The application process requires that all documents be submitted to the JET Program Office. Applications which are missing documents at the time of the deadline are not considered, so it is important to provide all necessary materials. 

Below is a list of the documents that are part of the JET Program application. Please note that forms which are listed here are samples only and cannot be used to apply. Applicants must both submit documents online AND send one set of official documents to the JET Program Office in Washington, D.C.

The 2018 JET Program application is now closed! The next application period will be in Fall 2018.


App-Pkg Application Form (Sample)
Available through the online portal. The hard-copy requires a signature.

coh  Self-Report of Medical Conditions (Sample)
Available through the online portal. The hard-copy requires a signature.

Statement of Purpose
To be submitted through the online portal. An essay (two-pages, double-spaced) describing your motivation and qualifications for participating on the JET Program.

reference Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
To be submitted through the online portal. References must be academic or professional (from a professor, advisor or supervisor).

College/University Transcripts
From ALL colleges and universities attended, including study abroad institutions. Transcripts must be official; photocopies will not be accepted. 

Proof of Graduation (or Expected Graduation)
Showing the conferral of a bachelor’s degree or the date of expected graduation if the applicant is still a student at the time of application.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship
Such as a U.S. passport, birth certificate, or completed naturalization papers.




Teaching Certification
If the applicant has a state-issued certification to teach (grade level, subject, substitute, etc.)

TESL/TEFL Certification
If the applicant has completed a certificate in English as a Second/Foreign Language.

jlpt Japanese Language Certification
If the applicant has passed any level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

Statement of Physician (Download)
If the applicant lists medical history in the Self-Report of Medical Conditions form that requires a clearance to participate from a physician or medical specialist.

 cohCertificate Of Health (Download)
If the applicant selected Early Placement consideration.

Criminal History Background Check
If the applicant lists any relevant history in the application. For more information please see FBI Criminal History Record Information


Documents that will NOT be accepted

Any document that is not a required or supplemental document listed above should not be included.  This includes but is not limited to resumes, headshots or other photographs, extra letters of recommendation, etc.

Submission of Documents

All documents must be submitted online through the application portal AND a full set of documents must be sent to the JET Program Office in Washington, D.C. Be sure to read all information in the online portal, including the final checklist and mailing instructions, in order to correctly submit your documents.

More information about these documents is also available in the Application FAQ.


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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