Every year the JET Program receives thousands of applications.
Of those, several hundred are disqualified simply because 
they are missing required documents.

Don’t disqualify yourself for a very simple mistake!

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!


Since the JET Program was founded in 1987, we have sent more than 61,000 global participants (including nearly 32,000 Americans) to work in schools, boards of education, and government offices throughout Japan.

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