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The 2016 JET Program Application is officially closed. Preliminary results will be announced early-to-mid January 2016.

Applications for the 2017 JET Program will open tentatively in early October 2016.


For information on how to apply, accessing the online application, and information on the selection process, see the JET Program USA webpage.


The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program began in 1987 as a way to improve exposure to international culture and language throughout Japan. Since then, thousands of young university graduates from around the world have participated on the JET Program. With its successful history and its support from the Japanese government, the JET Program remains one of the leading language and cultural exchange programs in the world.


JET Program applicants can choose to apply for the Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), or Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA), although the latter has few available positions.JET contracts are one year in length and, in some cases, can be renewed up to four times. Transportation to and from the contracting organization is paid for, as long as a JET fulfills his or her contract. JETs are also covered under Japan's national health insurance. Contracting organizations generally assist with procuring housing for their JETs, although size, quality, and rent can vary from position to position.


Many JETs continue to promote intercultural and international awareness in their homes and careers long after completing the JET Program. Through the efforts of international JET Alumni Association groups, JETs are able to maintain their relationships not only with the program, but also with fellow former and future JET participants.



JET Timeline
Applications Available: Early October
Application Deadline: November
Screening Results: January
Interviews: Late January/Early February
Interview Results: March (Early Departure)/April (Regular Departure)
Deadline to Accept: April
Early Departure: April
Placement Notification: May/June
Orientations: June/July
Regular Departure: July/August



2017 JET Program recruiting sessions will be announced as scheduled.

To request a JET Program Information Session, please contact the Miami JET Program Coordinator at jet@mi.mofa.go.jp.



Contact jet@mi.mofa.go.jp for questions or concerns.



To be eligible to apply in the United States, applicants must:

  • Be U.S. Citizens by the application date (proven by submitting a photocopy of: a birth certificate, a passport, or naturalization papers)
  • Be college graduates with at least a BA or BS -OR- a 3 year teaching degree; degree must be conferred before July 15 of the departure year
  • Be native or near native English speakers
  • Be interested in Japan
  • Be highly proficient in Japanese (for CIRs; no Japanese ability required for ALTs)
  • Have a desire to proactively maintain relations with Japan, even after completion of the Program
  • Not have lived in Japan for six or more years in total during the last ten years
  • Not have participated with the JET Program within the past 3 years
  • Not have rejected a position with the JET Program the previous year after learning about placement assignment

Non American applicants:

  • Please see the main JET Programme site to see whether or not your country participates and what its eligibility qualifications are.
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