Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles



JET Program

For complete information about the JET Program and to apply, please visit the Official JET Program Website for U.S. Citizens.Open a new window

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

Connect with the JET Program on Facebook -- click here!Open a new window


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The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, which enters its 33rd year, 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 19 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 hereOpen a new window 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 2019

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 scheduleOpen a new window, or contact the JET desk at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, 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
Tues, Sept. 10 10:00am - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair

San Diego State University, North Library Walkway 

Wed, Sept. 11 10:00am - 3:00pm Study Abroad Fair

California State University, Los Angeles, Main walkway near library and bookstore

Thur, Sept. 12 11:00am - 3:00pm Study Abroad Fair 

California State University, Fullerton, CSUF Titan Walk

Mon, Sept. 16 10:00am - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair 

Chapman University, Attallah Piazza

Mon, Sept. 16 2:30pm - 3:30pm Info Session 

Chapman University, Argyros Forum 

Wed, Sept. 18 10:00am - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair

California State University, Long Beach

Thur, Sept. 19 3:00pm - 4:00pm Info Session

Mt. San Antonio College, Building 77 Room 1070

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

California State University, Dominguez, Loker Student Union East Walkway

Tues, Sept. 24 11:15am - 12:30pm Info Session

Santa Monica College, Humanities and Social Sciences Building 255 (HSS 255)   

Wed, Sept. 25 5:00pm - 7:00pm Info Session

Arizona State University

Wed, Sept. 25 10:00am - 3:00pm Study Abroad Fair

University of California, Irvine, Bren Events Center

Wed, Sept. 25 8:00pm - 8:30pm Info Session

Mesa Community College 

Thur, Sept. 26 10:00am - 2:00pm Career Fair

University of Southern California, Trousdale Parkway, University Park Campus

Thur, Sept. 26 11:00am - 12:00pm Info Session

Northern Arizona University, Blome Conference Room, Center for International Education

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

Northern Arizona University, Blome Conference Room, Center for International Education

Fri, Sept. 27 TBD Info Session

University of Arizona Northern Arizona 

Fri, Sept. 27 2:30pm - 3:30pm Info Session

University of Arizona, LSB #346 (Learning Service Building 2) 

Wed, Oct. 9 1:00pm - 2:30pm Info Session

Cal Poly Pomona, International Center Building #104 

Thur, Oct. 10 10:00am - 2:30pm Career Fair 

University of California, Los Angeles

Thur, Oct. 10 11:00am - 13:00pm Info Session

University of California, Riverside

Thur, Oct. 10 6:30pm - 8:30pm Info Session

California State University, San Bernardino 

Tues, Oct. 15 11:00am - 3:00pm Study Abroad Fair

University of California, Los Angeles, Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom

Tues, Oct. 15 6:00pm - 8:00pm Info Session

University of Southern California

Wed, Oct. 16 10:00am - 2:00pm Career Fair

University of California, Santa Barbara, Thunderdome Events Center

Wed, Oct. 16 10:00am - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair

California State University, Northridge

Mon, Oct. 21 10:00pm - 2:00pm Study Abroad Fair

University of California, San Diego, Price Center Ballroom West

Tues, Oct. 22 10:00am - 3:00pm Study Abroad Fair 

University of California, Irvine, Ring Road in front of Student Center

Wed, Oct. 23 1:00pm - 2:00pm Info Session California State University, Northridge
Wed, Oct. 30 12:00pm - 1:00pm Info Session  Soka University
Wed, Oct. 30 4:00pm - 5:00pm Info Session California State University, Fullerton 
Tues, Nov. 5 4:00pm -5:00pm  Info Session  University of Redlands 
Bulldog Room, 2nd Floor, Hunsaker Building
Tues, Nov. 5 6:20pm - 8:30pm Info Session California State University, San Bernardino
University Hall (UH) 106
Wed. Nov. 13 TBD Japan Fair California State University, San Bernardino
Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center


Application & Interview Timeline

September 25, 2019

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

November 15, 2019

Application deadline


January/February 2020


March 2020

Notification of selection and placement (early placement)

Early to mid-April 2020

Results notification to applicants

June 2020

Placement notification

July 2020

Pre-Departure Seminar, Visa Processing

September 2020

Orientation & Reception, Departure 





JET Alumni Association of Southern California (JETAASC)

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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 HomepageOpen a new window for more information and to join!