now written about in more detail, including some new information about other areas), when you’re filling in your EPIK form, I wouldn’t suggest saying that you want to be placed in Incheon. It’s not that I don’t love living here – I do. Incheon has a lot to recommend it (other than its proximity to Seoul), but if it’s a public school job you want… this might not be the place to get it.