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How to Apply

Next Application Period: Fall 2015

 

The application period for the 2015 JET program has closed. The next application cycle will begin in fall of this year for individuals applying to the 2016 JET Program.

 

Materials currently listed on this page are from the prior application cycle. Please note that these will be updated for the 2016 JET Program and may be subject to change. They are provided here as a reference for interested individuals, but should NOT be used for applying to the next application cycle.

 

 

 

 

Application Guidelines

 

Before beginning the application process, all aspiring JET Program ALTs and CIRs should read the 2015 JET Program Guidelines. Applicants will be asked to confirm that they have read and understood the guidelines and will be expected to abide by the terms and conditions contained therein.

 


 

General Instructions

 

Please read carefully:

  • To apply for the 2015 JET Program, applicants must submit all required documents in hard copy to the JET Program Office in Washington DC by the application deadline.
  • Review the instructions below carefully and use the Checklist & Mailing Instructions when preparing your application for submission.
  • Please note that for most items, one original and two copies are required, whereas for certain irreplaceable items (such as passports, diplomas, birth certificates, etc.) three photocopies will suffice. This will be specified in the Checklist & Mailing Instructions. In these specific cases, please DO NOT send your original, as these items will not be returned.
  • The JET Program Office will not return ANY materials submitted with the application.
  • Applicants should gather all materials and submit a single application packet to the JET Program Office. The JET Program Office will not be responsible for missing or lost items which were mailed separately.
  • Do not circle or highlight items on the application or in your documents. Instead, attach a sticky note if you feel additional explanation is necessary.
  • After collecting all materials, applicants are encouraged to make a photocopy of their application packet for their own records.

 

A PDF version of this page is also available here.

 

 

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

The following are required for all applicants. Failure to provide these documents with your application will result in the application being disqualified.

 

 

 

Application Form

Required for all applicants (signed and dated)

 

The Application Form is the main portion of the JET Program application and it must be filled out online via the Apply Yourself portal page. After filling out the application and reviewing your answers, be sure to hit the "submit" button when completed or your application will not be registered. Please note that all applicants who correctly submit the online portion of the application will receive an email notification. If you do not receive an email notification, you either did not submit the application online or you did not correctly register your email address. Please contact the JET Program Office in this instance.

 

The online portal is designed to assimilate information into the correct format and it is necessary to submit the application online for proper registration, but it is the hard copy of the application which is reviewed. It is therefore your responsibility to ensure that all information is visible in the printed version of the application and that the full application is included in the packet of application materials you will turn in to the JET Program Office.

 

After you submit your application and print the PDF, a faint watermark "Applicant Copy" may appear. If the watermark does not appear, it may simply be too faint to appear with your printer settings. Be sure to sign and date on the last page of the application, then make photocopies so that all sets show your signature and date. Failure to do so may disqualify your application.

 

2015 JET Program Application Portal

Deadline has passed (November 14, 2014)

 

 

 

Self-Assessment Medical Form

Required for all applicants (signed and dated)

 

The Self-Assessment Medical Form is part of the online application portal. All applicants must answer all questions in the Self-Assessment Medical Form. Your application cannot be processed without this form.

 

It is important that you submit correct information regarding your medical history. If you now have or have ever had any physical or mental condition/illness, your physician must attach a statement to provide an explanation indicating whether you are fit to participate on the JET Program and to live and work overseas, using the Physician's Form listed below. Please note that listing physical or mental conditions on the Self-Assessment Medical Form will not disqualify your application, but failure to provide a complete and detailed Physician's Form, if one is required, may disqualify your application.

 

This information will be used to your benefit in deciding your contracting organization as well as in serving as a quick reference should any medical emergencies arise while you are participating on the JET Program.

 

Due to the time it takes to schedule appointments with physician's offices, applicants with any medical history should plan ahead in order to assure that they can provide the completed Physician's Form before the application deadline.

To facilitate your appointment, please see this example of the 2015 Self-Assessment Medical Form. This is provided so that applicants can check the need to submit a Physician's Form. Note that the actual Self-Assessment Medical Form is a required part of the online application and this example cannot be submitted to fulfill the requirement.

 

Self-Assessment Medical Form (EXAMPLE)

 

Deadline has passed (November 14, 2014)

 

 

 

Authorization and Release Form

Required for all applicants (signed and dated)

 

The Authorization and Release Form is part of the online application portal. All applicants must answer all questions in the Self-Assessment Medical Form. Your application cannot be processed without this form.

