JET Program

The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program began in 1987 as a means of spreading internationalization and interculturalization throughout Japan. Its predecessors, the British English Teachers Scheme and the Monbusho English Fellows Program, were limited to participants from the United Kingdom and, later, the United States. Once the Program was transformed into JET, its scope became truly global. To date, more than 50,000 participants from over 50 countries have participated on the JET Program all throughout the Japanese islands. It is the only program of its type administered by the Japanese government, and it remains one of the premiere intercultural exchange programs in the world.

JET Program applications typically become available in October and are due in November the year prior to intended departure. To be eligible for the JET Program, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen by the application deadline (in order to apply through the U.S.; those without American citizenship should go to to see whether or not their countries of citizenship participate with the JET Program)
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree by July 1 of the intended departure year (or April 1 for those requesting Early Placement)
  • Not have dual citizenship with Japan by the departure date
  • Not have lived in Japan for 6 or more years within the past 10
  • Not have participated with the JET Program for the past 3 years

For more on the JET Program, see the following webpages:

Contact the JET Program Coordinator at the Consulate General of Japan in Miami with any questions or concerns.