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JET Program


Recruitment -- Campus Visits and Information Sessions

Application Timeline & Interviews

JET Alumni Association of Southern California

For complete information about the JET Program and to apply, please visit the Official JET Program Website for U.S. Citizens at the website of the Embassy of Japan in the U.S.

If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, please check this page and to find the Embassy of Japan website of the country in which you hold citizenship.

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headerThe Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The number of countries sending participants has risen over the years, as has the number of participants.

The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) administers the JET Program in cooperation with local government organisations; the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). CLAIR provides support for both JET Program participants and their Contracting Organizations* by arranging each JET participant's arrival, holding orientation seminars, as well as providing counselling and distributing a wide variety of essential resource materials and information.

Two positions are offered for U.S. citizens: Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). ALTs work as assistants to Japanese teachers of English at elementary, junior high or senior high schools, while CIRs engage in international exchange activities at local government offices.

JET participants are located in every prefecture of Japan and develop strong relationships with their local communities through foreign language education and international exchange activities. After completing their time on the Program, many former JET participants use their experiences in Japan to continue enhancing relations between Japan and their home countries.

* Contracting Organizations consist of 47 prefectural and 14 designated city governments, individual city, town and village governments and some private schools. JET participants sign their contracts with their Contracting Organization and as such, they are under the jurisdiction of the local authority which employs them.

The information contained on this page is specifically for prospective JETs, current applicants, and JET Alumni who live or work in our jurisdiction of Southern California (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties) and the state of Arizona.

If you have questions about the JET Program not answered here or on the official U.S. website, and you reside in our jurisdiction, please contact the JET Program Coordinator by phone at (213) 617-6700 x332, or by email. If you are not a United States citizen, please click here to find and contact the Embassy of Japan in the country to which you hold citizenship for JET Program information.

Campus Visits & Information Sessions in Fall 2016

The JET Program does most of its recruiting at college and university campuses in our jurisdiction. At some campuses we offer an information session specifically for the JET Program. Below is a list of the campuses we will be visiting. Please check back frequently for updates and changes, as additional sessions and locations will be added throughout September/October. Whether you are a student or you have already graduated, you are more than welcome to attend any of our events.

Unable to attend sessions in this jurisdiction? Click here for the JET Program's national recruitment schedule, or contact Ms. Tiffani Razo, Program Coordinator, to arrange a brief consultation in the JICC Library. Consultations are subject to availability and must be scheduled at least 2 business days in advance.

Date Time Event Venue
Tue, Sept. 6 10:00am - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair

CSU Dominguez Hills, Loker Student Union (LSU) North Lawn

Thur, Sept. 8 11:00pm - 3:00pm Study Abroad Fair

CSU Fullerton, Central Quad

Wed, Sept. 14 12:00pm - 1:00pm Info Session

Pomona College, TBD

Mon, Sept. 19 10:00am - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair

Chapman College, Piazza

Wed, Sept. 21 10:00am - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair

CSU Long Beach, Main sidewalk across from the bookstore

Wed, Sept. 21 1:30pm - 2:30pm Info Session

San Diego State University, Career Services Workshop Room

Mon, Sept. 26 12:00pm - 1:00pm Info Session

CSU Channel Islands, Coville Conference Room

Mon, Sept. 26 3:00pm - 4:00pm Info Session

Pepperdine University, 210 Tyler Campus Center

Tue, Sept. 27 10:00am - 1:30pm Study Abroad Fair

CSU Los Angeles, Outdoor area between the Library and Golden Eagle Bookstore

Tue, Sept. 27 3:00pm - 4:00pm Info Session

University of Southern California, Cardinal/Gold Conference Room (STU) B6

Wed, Sept. 28 12:00pm - 1:00pm Info Session

University of La Verne, Founders Hall 21

Wed, Sept. 28 4:00pm - 5:00pm Info Session

University of Redlands, TBD

Thur, Sept. 29 12:00pm - 1:00pm Info Session

Occidental College, Hameetman Career Center - Conference Room

Tue, Oct.4 10:00am - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair

University of Arizona, Student Union Memorial Center, North Ballroom

Wed, Oct. 5 6:00pm - 7:30pm

7:45pm - 8:30pm
Info Session and Application Workshop

Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Ventana C

Thur, Oct. 6 12:00pm - 1:00pm Info Session

Northern Arizona University, TBD

Tue, Oct. 18 11:00am - 3:00pm Study Abroad Fair

UCLA, Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom

Tue, Oct. 18 11:30am - 1:00pm Information Session

UC San Diego, Career Services Room, Horizon Room

Thur, Oct. 20 10:00am - 3:00pm Study Abroad Fair

UC Irvine, Ring Road (between the student center and Gateway Study Center)

Thur, Oct. 20 11:00am - 2:00pm Gap Year Fair

Claremont Colleges, Pomona College Edmunds Ballroom

Thur, Oct. 20 4:15pm - 5:15pm Information Session

Pitzer College, Bernard 101

Fri, Oct. 21 12:00pm - 1:00pm Information Session

Cal Poly Pomona, Building 6 - Room 113

Fri, Oct. 21 12:00pm - 3:00pm International Career and Resource Fair

CSU San Bernardino, San Bernardino International Airport

Mon, Oct. 24 4:00pm - 5:00pm Information Session

CSU Northridge, Career Center, Bayramian Hall, Suite 410

Mon, Oct. 24 4:00pm - 5:00pm Information Session

CSU Long Beach, Liberal Arts 2, Building 203 (LA2-203)

Tue, Oct. 25 3:00pm - 4:00pm Information Session

UC Irvine, TBD

Wed, Oct. 26 11:00am - 1:00pm Information Session

UC Riverside, TBD

Thur, Oct. 27 12:00pm - 1:00pm Information Session

Whittier College, Weingart Career Center

Thur, Oct. 27 6:00pm - 7:00pm Information Session

Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Conference Room

Fri, Oct. 28 4:30pm - 5:30pm
5:45pm - 6:30pm
Information Session and Application Workshop

CSU San Bernardino, CE-105

Application & Interview Timeline

Early October

Applications will be made available through the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. (link)

Please see the list of Required Documents and Supplemental Materials. 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 Sessions

Nov. 18, 2016

Application deadline

All applications must be POSTMARKED to the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. by Nov. 18, 2016.

Applicants must submit all required documents in hard copy to the JET Program office in Washington, D.C.




Notification of selection and placement (early placement)

Early to mid-April

Results notification to applicants


Placement notification & Pre-Departure Orientation

Early July

Visa Processing

End of July

Bon Voyage Reception & Departure


Prefectural Orientation (in Japan)

JET Alumni Association of Southern California (JETAASC)

There is life after JET! When you return to the United States, you can look forward to joining an organization filled with people who truly appreciate your experiences. JETAA is a support group and network for both recent returnees and JET alumni that have been back for a while. JETAA organizes social events, career informational and networking forums, and opportunities to assist the Consulate as speakers and interviewers with its recruitment and selection of new JETs. The networking is especially worthwhile since many of JETAA members work as educators and in many Japanese companies and organizations in Southern California.

Visit the JETAASC Official Homepage for more information and to join!




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