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Applications for the 2015 JET Programme have now closed.
The details below are for reference only. Applications for the 2016 JET Programme will follow a similar timeline as the 2015 JET Calendar below.
To find out more about the 2016 JET Programme please attend one of our information sessions around the country in mid-September 2015. (Details listed further down this page once confirmed)
You can also have a look at the FAQs on the Official JET Homepage
JET Programme 2015 (for NZ nationals)
About the JET Programme
The JET Programme was established by the Japanese Government in 1987 to promote internationalisation at the local level and New Zealand was one of the four original countries invited to participate. On 1 July 2014, the Programme included 4,476 participants from 43 countries, including 255 (242 ALTs and 13 CIRs) from New Zealand in locations throughout Japan. Since 1987, over 2,900 New Zealanders have participated on the JET Programme.
Most participants are selected as Assistant Language Teachers, mainly at public schools. Others join the JET Programme as Coordinators for International Relations or Sports Exchange Advisors.
Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) help the Japanese foreign language teachers in class and assist in preparing teaching materials and class activities. They may assist in English language clubs and other extra-curricular activities. Knowledge of Japanese is not required to be an ALT.
Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) work in local government offices and are involved in international activities which might include editing publications, translation work, advising on the planning and implementation of exchange programmes, and interpreting at international events. A functional knowledge of written and spoken Japanese is needed to be a CIR.
Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) from New Zealand have assisted only in the coaching of rugby and sailing. This is a comparatively new sector of the JET Programme having been introduced in 1996. Other countries send SEAs on the JET Programme to coach specialist sports, for example table tennis coaching from China, soccer from Brazil, ice hockey from Canada, etc. Currently there are only 11 SEAs on the JET Programme (eight from Korea and one from each of China, Hungary and Kenya). We have not received any requests to recruit anyone from NZ for the 2015 Programme at this stage.
Applications for ALT
The basic criteria for applying to join the JET Programme as an ALT are that candidates must be New Zealand citizens, and hold a bachelor's degree (in any field) or a 3 year teaching diploma by the designated departure date (April 2015 for April departures, and late July 2015 for Group B participants).
Applications for CIR
In addition to the ALT requirements, CIRs must have a functional command of the Japanese language. (Japanese language proficiency is necessary to function in a Japanese office environment.
General Conditions Relating to the JET Programme
In addition to the criteria above, applicants must:
- not have lived in Japan for six or more years in total since December 31st 2005, and
- not have participated in the JET Programme since the 2012-2013 JET Programme year or for more than five years in total.
The contracts are for one year, renewable twice by mutual agreement (the maximum term allowable as a JET participant is 3 years in most cases).
If also after careful consideration the contracting organisation deems the JET’s work performance, level of experience and ability to be of an exceptionally high standard, they may choose to extend appointment an additional two times (altogether five years).The principal of the JET Programme is that if all parties are in agreement, a JET participant will stay on at the same contracting organisation, in the same role.
Airfares to and from Japan are paid by the JET Programme, providing all conditions of the Programme are met.
Remuneration per annum is approximately ¥3,360,000 in the first year of appointment, ¥3,600,000 in the second year, ¥3,900,000 in the third year, and, in case the Contracting Organisation reappoints a participant whose work ability is deemed excellent more than 2 times, ¥3,960,000 in both the fourth year and the fifth year. In cases in which income and resident taxes are imposed (see application guidelines for details), participants must pay these taxes from this remuneration. This remuneration is a sufficient amount to cover average living expenses in Japan.
Enquiries relating to the JET Programme are welcome at the following offices but applications must be submitted to the Japan Information & Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan in Wellington.
Consulate-General of Japan
Level 15, AIG Building
41 Shortland Street
PO Box 3959
Attn: JET Officer
Tel: (09) 303-4106
Fax: (09) 377-7784
Japan Information & Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan
Level 18, The Majestic Centre
100 Willis Street
PO Box 6340
Attn: JET Officer
Tel: (04) 495-8333
Fax: (04) 472-3416
Consular Office of Japan
12 Peterborough Street
Attn: JET Officer
Tel: (03) 366-5680
Fax: (03) 365-3173
Applications for the 2015 JET Programme are now closed. The details below are a guideline only.