 

This form allows the JET Program Office and the government of Japan to use the information provided in your application for the purposes of selection for the JET Program.

 

Deadline has passed (November 14, 2014)

 

 

 

Transcripts from ALL College / University Courses

Required for all applicants

 

Applicants are required to provide transcripts from ALL college or university courses you have taken or are currently taking, including community college, junior college, study abroad, and associate’s degree transcripts. You must provide OFFICIAL, hard-copy transcripts.

 

Transcripts must show the names of all courses completed, the dates of this course work, and the grades received for each course. If your school uses narratives instead of letter grades, you must include all narratives with your official transcript.

 

Transcripts downloaded from the Internet or sent by email will NOT be accepted for any school. Please note that transcripts which indicate "Official as a PDF" are only official in electronic format and when printed no longer satisfy the JET Program requirement.


If you are unable to obtain an official transcript, you may submit an unofficial transcript, provided that it is clearly marked with an inked/embossed registrar’s seal and/or signature to authenticate it and shows no signs of tampering. Tampering refers to the changing of grades, course names or dates without the approval of the university. Tampering does not refer to opening the envelope containing the transcripts. Although the envelope containing your transcripts may warn “Not Official If Opened,” for the purposes of this application, you should open the envelope and remove the transcripts to make the required copies. The JET Program Office at the Embassy of Japan will make the final determination on whether an unofficial transcript is acceptable.

 

If you are unable to obtain an official transcript, an official letter from a dean, registrar, or academic advisor will also be accepted. A letter from a professor will not be accepted. The letter should be on university letterhead and must include:

  • the name(s) of all courses completed
  • the dates of this course work
  • the grade received for each course

If you were transferred from other institutions to the current college or university and your current university transcript shows all of the following information from your transfer school, you do not need to provide the transcript from the school you transferred from:

  • the name of the institution(s) you were transferred from
  • the name(s) of all courses completed
  • the dates of this course work
  • the grade received for each course

Please check your official transcripts carefully to ensure that all required information is present. If any of this information is missing from the main transcript, and you do not provide original transcripts from the previous institution(s), the application will be deemed incomplete and disqualified.

 

If you took classes at a college or university as a high school student, please make a note of this on the transcript by attaching a sticky note.  DO NOT write on the transcript itself.

 

 

When applications are incomplete, the transcripts are the most common area for applicants to fail to provide all required information. If you have questions about whether your transcripts will fulfill the requirements listed above, please contact the JET Program Office.

 

 

 

Proof of Graduation

Required for all applicants

 

If you have already earned a Bachelor’s degree

You must provide either:

 

A photocopy of your undergraduate (Bachelor’s) diploma

or

An official transcript which includes the name of the degree and the date it was conferred

 

If you provide a diploma, please send a photocopy. Do not send the original, it will not be returned.

If you provide an official transcript as indicated above and it includes the degree conferral information, you do not need to submit an additional transcript to serve as Proof of Graduation, one will suffice for both requirements.  If you wish to highlight the location on the transcript where the degree conferral information is located, please attach a sticky note.  DO NOT write on the transcript itself.

If you expect to earn your Bachelor’s degree between now and July 1, 2015:

You must provide either

 

A proof of Expected Date of Graduation

or

A Proof of Current Enrollment

 

Many colleges and universities have their own official document to prove expected date of graduation or prove current enrollment. Please check with your office of the registrar. An ideal document would provide both pieces of information, indicating your current enrollment status and providing the anticipated date of graduation. The proof should clearly state the graduation date as being on or before July 1, 2015. Please note that if the date listed is too vague (Summer 2015) or shows the incorrect date (May 2016 instead of May 2015), it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to provide a proof with the correct date. The JET Program Office will accept a proof from a registrar's office, dean's office, or academic advisor. or the National Student Clearinghouse.

 

In the case that your college or university does not have an official document of this kind, a letter written on university letterhead from a registrar's office, dean's office, or academic advisor will be accepted. Please note that a letter from a professor will not satisfy the requirement and the application may be disqualified.

 

If you are accepted as a JET Program participant, you will be required to submit additional documentation prior to departure proving that you did complete your bachelor's degree as expected. Please provide the final proof of degree completion to the JET Program Office as soon as possible, or upon request before departure.

 

 

 

Two Letters of Recommendation

Required for all applicants

 

All applicants must submit letters of recommendation from two difference references. They must be academic or professional - applicants should not submit personal references and the references should not be written by a family member.

