Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

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About

Please direct all questions to your local JET Program Office.

The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program invites young university graduates to participate in a professional international exchange position throughout Japan. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their home countries, and play an important role in promoting understanding between nations.

JET offers two main positions:
Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) work in public K-12 schools and team-teach English with a Japanese homeroom teacher. Duties include assisting in making lesson plans, leading activities and games, and motivating students to study English.

Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) work in local government offices. Primary duties include localization / translation, assistance with international exchange programs, and community event coordination.

Questions & Answers

Thank you for your question! The JET Program has over 50 participants from the Philippines, who work as both Assistant Language Teachers and Coordinators for International Relations on JET. For more information, you should contact the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines or visit their website here: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000147.html
Thank you for your question! There is no age limit to apply to the JET Program. While most who apply are in their twenties, we welcome applications from interested parties in their thirties, forties, and beyond.
Thank you for your question! JET Program participants come from all over the world, and there are actually over 400 participants in the program from the UK. As all applications are done on a country-by-country basis, we recommend you visit the UK JET Programme's homepage here:
Thank you for the question! Any bachelor's degree is accepted on the program, so no degree is automatically given priority over when selecting candidates. That said, having teaching experience is definitely a plus when applying and will help in the classroom on JET.

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Kathy
9/10

International work experience broadens life outlook

I studied Japanese as an undergraduate, so the JET Program made sense even though I had no teaching experience. The training program provided me with extensive teaching materials, and I thus felt equipped to work with the lead English teacher in delivering content. In fact, this experience exposed me to classroom teaching and made me fall in love with it. After two years, I returned to the States to become a high school biology teacher!

Living abroad was amazing. Japan is such a clean and safe country. Its culture is deep and dynamic. I was very lucky to have lived near Kyoto City, so I admit I rarely felt isolated and there was always something new to explore.

I would advise that JET participants make a cognizant effort to befriend other Japanese, rather than English speaking friends. If your goal is to improve your language and integrate yourself into Japanese culture, it is the best [yet, sometimes hardest] thing to do!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rural
10/10

You get out of it what you put in...

There can be a lot of free time as an assistant language teacher in rural Japan, but if you use that time to your advantage (i.e., studying the language/local culture, interacting with your colleagues and students) you returns will be tenfold.

Yes, I recommend this program

About Jet Programme

The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program is a chance for young university graduates to participate in professional international exchange in Japan. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their home countries, and play an important...