Culture and Education


Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

JET Program Overview

The JET Program is an extraordinary opportunity to live and work in Japan for at least a year. Sponsored by the Japanese government, 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 excellent opportunity to work while representing the United States as a cultural ambassador to Japan.

For detailed information on JET visit the Program's US site:

2024 Application Deadline and How to Apply

The deadline to apply for the 2024 JET Program is November 17th, 2023 by 11:59PM HST (Hawaii Standard Time). The application opens on September 25th and is available for US citizens at
The application is entirely online. Applicants must submit all documents online by November 17th, 11:59PM HST. Please note the difference in time zone.

JET Program Positions

ALT - Assistant Language Teacher: ALTs assist Japanese teachers in public school English classes and local boards of education. There is no Japanese language requirement for ALTs. More than 90% of all JETs work as ALTs.

CIR - Coordinator for International Relations: CIRs are engaged in international exchange activities at the local government level. They receive overseas guests, translate foreign publications into Japanese, teach English, and interpret at various events. They also cooperate, give advice, and assist in executing international exchange events. A good command of Japanese is required for CIRs.


Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree by July of the year in which they will begin the program. JET is open to citizens of 57 countries, but to apply in the US, you must be a US Citizen. The JET Program seeks candidates who are mature, flexible, and interested in learning about Japan while sharing their own culture.


If you have any questions about the JET Program, please email the Consulate General of Japan in Boston’s JET Coordinator at

New England JET Alumni Association

Alumni of the JET Program living in New England are encouraged to join the New England JET Alumni Association (NEJETAA). NEJETAA members can join professional development events, Japanese classes, and widen their networking circles. For more information, please visit the NEJETAA site at