 

For candidates who have not yet completed a bachelor's degree, one of your references must come from someone related to your university and must contain a reference to your expected date of graduation.

 

An ideal reference is an individual who knows the applicant well and is in a position of authority to judge the applicant's work. This individual should also be able to speak to the applicant's scholarly attributes, work ethic, interest in Japan, internationalization, education, etc. Examples of good references may be a professor, advisor, manager/boss, internship supervisor, etc.

 

Please provide your reference writer with the reference form below to accompany the letter of recommendation they will write for your application to the JET Program. After completing, signing, and dating these forms, the reference writer should make an additional two sets of photocopies, then seal all three sets into a single envelope and write their signature across the closure flap to prevent tampering. The sealed envelopes should then be given to you in order to submit together with your application packet.

DO NOT OPEN THE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.

 

Please note that the JET Program Office will NOT accept letters of recommendation by email except in extreme extenuating circumstances (e.g. Peace Corps volunteers in countries with no mail service). It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ask for and receive letters of recommendation in a timely manner to include with your application packet. Late materials will not be accepted nor extensions granted. Please plan accordingly.

 

Reference Form (English)

Reference Form (Japanese)

 

 

 

Statement of Purpose

Required for all applicants

 

The statement of purpose is an essay describing your interest in Japan and reasons for applying to the JET Program. Applicants should take this opportunity to reflect on:

  • Why you wish to go to Japan and participate in the JET Program and why you are interested in the position for which you are applying (ALT or CIR). 
  • What effect you hope to have on the Japanese community and internationally as a result of your participation in the JET Program.
  • What applicable experiences, professional skills, relevant interests and personal qualities you have, and how you feel these will be useful to you as an ALT or CIR.
  • What you hope to gain, both personally and professionally, from your JET experience if you are selected and how participation will assist you in your future goals.

Your essay MUST meet the following guidelines:

  • Maximum two (2) pages on standard letter-size or A4 size paper
  • Typewritten in 12-point font (Ariel or Times New Roman)
  • Double-spaced
  • One inch (1") margins
  • Your last name and page number as a header in the upper right (e.g. Smith 1 of 2, Smith 2 of 2)

This is not a cover letter. It is an essay describing your interest in the JET Program. Please carefully follow the guidelines for content and presentation of the essay.

 

 

 

Proof of U.S. Citizenship

Required for all applicants

 

Please include ONE of the following types of documents with your application as proof of U.S. citizenship:

 

U.S. Passport

The passport must have your signature on the information page and be unexpired as of Dec 1, 2014.

 

Birth Certificate

The birth certificate must show your name and birthdate and prove that you were born in the United States or to U.S. parent(s) overseas.

When applying to the JET Program, you must use your current legal name. If your name on your birth certificate is not the same as your current legal name (through marriage, adoption, legal name change, etc.) please provide provide a photocopy of a document showing the name change (e.g. a photocopy of a marriage license, or legal name change paperwork, etc.)

 

Naturalization Certificate

If you are a naturalized U.S. citizen, please provide a photocopy of the paperwork designating your U.S. citizenship. If you have questions about getting copies of your naturalization papers, please contact the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

 

IMPORTANT:

  • The following do NOT constitute proofs of citizenship and will not be accepted for the JET application:
  • Drivers license, Social Security card, Student ID, Other government ID, etc.
  • The proof of U.S. citizenship should be a photocopy of the document. Do NOT send original birth certificates, passports, naturalization papers, etc. to the JET Program Office as documents submitted with the JET application will not be returned.
  • When making photocopies, ensure that the copy is of sufficient quality to be legible. If the copy is so dark, blurred, etc. that the information cannot be read, it will not be accepted and failure to provide proof of U.S. citizenship can disqualify your application.

 

 

Self-Addressed Envelope with Postage

 

Please note that this is NOT referring to the envelope in which you will send your application to the JET Program Office. This is an empty standard-size envelope which you should include in your application package. After an application is received by the JET Program Office, it will be processed in the order in which it was received. After processing, the applicant will receive a receipt from the JET Program Office to confirm that the application was received and processed. Due to processing times, several days to several weeks may elapse between the application being received and processing completed. The purpose of the empty self-addressed envelope is for the JET Program Office to provide the applicant with the receipt.

