JET Program



The 2016 JET Program application is now closed. It will be open for 2017 departure in the fall of 2016. Please visit our official website for more information! (posted on 12/2/2015)

Every year, the Japanese government invites thousands of young college and university graduates from overseas to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program throughout Japan. Established in 1987, the program has earned a high reputation, both in Japan and overseas, for its efforts in human and cultural exchanges, and has become one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the world.


Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
The ALT assists Japanese Teachers of English (JTE) in the classroom. In addition to team-teaching, ALTs often assist in preparing for and judging speech contests, act as advisors for after-school English clubs, and participate in special school events.

*Although no Japanese language ability is required for this position, successful applicants are expected to make an effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language.
Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
The CIR works in a local government office. Typical CIR duties include editing and translating pamphlets, implementing international exchange programs, interpreting at special events, presenting cultural events, creating newsletters, and teaching English to government employees.
*Strong Japanese language skills are required for this position.
Benefits of the JET Program include:
  • an allowance of ¥ 3.36 million the first year, thereafter increasing (around $35,000, depending on the exchange rate)
  • round-trip airfare
  • health benefits
  • good vacation and travel opportunities
  • an international alumni network, the JET Alumni Association (JETAA)
Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
  • U.S. citizenship
  • have attained a Bachelor's Degree (in any field) by July 1 of the year of departure
  • ideal candidates will be flexible, adaptable, personable, articulate, and interested in Japanese culture
  • like to teach and work with children
The application process follows the general timeline below. However, please keep in mind that specific dates vary from year to year, so check back regularly or contact us for the current year's dates. The timeline is subject to change as well.

Month Timeline
Late January-Early February
End of July
Applications available
Applications due
Notifications of Acceptance (though alternates may be called until or after departure)
Departure for Japan

When available, applications can be downloaded from the JET Program's website.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Click here for an UPDATED FAQ document.
JET Alumni Association (JETAA)

The JET Alumni Association (JETAA) is a network of former JET participants organized into regional chapters. Activities vary from chapter to chapter, but typical activities include presenting information sessions for potential JET participants, organizing Japan-related activities, and holding job-fairs to help returning JETs reenter the marketplace.

To join or contact the JET Alumni Association in your area, please visit the JET Alumni homepage.

2016 JET Documents
Please click here.