JET Program


Experience Japan

The JET Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program also aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth. JET Program participants serve as either Coordinators for International Relations or as Assistant Language Teachers. The program is conducted in cooperation with various Japanese Government Ministries, local organizations and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.

JET Program Available Positions:

Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
ALTs are mainly placed in local board of education offices or public and/or private elementary, junior and/or senior high schools. These participants are primarily engaged in English language instruction.

In general, ALTs are not required to have Japanese language skills. However, successful applicants make an effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan and are interested in the Japanese education system and ESL instruction in Japan.

Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
CIRs are placed in offices of local authorities or related organizations and are primarily engaged in internationalization activities. CIR applicants must have strong verbal and written Japanese language skills as proficiency is necessary to function in Japanese office environment. As a CIR, you might implement international exchange or language education programs, receive guests from abroad, give speeches, or assist with translation and interpreting.

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For more information related to the JET Program please contact:

Consulate General of Japan
701 Pike Street, Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98101
206-682-9107 x134

For eligibility requirements and application information please contact:

For information concerning JET Alumni for all of the United States and in the pacific northwest area please contact:

Application & Interview Timeline

Late September 2022

Applications will be made available through the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.Open a new window

Please see the list of Required Documents and Supplemental MaterialsOpen a new window. Some items (e.g. transcripts and/or criminal background check) may take up to one month to obtain, therefore it would be in your best interest to begin collecting your documents as soon as possible.

September - November

Recruitment -- Campus Visits & Information SessionsOpen a new window

Friday, November 18, 2022

Application deadline (11:59 pm HST)


Late January to Early February 2023


March 2023

Notification of results

May 2023

Placement notification, Visa Processing

July-August 2023

Orientation & Reception, Departure

Information Sessions in Fall 2022

JET Program Virtual Information Sessions
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle’s JET Program staff will be hosting virtual information sessions for prospective applicants. Registrants will learn more about the roles, experiences, and application tips and tricks.
Information sessions will be held on Zoom. You will need to register 24 hours before the information session you would like to attend in order to receive an invitation link.

For a complete list of upcoming events across the country, visit the JET Program USA Website.
Date Time Event Registration
Tuesday, October 4 9:00am - 9:45am PT Virtual Information Session

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Monday, October 17 12:00pm - 12:45pm PT & 3:00pm - 3:45 pm Virtual Information Session

2023 JET Program Virtual Information Session ( a new window

Friday, October 21 11:00 am - 11:45am PT & 2:00pm - 2:45pm  Virtual Information Session

2023 JET Program Virtual Information Session ( a new window

Thursday, November 3
2:30pm - 3:15pm & 4:30pm - 5:15pm Virtual Information Session 2023 JET Program Virtual Information Session ( a new window