Please write your own address in the "to" area of the envelope and the JET Program Office address in the "from" area. This is so that the envelope will be directed to you from the JET Program Office. If you are unsure how to properly address an envelope, please check the diagram in the Checklist & Mailing Instructions. The JET Program Office will not be responsible for incorrectly addressed envelopes.

 

Attach postage to the envelope in the correct location. If your address is within the United States, and you are using a standard envelope, a "Forever Stamp" from the U.S. Post Office is sufficient to ensure deilvery. Overseas applicants who are unable to obtain U.S. postage will not be penalized. Please address your envelope to a domestic U.S. address where someone responsible can receive the receipt for you.


 

 

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

These documents may become required based on your answers to questions in the Application Form or in the Self-Assessment Medical Form. Failure to provide these documents if they are required will result in your application being disqualified.

 

 

 

Physician's Form

Required for candidates who indicate any medical history in the Self-Assessment Medical Form

 

The Physician's Form must be included if you indicate any history of any physical or mental condition in the Self Assessment Medical Form, if you are currently undergoing treatment for any physical or mental condition, if you currently hold a prescription for a medication (including emergency inhalers, epi-pens, etc.), or if you have or have had any medical condition which requires further explanation.

Please note that contraceptive pills, patches, shots, etc. as well as prescription contacts/eyeglasses do not require completion of a Physician's Form.

The Physician's Form must be completed by a physician or specialist with knowledge of your medical history. It should NOT be completed by a Physician’s Assistant, unless co-signed by the attending physician.  The physician must not be a family member of the applicant. 

 

The Physician's Form must provide detailed information on any condition or prescription listed in the Self-Assessment Medical Form, including name of the condition, explanation, any medication(s), and any relevant dates. It also must contain a clear statement, written out by your physician, that you are physically and mentally fit to live overseas and participate on the JET Program. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check the form before submitting it to the JET Program Office to ensure that it is properly filled out by your physician.

 

We recommend that applicants who need to complete the Physician's Form make an appointment in mid/late October in order to have the form completed in a timely manner to submit with your application. Please bring the Self-Assessment Medical Form to the appointment so that for any condition you list in the Self-Assessment Medical Form, the doctor can give an explanation in the Physician's Form.

Please note that the administrators of the JET Program Office are not medical experts. Applicants are asked to read and follow the instructions on the forms.

2015 Physician's Form

 

 

 

Criminal History Explanation and FBI Criminal History Background Check

Required if the applicant indicates any history of being cited, arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime

 

Applicants must submit an explanation and FBI Criminal History Background Check if you have ever been cited, arrested, charged and/or convicted of any crime other than a speeding ticket or parking ticket, including any juvenile offense(s) and/or any offense(s) which you believe to have been expunged or otherwise removed from your record.  If your record has been cleared, you must still submit the FBI Criminal History Summary to prove this. 

 

Applicants should be aware that the JET Program application is governed by Japanese laws and hiring practices and American laws exempting individuals from disclosure of records, including but not limited to juvenile records, expunged records, or sealed records, do not apply.


Applicants should be aware that all candidates who are selected for participation will be asked to submit an FBI Criminal History Background Check at that time, and failure to disclose information related to your criminal history that is found later in the process may result in disqualification. 

 

For applicants who do not have a criminal history:

Submitting an FBI criminal history background check at this time is not beneficial to your application as it will be considered too outdated by the time of departure for the JET Program next summer and you will be required to submit a new one. The JET Program coordinator will provide detailed instructions for all selected candidates on the proper procedure for submitting the FBI criminal history background check after notification of selection for the JET Program.

 

Form for providing a Criminal History Explanation

 

Instructions for requesting an FBI Criminal History Background Check:

  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to submit an application for a background check directly to the FBI and pay any associated fees, and then provide proof of requesting the background check, as well as the results, to the JET Program Office.
  • Visit the FBI website and follow the instructions to submit a Criminal History Background Check
    • Please note that you must request your FBI Criminal History directly from the FBI (Option 1) as the results will not be accepted by the JET Program Office if provided via FBI-Approved Channelers (Option 2).
    • Downloading the Applicant Information Form (I-783) will make it a fillable PDF.
    • You should direct the results of the Criminal History Summary to be delivered to your own address so that you can open the results, make photocopies, and submit them to the JET Program Office.
    • Be sure to select "Live, work, or travel in a foreign country" as the Reason for Request.
    • DO NOT provide your fingerprint card or payment information to the JET Program Office.  We will not submit these to the FBI on your behalf. 
  • Provide a photocopy of your signed and dated Applicant Information Form (I-783) with your JET Program application as proof of having requested the FBI Criminal History Background Check (the original should go to the FBI together with the fingerprint card and payment information).
  • It is important that you submit the request to the FBI as soon as possible, as it can sometimes take up to 12 weeks to receive the results.
  • For those individuals with a criminal history: the result of your FBI Criminal History Summary must be received by the JET Program Office at the Embassy of Japan by January 31, 2015 or your application will be disqualified. This is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY - there will be no reminders.
  • Please note that if your FBI Criminal History Summary was completed before October 2014, it will be considered out of date for the purpose of the JET application and a new one should be requested.

