Welcome to the JET Programme UK Website
The Official Website for UK Applicants

What is the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme?

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is an official Japanese Government scheme aiming to improve foreign language teaching in schools and to promote international understanding.

The Programme was established in 1987, with 848 participants from four countries. Since then, the number of participants has increased significantly, with over 4000 graduates from around 40 different countries currently participating.



The JET Programme represents one of the greatest initiatives in the field of human and cultural relations. Its expansion shows the Japanese Government’s commitment to the Programme and overwhelming support for the scheme at a local level.

There are 2 positions available for UK graduates on the JET Programme: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) and Coordinator for International Relations (CIR). Please click on the links in blue for further information about each position.

On average, the UK JET Programme sends over 100 ALTs and up to 10 CIRs to Japan each year.

To read more about the experiences of current and former participants on the JET Programme, click here.