JET Program

Aiming primarily to promote grass-roots internationalization at the local level, the JET Program invites young college graduates from around the world to participate in international exchange work and be involved in foreign language education at Japan’s local government offices, Boards of Education, elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools.

The JET Program has gained high acclaim both domestically and internationally for being one of the world’s largest international exchange programs, and has grown significantly over its 31 year history, with the number of countries participating in the JET Program growing from four to forty-four, and the number of participants from 848 to 5,163. Since its creation, over 66,000 people from 67 countries have participated in the JET Program, about half of these from the US.

Please note that all majors or educational specialties are welcome. Applicants must have or expect to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree by July 7, 2018, and must hold US citizenship by the application date. The ability to adapt to life in a Japanese community is a necessary requirement, therefore an interest in Japan, as well as a flexible and enthusiastic attitude, is essential. Those who meet these requirements and are interested in the program may apply for one of the following main positions:

1) Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)

ALTs are assigned to local schools and boards of education in Japan to engage in foreign language instruction. ALT s may also be involved in clubs, teacher seminars and other similar activities. Applicants must have excellent English skills as well as an interest in teaching. Neither Japanese language ability nor teaching experience is required for ALT s.

2) Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)

CIRs assist in projects related to international activities at the local government level in Japan. Duties may include translating, interpreting, receiving guests from abroad and advising on matters related to international exchange programs. A functional command of Japanese and excellent communication skills are required for CIRs.