Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

Note:The 2019 JET Program application is now closed. Please check back at a later time for information about the 2020 JET Program application process.

For information on how to apply, accessing the online application, and information on the selection process, visit jetprogramusa.org. If you are a Florida resident and have other questions not covered by our FAQ, then please contact the Miami JET Coordinator at JET@mi.mofa.go.jp.

About JET

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 as Assistant Language Teachers (ALT), Coordinators for International Relations (CIR), or Sports Exchange Advisors (SEA), although the latter has few available positions. JET contracts are one year in length, and in some cases can be renewed for a total of 5 years. Transportation to and from the contracting organization is paid for, as long as a JET participant 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 may vary.

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. There are currently 19 JETAA chapters in the United States, including the Florida JETAA.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply in the United States, all applicants must:
 
  • Be a U.S. Citizen by the application date (proven by submitting a photocopy of: a birth certificate, a passport, or naturalization papers)
  • Be a college graduate with at least a B.A. or B.S. -OR- a 3 year teaching degree
         (degrees must be conferred before July 15 of the departure year)
  • Be native or near-native English speakers
  • Be interested in Japan
  • 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


FOR CIRs: Must be highly proficient in Japanese (no Japanese ability required for ALTs)

Non-U.S. Citizens: To check your country's participation and eligibility qualifications, please see the main JET Programme site.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2019 JET Program will become available at the JET Program USA website in mid-October 2018. The application deadline will be in mid-November 2018 (exact date will be announced when online application becomes available).

General Statistics

In 2018, participants from 54 countries worked for the JET Program. Statistics by participating country can be found at the official JET Programme website. It is the goal of the JET program to have over 6,000 participants by the year 2020.

 
Overall Number of Participants (1987-2018)
From Florida 666
From the U.S. ~40,000*
Worldwide Over 68, 000 from 65 countries*

*Approximate numbers as of July 2018

 

2018 Number of Participants
From Florida New 1st-years: 52
From the U.S. New 1st-years: 1,150
1st~5th years: 3,012
Worldwide New 1st-years:2,201
1st~5th-years: 5,528

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