 


 

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

These documents are not required for the JET Program application. The following instructions are for how to provide them with your JET Application if they do apply to you.

 

 

 

Proof of Study Abroad

 

Living abroad shows that the JET applicant has the ability to adapt to long-term life in a foreign country. If you have undertaken a study abroad, please note it in the Application Form under the International / Intercultural section and provide proof. The JET Office understands that getting proof from foreign institutions can sometimes be difficult, so there are several items that will be accepted as proof:

 

Transcripts from the study abroad program:

Transcripts should show the names of the courses taken, dates attended (a semester/year, for example "Spring 2012," is also acceptable), and grades earned. The transcript should also clearly state where the study abroad occurred (city and/or country). Because transcripts from your study abroad may be difficult to obtain and materials submitted with the JET Application are not returned, a photocopy of the study abroad transcript will suffice.

 

Transcripts from your university:

If all of the required information request above is stated on your home university's transcript, this will fulfill the requirement. A second copy of the same transcript is not required. You may place a sticky note on the transcript to pinpoint the study abroad if you like, but this is not required. Please do not write on the transcript itself.

 

Letter from the university or study abroad program:

An official letter from your university or the study abroad program with the dates of the program, names of the courses taken, grades received and the name of the city and country where the program took place can act as proof. If your university transcript only mentions the name of the school where you completed your study abroad, you should also provide a letter with the information listed above to complete the proof.

 

 

 

Proof of Teaching Certification

 

If you have completed a teaching certification for primary/elementary or secondary education, please note it in the Application Form and provide proof with your application. Proof may be:

 

Teaching Certificate

A photocopy of a certificate of the subject or grade level that the applicant is licensed to teach (e.g. K-12 education, secondary education, history, as a substitute teacher, etc.)

 

Teaching License

A photocopy of a license may be issued by a state agency that an individual is licensed to teach in that particular state.

 

Transcripts

A result of your degree (e.g. a bachelor's or master's degree in education may include qualification to teach a particular subject or age level). If the information is stated on your university's transcript, this will fulfill the proof. A second copy of the same transcript is not required. You may place a sticky note on the transcript to pinpoint the teaching certification if you like, but this is not required. Please do not write on the transcript itself.

 

 

 

Proof of TESL / TEFL Qualification

 

There are many schools and agencies through which individuals can obtain a TESL/TEFL qualification. This type of experience can be very beneficial when working in the classrooms in Japan. If you have completed a TESL / TEFL qualification or certificate, please note it in the Application Form and provide proof with your application. Proof may be:

 

Certificate

A photocopy of a certificate showing the name of the certifying agency or school and the number of hours completed, or any special circumstances (e.g. TESL education for adults, etc)

 

Transcripts

A TESL / TEFL degree through a college or university. If the information is stated on your university's transcript, this will fulfill the proof. A second copy of the same transcript is not required. You may place a sticky note on the transcript to pinpoint the TESL/TEFL qualification if you like, but this is not required. Please do not write on the transcript itself.

 

 

 

Proof of Japanese Language Proficiency

 

Japanese language proficiency is not required to apply to the JET Program as an ALT, though all candidates who are selected for participation are expected to undertake some Japanese language study before departure. CIR applicants are expected to have semi-advanced to advanced level Japanese language ability, though proof of passing a language proficiency exam is not required to be selected as a CIR.

 

For applicants who have passed a language proficiency exam (e.g. Japanese Language Proficiency TEST (JLPT or 日本語能力試験), the Japan Kanji Aptitude Test (Kanji Kentei or 日本漢字能力検定), etc.) please indicate this on the Application Form and provide a photocopy of the certificate as proof. Please do not send the original as these will not be returned.

