The JET Program is an initiative sponsored by the Japanese government to promote internationalization at the grassroots level by bringing young, college-educated individuals to work in communities throughout Japan. Since 1987, over 60,000 participants from countries around the world have come to Japan on the JET Program. JET participants work full-time as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in the public school system or as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) in local government offices. With the JET Program, participants can gain valuable work experience abroad and explore a rich and historical culture.
Applicants can access the application and are now able to submit online using the application portal!
After filling out information, applicants are reminded to use the "Check Your Application" option to preview the form. All answers must be visible in the printed form. Submit online, print, sign, and send to the JET Office with the other documents listed in the How to Apply page.
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ALTs promote internationalization and teach English in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools throughout Japan. They team-teach together with Japanese teachers of English.
CIRs must be fluent in Japanese in order to work in local government offices in Japan. They promote cultural exchange, translate for foreign delegations, plan community events and programs, and edit and publish bilingual newsletters.