The JET Program, sponsored by the Japanese government, gives new graduates and young professionals from over thirty countries an opportunity to participate in international exchange.
There are two kinds of positions: ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) and CIRs (Coordinators for International Relations). ALTs assist Japanese teachers teach English whereas CIRs work in local government offices. ALTs do not need to have the knowledge of Japanese language: both positions require interest in Japan and its culture.
Begun in 1987 with the cooperation of the governments of the participating countries, the program has grown up year by year. The number of JET participants who are currently working in Japan has reached about 6,000, and the number of JET participants from approximately 50 countries totals over 46,000. In principle, the applicant must be less than forty (40) years of age. The reason for this age limit is that one of the main purposes of the program is to foster exchange between Japanese youth and young professionals from the countries participating in the JET Program. Applicants also must hold at least a bachelor's degree in any subject.
Summary of the application procedure is as follows.
• Application Deadline: Late November to early December
• Initial Screening: January Interviews: February
• Result Announcement: Late March/Early April
• Pre-departure Orientation: July/August
• Post-arrival Orientation: July/August
Please visit http://www.nashville.us.emb-japan.go.jp/ for more details; application forms are available from this site. You can also apply online. Please call the following number for more details.
The Consular Office of Japan in Nashville
1801 West End Avenue, Suite 900
Nashville, TN 37203
TEL : (615) 340-4300 FAX : (615) 340-4311