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The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program is an opportunity for young college graduates to assist with international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan as either Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs).

Founded by the Japanese government in 1987 to help promote internationalization within rural Japan, JET began with less than 1,000 participants but has grown to become one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the world. Today the program has more than 4,000 current participants and over 60,000 alumni.

JET Program participants travel to Japan as representatives of their home countries and play an integral role in helping to promote grassroots internationalization and understanding. Teaching experience and Japanese language ability are not required and we encourage people of every major and background to apply!

JET is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT); the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC), and local governments throughout Japan, in cooperation with the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).


September - November

Recruitment: Campus Visits & Information Sessions

Early October

Applications open. For more info on how to apply, see this page.

Before applications open anyone interested can check the Required Documents and Supplemental Materials. Some materials can take over a month to acquire, so potential applicants should look into collecting documents early.


All applications must be RECEIVED (NOT POSTMARKED) at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. by the deadline, with no exceptions. Applications mailed to the San Francisco Consulate will not be forwarded to the Embassy, but returned to the sender.
Applicants must send all parts of the application together in one envelope. Items sent separately (e.g. letters of recommendation, transcripts) will NOT be accepted.

January - February


March - April

Applicants receive interview results


Placement notification & Pre-Departure Orientation

Early July

Visa Processing

Early August

Farewell Reception & Departure

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