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The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program invites young college and university graduates from overseas to participate in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs).

Begun in 1987 with fewer than 1,000 participants, the JET Program has grown tremendously. Today, the program is one of Japan’s largest cultural exchange programs, with over 4,700 participants taking part in the program this year from 43 countries. More than half of these participants are from the United States. There have been approximately 60,000 people spread across the world who have participated in the program.

Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their home countries, and play an important role in promoting mutual understanding between nations. Although no prior teaching experience and no prior Japanese-language skills are necessary (for the ALT position), successful JET Program applicants must have a strong sense of responsibility, a genuine interest in learning about Japan, and an ability to adapt to a different culture and new situations.

The program 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

October 1st

Applications become available.
There is much you can do before applications are online! Please see the list of Required Documents and Supplemental Materials. Some items (e.g. criminal background check) may take up to one month to obtain, therefore it would be in your best interest to begin collecting your documents as soon as possible.

November 13th

Application deadline: November 13th

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 this 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.



March - April

Results notification to applicants


Placement notification & Pre-Departure Orientation

Early July

Visa Processing

Early August

Farewell Reception & Departure

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