Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program


The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have strong English language skills.
  • Be mentally and physically healthy.
  • Have the ability to adapt to living and working conditions in Japan.
  • Be interested in Japan and willing to make an effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan.
  • Have not lived in Japan for a total of six or more years in the past ten years prior to the year of departure.

How to Apply

Apply on the JET Program website.

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