DISCLAIMER: The following tips are meant to be a brief guide to avoid common mistakes during the application process. Please see our FAQ page and the instructions in the Application Portal for more complete details.
Official documents take time to get. Many can’t be obtained on short notice. Don’t wait until the last minute! Request all of your official documents as soon as possible! We don’t accept ANY unofficial documents. EVER.
Yes, even that transcript for that one class you took that one time. Our FAQ on transcripts has more details. Don’t forget: ALL transcripts MUST be official.
Reference writers are busy. Did you know that you can check on the status of your letters of reference in the application portal? If you’re still missing your letters of reference, then maybe your reference writer forgot. Follow up and find out!
When you get your proof of graduation from your university, open it and check the date. Is the date correct? If not, contact your university right away. You have to graduate by July 15, 2019 in order to be eligible.
We’ve gone paperless! That means that you no longer need to send us ANY hard-copy documents! Some websites insist that you still need to mail us your application, but that is no longer true! Follow the instructions in the online application portal carefully. And don’t forget to SUBMIT your application before 11:59PM EST on November 17, 2018!
What is JET?
The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program is a paid employment opportunity that sends U.S. college graduates who are interested in Japan to work and live in cities, towns and villages throughout Japan!
JET Program participants not only become teachers and public servants –they serve as cultural ambassadors of the United States to Japan, representing their hometowns, their country and themselves.
How do I qualify?
All applicants for this highly competitive program must be interested in Japan, be a citizen of the U.S. by the application deadline and hold at least a Bachelor’s degree by July 15, 2019. No Japanese language skills or teaching credentials required!