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 program’s goals are to improve English language education and promote grass-roots level international exchange in Japan.

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

The deadline to apply to the 2020 JET Program is November 15th, 11:59PM HST. The application is available on

The application is entirely online. Applicants must submit all documents online by November 15th, 11:59PM HST.  Please not 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 and give advice in planning and implementing 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.


JET provides transportation to and from Japan and remuneration which JETs use to pay their living expenses. The pay for first-year JETs in 2020 is JY 2,800,000 for a 10-month contract.  More details are available on the JET USA web page.  Housing is usually arranged by the Contracting Organization, with participants bearing all related costs such as deposits, rent, utilities, etc.


US Citizens should apply through the US JET site:

Citizens of other participating countries can find further information at:


If you have any questions, please contact: jetdesk AT bz DOT mofa DOT go DOT jp


JET Alumni

New England JET Alumni Association Website