 

 

 

 

EARLY PLACEMENT

For candidates who indicate an interest in Early Placement (placement with a contracting organization in Japan in April or any time between April and July 2015), additional guidelines and requirements are in place. For most candidates, due to the months of time between notification of selection and departure, there is time to gather the additional documents required for participation on the JET Program. For Early Placement candidates, the time between notification of selection/ placement and departure is typically 4-5 weeks, so these documents must be submitted ahead of time.

 

Please note that candidates who request Early Placement and are not selected for it will continue to be considered for the regular placements with the JET Program.

 

Proof of Graduation / Expected Date of Graduation

Early Placement candidates who have not yet completed a degree at the time of application must show proof that they will complete their degree on or before April 1, 2015. Applicants must provide this proof as soon as it is available.

 

Certificate of Health

The Certificate of Health (COH) is a general physical form which all candidates will be required to fill out. Note that this is not the same as the Self-Assessment Medical Form or Physician's Form. The Certificate of Health must be completed by a physician or specialist with knowledge of your medical history. It should NOT be completed by a Physician’s Assistant, unless co-signed by the attending physician.  The physician must not be a family member of the applicant. This form should be provided no later than January 31, 2015.

 

Individuals not applying for Early Placement should NOT fill out the Certificate of Health at this time. Though this form is eventually required for all applicants who are selected for participation on the JET Program, it will be considered out of date by the time of departure. For individuals not requesting Early Placement, please wait to fill out this form until instructed to do so by the JET Program Office after notification of selection for the JET Program.

 

FBI Criminal History Background Check

Applicants requesting Early Placement consideration must submit an FBI Criminal History Summary. The application form for requesting an FBI Criminal History Check (Applicant Information Form I-783) should be included with your JET application packet to show that it has been requested. The results should be provided to the JET Program Office no later than January 31, 2015.

 

Instructions for Requesting an FBI Criminal History Background Check

  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to submit an application for a background check directly to the FBI and pay any associated fees, and then provide proof of requesting the background check, as well as the results, to the JET Program Office.
  • Visit the FBI website and follow the instructions to submit a Criminal History Background Check
    • Please note that you must request your FBI Criminal History directly from the FBI (Option 1) as the results will not be accepted by the JET Program Office if provided via FBI-Approved Channelers (Option 2).
    • Downloading the Applicant Information Form (I-783) will make it a fillable PDF.
    • You should direct the results of the Criminal History Summary to be delivered to your own address so that you can open the results, make photocopies, and submit them to the JET Program Office.
    • Be sure to select "Live, work, or travel in a foreign country" as the Reason for Request.
    • DO NOT provide your fingerprint card or payment information to the JET Program Office.  We will not submit these to the FBI on your behalf. 
  • Provide a photocopy of your signed and dated Applicant Information Form (I-783) with your JET Program application as proof of having requested the FBI Criminal History Background Check (the original should go to the FBI together with the fingerprint card and payment information).
  • It is important that you submit the request to the FBI as soon as possible, as it can sometimes take up to 12 weeks to receive the results.
  • Please note that if your FBI Criminal History Summary was completed before October 2014, it will be considered out of date for the purpose of the JET application and a new one should be requested.

Early Placement candidates may be selected for departure at any time between April and July 2015. Rescinding after selection for Early Placement creates a difficult situation for the contracting organizations. JETs selected for placement who rescind are not considered for further placement with the 2015 JET Program and may also be ineligible to apply for the 2016 JET Program. Please carefully consider this when requesting Early Placement.

 

 

 

 

FINAL NOTES

 

Your application will be disqualified if you do not sign and date in all required locations:

  1. Application Form
  2. Self-Assessment Medical Form
  3. Authorization and Release Form

These MUST be original pen-and-ink signatures.

 

 

Please carefully read the Checklist & Mailing Instructions in order to properly submit your materials to the JET Program Office at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. Each year, applications are incomplete due to applicants failing to provide the necessary materials. Incomplete applications are dropped from consideration for the JET Program. The deadline is November 14, 2014 at 5:00PM EST.

 

After collecting the documents for your JET Program application, make sets of photocopies. The application packet you submit with your application packet must include a full set of original documents (i.e. original transcripts, original signatures, etc.) and two full sets of photocopies.

REMINDER: Do not open the letters of recommendation to make copies.

 

We strongly encourage applicants to make an additional (third) set of photocopies to keep for yourself. Applicants selected for interview often wish to review their application materials and the JET Program Office will not provide you with a copy of your submitted application. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make a copy for your own records.