Say “김치”! EPIK Application “Passport Quality” Photo


“Applicants must attach a professional photo in the box provided. The photo should consist of the applicant’s head and shoulders. Make sure to smile and look friendly as this is going to be your school’s first impression.” – EPIK Fall 2016 Application Directions

I recommend taking your own photos to avoid paying too much and ending up with a photo that you are not happy with putting on your application.

What you will need –

  • List Free IconDigital Camera / Smartphone with camera
  • A white or off-white background (I used a school whiteboard)
  • Good lighting
  • A tripod or someone to take the picture. Now is not the time to test your selfie skills!
  • “Professional” attire (neck-ish down).
  • A smile 🙂

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Once you take several photos, select which one you feel most comfortable with putting on your application. I used to crop my photos. I went ahead and cropped my photo to the KOREAN STANDARD SIZE of 4.5cm x 3.5cm as well as US STANDARD SIZE of 2in x 2in. I downloaded the photo files and uploaded them to my Walgreens account where I had them printed the same day.


Fast, easy, and unlike many things in this process, CHEAP!

Final documents submission to EPIK: I left the digitally inserted photo included in my digital submission ON my physical final documents submission and also included 2 hard copies of my passport quality photo. That is confusing.

While you’re at it, go ahead and get multiple prints done so that you can use them in the future (like your visa application!). Photos are required on many documents in Korea so having these prepared will save you time and money down the road.

Ad astra per aspera,


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