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


JET Teaching
JET Students

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, which enters its 36th 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 20 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.


Application & Interview Timeline

Early October 2021

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.

October - November

Recruitment -- Campus Visits & Information SessionsOpen a new window

November 12, 2021

Application deadline


February/March 2022


April 2022

Notification of results

June 2022

Placement notification, Visa Processing

July-August 2022

Orientation & Reception, Departure


Information Sessions in Fall 2021

The JET Program will continue to offer virtual recruitment sessions in 2021 due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the Delta variant. You can find a list of virtual JET Program information sessions below (please register in advance). 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. Consultations are subject to availability and must be scheduled at least 2 business days in advance.


Date Time Event Registration
Friday, Sept. 10 3:30pm - 4:30pm Virtual Information Session a new window

Thursday, Sept. 16 10:00am - 11:00am Virtual Information Session a new window

Wednesday, Sept. 29 12:00pm - 1:00pm Virtual Information Session a new window

Tuesday, Oct. 5 2:00pm - 3:00pm Virtual Information Session a new window
Friday, Oct. 15 11:00am - 12:00pm Virtual Information Session a new window
Thursday, Oct. 21 4:00pm - 5:00pm Virtual Information Session a new window
Wednesday, Oct. 27 2:00pm - 3:00pm Virtual Application Workshop a new window
Tuesday, Nov. 2 2:30pm - 3:30pm Virtual Application Workshop a new window
Tuesday, Nov. 9 3:30pm - 4:30pm Virtual Application Workshop a new window


JET Alumni Association of Southern California & Arizona (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 Japanese companies and organizations in Southern California and Arizona.

Visit the JETAASC Official HomepageOpen a new window for more information and to join!