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Introduction to the JET Programme

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is a government-funded program that brings foreign nationals to Japan to work as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). The main goal of the program is to promote internationalization and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The JET Programme is a great opportunity for those looking to experience and learn about Japan, as well as for those interested in teaching and international relations.


Contracts, Salary, and Benefits of the JET Programme.

The contract for the JET Programme is for roughly 12 months and can be extended one year at a time, with a maximum of five years. The JET participant’s salary is determined by the number of years of participation on the programme.


Year 1, ¥3,360,000,

Year 2: ¥3,600,000,

Year 3: ¥3,900,000,

Year 4/5: ¥3,960,000.


JET Programme participants also have access to a variety of benefits, including a JET Program visa for dependents (spouse or children), and insurance coverage by four types of insurance: National Health Insurance, Pension Insurance, Employment Insurance, and JET Accident Insurance. Transportation to and from Japan is also provided, and for those who already reside in Japan, repayment of travel expenses is available.


The JET Program is a unique opportunity to live, work and learn in Japan with other young professionals from all over the world. It is a great opportunity for those looking to experience and learn about Japan, as well as for those interested in teaching and international relations.


Applying for the JET Programme.

The steps for applying for the JET Programme are as follows:

  1. Review the application period and deadline for your country of residence and gather the necessary documents, including a resume, transcripts, and a statement of purpose. The application period is usually October to Late November or Early December.

  2. Submit the completed application form and necessary documents to the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence before the designated deadline. In January, the first notice will be sent to applicants.

  3. Wait to be notified if you have been selected to move on to the next stage of the process, which is an interview at the nearest embassy or consulate. Interviews are usually held in February.

  4. Receive notification of interview results, which will include being selected as a shortlisted participant or alternate, or not selected at all. Notification will be sent in late March to April.

  5. If selected, submit necessary health check and reply forms and receive placement information. This step usually happens between May and July.

  6. Attend pre-departure orientation, which includes Q&A sessions and preliminary training sessions, before departing for Japan. This step usually happens in June or July.

  7. Attend post-arrival orientation in Tokyo before starting the one-year term of appointment with a contracting organisation in Japan. Departure to Japan will be on the designated day, usually in July or August.


Please note that the above timeline is a general guideline and may vary depending on your country of residence. It is recommended to check with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your country of citizenship for specific details and information.


For more information please visit the official website for the JET Programme.


Applications for 2023 are now open!


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