Applications for the 2016 JET Programme will open in October 2015.
All application packs MUST ARRIVE at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan by 5pm, Wednesday 2 December 2015, by post or by personal delivery. This deadline will be strictly observed, and late applications will not be accepted. Early applications are much appreciated.
ALT/CIR April and after April but before Group B arrivals
ALT/CIR Group B
SEA (if positions become available for 2013)
|October 2015||Applications open||Applications open|
|Wednesday 2 December 2015 (5pm)||Applications close||Applications close|
|January 2016||First stage of screening process (written applications)||First stage of screening process (written applications)|
|Mid-January 2016||Notification of interview||Notification of interview||Applications open|
|Late-January 2016||Interviews and Submission of Health Certificate||Interviews|
|March 2016||Announcement of status (short-list, reserve or unsuccessful) Notification of selection and placement|
|April 2016||Pre-departure Orientation and preparation||Announcement of status (short-list, reserve or unsuccessful)||Applications close|
|8 April 2016||Arrive in Japan and start of contract
Arrival at any designated time in Japan of Early Arrivals and start of appointment
|May 2016||Notification of selection and placement||Interviews|
|June 2016||Q&A Sessions (Compulsory)|
|July 2016||Submission of Passport for Visa and Pre-Depaerture Orientation (Compulsory)|
|30-31 July 2016||Travel from New Zealand to Japan|
|1 August 2016||Start of contract and Tokyo Orientation|
|Mid August 2016||Depart for Japan|
Please note: Reserves can receive notice of being upgraded to the short list any time between May 2016 until the second week of December 2016.
2016 JET Programme presentation dates and times are below.
The details and documents below are for reference only. Documents for the 2016 JET Programme will be updated when applications open.
- Download the 2015 JET Programme Application form, guidelines and instructions as below.
- Complete the form in version 10 or above of the free Adobe reader according to the "Instructions for Filling out the Application Form", then click "Submit Form". Do not use any PDF viewers or editors other than Adobe reader. In particular, on Mac computers, do not use Preview to complete the form.
- On clicking "Submit Form" a box will appear asking you to enter your Email address and Full name, press "Next" when completed.
- Now you need to select how you wish to send the application form by selecting your Email client;
Option 1)"Desktop Email Application". Send through an Email application on your computer such as Outlook, Eudora, or Mail. Selecting this option will send the application form as an e-mail attachment to "email@example.com".
Option 2)"Internet Email". Send through an Internet Email service such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail. Choose this option if you want to send the form through your Internet Email service. To do so, you will need to save the form onto your computer, and then manually send it to "firstname.lastname@example.org" as an e-mail attachment, with "2015 JET Programme application" as the subject.
- If you complete this process correctly, you will receive an automatic out-of-office response to confirm that your email has reached us. Please note that submitting your form via email to the address above is only the first step of the application process, and the whole process must be completed in order to make a full application for the 2015 JET Programme.
- ALL applicants must then print out the completed form, sign it, and then follow the instructions as stated in the Application Guidelines.
- Make sure that you read the "Applicants' checklist" (page 9 of the guidelines), before you submit your application pack.
- Please ensure that all answers are clearly visible when printed out (i.e. that all text is contained within the borders of the answer boxes, and the font size is not too small).
- All application packs MUST ARRIVE at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan by 5pm, Wednesday 3 December 2014, by post or by personal delivery. This deadline will be strictly observed, and late applications will not be accepted. Early applications are appreciated.
2015 JET Programme application documents
- Download the 2015 JET Programme Application Form[PDF, 286kB] Please ensure you use Adobe Reader version 10 or above to complete this form. On Mac computers do not complete the form in Preview.
- Download the 2015 JET Programme Application Guidelines[PDF, 246kB]
- Download the Instructions for filling out the Application form[PDF, 156kB]
- Download the Statement of Physician[PDF, 137kB] You only need to submit this if you now have, or have ever had any physical or mental condition/illness
Former JET participants can contact:
Katy McTeigue (President)