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 68,000 participants from over 73 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 initiatives in the world.
JET Program applications typically become available in October and are due in November the year prior to intended departure. Application information for U.S. Citizens can be found at https://jetprogramusa.org/.
To be eligible for the JET Program, U.S. applicants must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen by the application deadline (non-U.S. citizens should go to http://jetprogramme.org/en/countries/ to see whether their countries of citizenship participate with the JET Program)
- Have a Bachelor’s degree by July 15 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 webpage:
- JET Programme International: http://jetprogramme.org