This 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. All Required Documents should be submitted through our online application portal. Applications which are missing documents at the time of the deadline will not be considered, so it is important to provide all necessary materials. 

The 2019 JET Program application is now closed.

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App-Pkg Application Form (Sample)
Available through the online portal. 

coh  Self-Report of Medical Conditions (Sample)
Available through the online portal. 

Statement of Purpose
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.

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 ( SAMPLE)
Applicants are required to obtain a Statement of Physician form under the following circumstances: 

  • If you are consulting a physician or other professional on more than one occasion regarding a physical/mental health issue.
  • If you are taking medication to alleviate a condition, illness or injury such that the prescription is re-filled on one or more occasions.
  • If you are undergoing hospitalization (including surgery) to alleviate a condition, illness or injury (not including dental surgery).
  • If you answer yes to questions 1, 2a, 2b, or 3 as found on the Self-Report of Medical Conditions form

 cohCertificate Of Health (SAMPLE)
This is only required at the application stage if the applicant wishes to be considered for Early Placement. Current copy can be found in Steps 13 and 20 of the online application. Please complete this form and keep it in a safe place in advance of your interview. You will be provided with mailing instructions from your chosen interview consulate if you are granted an interview.

Criminal History Background Check
If the applicant lists any relevant history in the application. For more information please see the FBI Criminal History Record Information . Hard copy required to be sent to the applicants interview location. Further details will be provided to applicants selected for an interview.


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.

Please note that we will not accept outdated JET Program application documents. For example, you cannot submit a Statement of Physician form from the 2018 JET Program application packet when applying for the 2019 JET Program. Please obtain the most current forms through our online application portal. 

Submission of Documents

All documents must be submitted online through the application portal. Be sure to read all information in the online portal 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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