Official JET Program Website for U.S. Citizens

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 1989, 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.


2015 JET Program Application is Now Available

Applicants now can begin filling the online application. However, please note due to the technical issues the applicantion will not be able to be submitted at this moment. We anticipate this issue being resolved no later than Wednesday, October 22nd. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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Assistant Language Teacher


Assitant Language Teacher

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.



Coordinator for International Relations


Coordinator for International Relations

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.