Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

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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! For the Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) position, no Japanese language ability is required to apply and be accepted. However for the Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) position, applicants are expected to have fluent written and spoken Japanese. Hope that helps! San Francisco JET Program Coordinator
Thank you for your question! JETs frequently bring their spouses or children on the program. If you do have a partner you will need to secure them a Dependent visa through the Japanese Embassy or consulate that you are applying through. Be aware that if you want to bring your partner, the Japanese government will likely require a marriage certificate as proof of your relationship. Hope that helps!...


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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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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...