The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET)
Programme, is an official Japanese Government scheme, which sends graduates to
promote international understanding at grass-roots level and to improve foreign
language teaching in schools in Japan for a minimum of 12 months. The programme
was established in 1987, with 848 participants from four countries. Since then,
over 48,000 people from 38 different countries have participated in the
Who are we?
JET Programme represents one of the greatest initiatives in the field of human
and cultural relations. Its expansion shows the Japanese Government's
commitment to the Programme and overwhelming support for the scheme at a local
There are 2 positions
available for UK graduates on the JET Programme. These are Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Coordinator for International Relations (CIR).
As an ALT your role will be to assist
Japanese Teachers of English rather than lead the class on your own. However,
the exact nature of the ALT position can depend on numerous factors such as the
number of schools visited, the frequency of visits and the differing approaches
of JTEs. No two situations are the same and therefore a flexible attitude is
essential. As an ALT, you'll play a key role in promoting communicative
training in the classroom. Contact with an ALT also provides your students with
a valuable chance to become familiar with another culture.
Applicants with good written and spoken
Japanese (JLPT level 2 or equivalent) can apply to work as CIRs, assisting in
local government offices with international activities at a local level.
Japanese interest in international exchange has never been greater.
Coordinators for International Relations work with their Japanese colleagues to
promote and develop exchange activities in their local area. This could mean
working on projects to bring Japanese into contact with local foreign residents
or developing relations between the contracting town, city or prefecture and
the CIR’s home country.
Training and Development
will receive training and attend lectures at the pre-departure orientation in
London, the Tokyo orientation and their prefectural orientation. ALTs will also
receive training in team-teaching during orientation which will be specific to
the role of the ALT in Japanese schools
What we look for
applicants wishing to apply to the UK JET Programme must:
Hold a full UK passport (not
just permanent resident status)
Hold a Bachelor's degree in any
subject by the July before departure
Not have lived in Japan for six
or more years out of the last 10
Obey all Japanese laws. This
includes the law concerning entry into Japan for participation in the JET
Programme, where applicants must agree to reside in Japan under the status
of residence stipulated in Article 2-2 of the Immigration Control and Refugee
Have native level English skills
(written and spoken)
Be both mentally and physically
Have a keen interest in Japan
Have the ability to adapt to the
living and working conditions in Japan
Japanese ability is NOT required but a proven
interest in learning Japanese will strengthen your application.
Teaching experience or teaching qualifications
(e.g. TEFL) are NOT required but any kind of teaching experience or
experience in working with young people will strengthen your application.
CIR applicants must have a sufficient
command of the Japanese language for daily work in a Japanese office
environment (equivalent to JLPT level 2/N2 or above).
are currently around 400 UK graduates participating on the JET Programme. The
range of their experiences is enormous, with placements in every region of
Japan. The principles and goals of the JET Programme are the same throughout
Japan, but JET experiences vary widely according to the interests and approach of
each participant, as well as their placement type and location. For stories
about some of our past participants experiences on the programme please see the
following page on our website: http://www.jet-uk.org/lifeonjet/lifeonjet.html
What we offer
There is a wide support network offered
through JET and many rewards and benefits of working on the JET Programme.
- Supervisor and other Co-workers
- Your Board of Education (Designated
- Other JETs (Prefectural Advisors, other
- CLAIR – runs telephone help-lines for
- The JET Guidebook
- JET Programme Orientations and
- Generous Salary (Around
¥3,600,000 per year)
- Free Return Airfare (To
and from Japan)
- Free Time
(12-20 days paid annual holiday, plus 15 Bank Holidays)
- Appreciation from your
- overcoming the challenge of living and coping in a foreign
- JET Alumni Association
-career advice and support after JET
Development and gaining essential life skills to increase your employability.
How to apply
Please see our