Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program also aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage 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 government offices as well as public and private elementary schools, junior high and senior high schools. Participants are appointed by a contracting organization for a one-year period.
Positions that might be of interest to W&L Students:
- Assistant Langauge Teachers are engaged in English language instruction and are mainly placed in prefectural or local boards of education or public elementary, junior high and/or senior high schools. All majors are eligible. Japanese language skills are not required.
- Coordinators for International Relations are engaged in internationalization activities at the local level and are placed in offices of local authorities or related organizations. Such activities may include: editing, translating and compiling pamphlets into a foreign language; assisting in planning, designing and implementing international exchange programs, including international economic exchange programs; assisting in hosting official guests from abroad and interpreting at events for overseas visitors or for local foreign community residents. All majors are eligible. Strong command of Japanese is required
Non-U.S. citizens should click here for information on the JET Program in other countries.