The below eligibility criteria apply to Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs), but not to Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs). Click here for more information.
The eligibility criteria to apply for participation on the JET Programme are determined by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and CLAIR in Japan.
In order to apply to the JET Programme, applicants must:
1. Be interested in Japan, and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival; make effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan; be motivated to participate in and initiate international exchange activities in the local community.
2. Be both mentally and physically healthy.
3. Have the ability to adapt to living and working in Japan.
4. Both ALT and CIR applicants must hold at least a Bachelor's degree or obtain such qualifications by the designated arrival date (28 July for Group A/B-arrival applicants; 10 April for April-arrival applicants; or designated date for applicants arriving before Group A/B but after April). (ALT applicants may alternatively hold a certification of completion of a three-year course to teach at primary/elementary or secondary schools or obtain such qualification by the designated arrival date (28 July for Group A/B-arrival applicants; 10 April for April-arrival applicants; or designated date for applicants arriving before Group A/B but after April).
5. Be a national (not just a permanent resident) of the country where the recruitment and selection procedures take place by the time they submit their applicant form. Those who possess dual nationality with Japan must renounce their Japanese nationality before submitting their Reply Form. Applicants who have dual nationality with countries other than Japan may only apply as a national of one of those countries.
6. Be adept in contemporary standard pronunciation, rhythm and intonation in the designated language (e.g. English for those applying from English-speaking countries) and possess excellent language ability that can be applied accurately and appropriately; have ability to compose sentences logically.
7. Not have participated in the JET Programme since the 2010-2011 JET Programme year (inclusive of April 2010 arrivals) or for more than five years in total.
8. Not have declined a position on the JET Programme after receiving notification of placement in the last JET Programme year (excluding cases where it is accepted that the participant had a valid, inevitable reason for withdrawing).
9. Not have lived in Japan for six or more years in total since 2003.
10. Have a desire to proactively maintain relations with Japan, even after completion of the Programme.
11. Concerning the entry into Japan for participation in the JET Programme, agree to reside in Japan under the status of residence stipulated in Article 2-2 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
12. Obey all Japanese laws.
13. Applicants with a suspended jail term must have finished their period of probation by the time they submit their application form.
In addition to the above, applications from non-English speaking countries must:
14. Have a functional command of the English or Japanese language.
In addition to the above criteria, ALT applicants must:
15. Be interested in the Japanese educational system and particularly in the Japanese way of teaching foreign languages.
16. Be interested in working with children.
17. Be qualified as a language teacher or be strongly motivated to take part in the teaching of foreign languages.
*Additional evaluation will be given to applicants who:
Have language teaching experience or qualification.
Have teaching experience or qualification
Have a high level of Japanese ability
In addition to the above 1) through 13), CIR applicants must:
18. Have a functional command of the Japanese language.