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 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.


2015 JET Program Application Deadline has passed!

(November 14, 2014)

US applicants who submitted their documents to the JET Program Office in Washington DC will receive a confirmation card in the mail to indicate that their application has been processed and read by our staff. All applications are processed in the order received, and due to the volume of applications, those received on or near the day of the deadline may have a wait time of several weeks before receiving the confirmation card. Please note that this confirmation does not contain any information regarding the status of the application.




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.