The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme
Applications closed. Reference only.
Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, or JET Programme, seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. The Programme aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.
The objectives of the Programme are being achieved by offering JET Programme participants the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private elementary, junior high and senior high schools in Japan. The Programme is implemented by local authorities and other organisations (or Contracting Organisations) who appoint Participants in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).Show more
The Programme started in 1987 with cooperation from governments of participating countries. In 2019, there were 5,761 participants on the Programme from 57 countries. As the Programme has achieved an excellent reputation over the last 34 years, it is of great importance that this reputation be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as honoured representatives of their countries. As such, they are expected to be responsible in all their activities, especially those concerning the promotion of mutual understanding between nations. It is therefore desirable that Participants be adaptable, mentally and physically capable of performing the job duties and have a deep interest in Japan.
Applicants may apply for either the Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) position (CIR applicants may be considered for the ALT position if they are deemed suitable for the ALT position and provide consent). The bulk of the Programme (90%) are contracted as ALTs. The remainder consists of CIRs, or the Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) positions.
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 required to be a CIR.
Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) promote international exchange activities through certain designated sports. SEAs are generally placed in sporting facilities or boards of education where they assist with sports training. See more details here.
Questions relating to the JET Programme in New Zealand are welcome at any of the below Consular and Embassy offices, but all applications MUST be submitted to the Japan Information & Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan in Wellington. Please feel free to contact the below offices with any JET Programme queries whatsoever.
Tel: (09) 303-4106 Email: email@example.com
Japan Information & Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan
Level 18 The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street
PO Box 6340, Marion Square, Wellington 6141
Attn: JET Officer Tel: (04) 495-8333 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: (03) 366-5680 Email: email@example.com
2024 JET Programme New Zealand Information Sessions
All information sessions have finished.
However, there is a recorded online session available to view by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: 1h 15min
Presenters: The JET Programme coordinator & a former JET participant
2024 NZ JET Programme Guidelines & Application
(For New Zealand Naturalised Citizens Only)
Applications closed. Reference only.
WARNING: Applications that do not adhere to the below instructions and guidelines may be disregarded.
- Download the "2024 JET
- Download and complete the "2024 JET Programme Application Form
Adobe Reader according
the Application Form
- Do NOT use any PDF viewers or editors other than Adobe Reader
- Most questions on the Application Form are compulsory. If the required form highlight mode is not already visible, from the EDIT bar, choose PREFERENCES, then FORMS, then check "SHOW BORDER HOVER COLOR FOR FIELDS".
- Please ensure you use Adobe Reader version 10 or above to complete this form. Do NOT use 'Preview Mode' in an internet browser to complete the form. You will be unable to save your progress.
- Save the PDF Application Form on to your computer, and send it as an e-mail
" with "2024 JET Programme Application" as the subject. Do
"submit" function on the adobe form.
Please note that this digital Application Form does not require a signature at this stage.
- Confirm that you receive an automated out-of-office response email. If you do not
this email, please call (04) 495-8333.
Please note that submitting your PDF Application Form via email is only the first step of the application process, and all below steps must be completed in order to be considered as a finished application for the 2024 JET Programme!
- Print out your completed Application Form PDF (single-sided), hand-sign it in
instructions as stated in the "2024 JET Programme Application
pages 4, 10 & 11.
You will need to assemble your COMPLETE physical Application Pack in compliance with the Guidelines.
- Make sure that you CAREFULLY read over "Application Procedures" (page 4
"Applicants' Checklist" (pages 10 & 11 of the Guidelines)
submit your Application Pack.
- Please ensure all answers are clearly legible when printed out (i.e. that all
contained within the borders
of the answer boxes, and the font size is not too small).
- All completed Application Packs MUST ARRIVE PHYSICALLY at the Japan Information and
in Wellington, New Zealand by 5:00pm NZST, Tuesday 5
2023, either by post, courier, or hand-delivery.
This deadline will be STRICTLY OBSERVED, and late applications will NOT be accepted. Early applications are appreciated.
OTHER APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:
2024 JET Programme New Zealand Calendar
|September 2023||Applications OPEN|
|5pm Tuesday 5th December 2023||APPLICATIONS CLOSE
(All the required documents must be received at the Embassy)
|December 2023-January 2024||First stage of screening process (written applications)|
|Mid January 2024||Notification of interview to the successful applicants at the first stage|
|15-19 January 2024||Interview - Second stage of screening process|
|March 2024||Announcement of status (short-list, reserve *1 or unsuccessful)|
|May 2024||Notification of successful placement/assignment|
|June-July 2024||Pre-departure orientation (COMPULSORY), Submission of passport for visa application|
|Late July - Early August 2024||Travel from New Zealand to Japan *2|
|Early August 2024||Start of contract and Tokyo Orientation|
*1: Reserves (Alternates) for the JET Programme can receive notice of being
upgraded to shortlist
status at any time between May 2024 until early December 2024.
*2: Successful candidates for the Early Arrival Placement could travel to Japan in April onwards 2024. Warning: please refer to FAQ Q10 below!
2024 JET Programme Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A: That depends! First, you should know that there are a very limited number of Early Placements available (less than 5% of total Kiwi JETs leave early). These vacancies tend to arise because, for an unknown reason, a JET Participant has not completed their contract, and the contracting organisation cannot wait until July/August to get a replacement. You will still go through the application and interview process at the same time as everyone else, but everything in March is quite rushed!
- Regardless of selection, you will need to submit a physician-completed Certificate of Health, including a mandatory chest X-ray and a follow-up with your doctor to complete this on time (at their own cost), at the time of application in principal.
- The number of available early placements is very limited. Less than 5% of total New Zealand JET participants.
- Early vacancies are often because a JET Participant has not completed their contract. You would have little or NO handover from your predecessor. So it could be in a potentially tense situation, depending on the circumstances under which your predecessor left.
- You would have no control over your placement, and any specific requests for such will not be considered. Couples applying together would not be placed in the same location.
- You would arrive in Japan before most JET Participants, thus also will miss out on Q&A sessions, Pre-Departure Orientation, Language Workshops, and more, as well as the chance to meet other New Zealand JET Programme Participants.
- You would be on stand-by to travel to Japan at some point after April, thus would have less than one month to prepare for departure (tricky for getting out of your job or flat!)
- If you are selected and decline a placement, you cannot be considered for arrival later that year. In addition, you would not be able to apply for the JET Programme again for a minimum of 1 year.
- You would be informed if your application is to be considered for an early placement in mid March. So the departure to Japan would be within a few weeks.
Voices from the JET participants
For more information about the JET programme
For worldwide general information: The worldwide JET Homepage
|Jet Alumni Associations (Former JET participants can contact)|
Andreas Birzer (President)