JET: Japan Exchange and Teaching Program


General Information

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program aims to enhance foreign language education in Japan, and to promote international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth.
The objectives of the program are being achieved by offering JET Program participants the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private junior and senior high schools.

The program is conducted by local authorities and other organizations of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.

The JET Program began in 1987 with the cooperation of the governments of the participating countries. As of 2015, there are 4786 participants in the program from 43 countries.

As the JET Program has achieved an excellent reputation over the last 20 years, it is of great importance that this high level of respectability be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries. Therefore, they are expected to be responsible in all of their activities, especially those concerning the promotion of mutual understanding between nations. It is desirable that participants are adaptable and have a positive interest in Japan.

**The application period runs from October through mid-November each year. Early submission of applications is highly encouraged.


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