Culture & Education/JCC

The 2020 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

The application is closed.


Application deadline: November 15, 2019 (Friday) 4:00pm (Closed)

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. We regret to inform that The 2020 JET Selection Committee will not be able to disclose any details of the selection criteria.

Please mail or hand-deliver your application package to:
RE: Application for the 2020 JET Programme
Embassy of Japan in Singapore
16 Nassim Road
Singapore 258390

(Your application package must reach us by the above deadline.)


The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (hereinafter, Programme) seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. The Programme aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.

The objectives of the Programme are being achieved by offering JET Programme participants (hereinafter, Participant(s)) the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Japan.

The Programme is implemented by local authorities and other organisations (hereinafter, Contracting Organisation(s)) who appoint Participants in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (hereinafter, CLAIR).

The Programme started in 1987 with cooperation from governments of participating countries. In 2018, there were 5,528 participants on the Programme from 54 countries.

As the Programme has achieved an excellent reputation over the last 32 years, it is of great importance that this reputation be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as honoured representatives of their countries. As such, they are expected to be responsible in all their activities, especially those concerning the promotion of mutual understanding between nations. It is therefore desirable that Participants be adaptable, mentally and physically capable of performing the job duties and have a deep interest in Japan.

Generally, Participants are appointed by prefectures, municipalities, and private schools, etc. as a member of staff for a one-year period. The cost of transportation from the Participant’s origin to Japan, as well as remuneration, will be funded by the tax payers of Japan via the Contracting Organisation where the Participant is appointed. Because Participants serve as civil servants and private school staff members of their Contracting Organisations, they are required to observe rules and behave responsibly.

Withdrawal from the Programme after receipt of assignment or early termination of participation should be avoided as it causes numerous problems for Contracting Organisations, in addition to severely impacting the administration of the Programme itself.

The following application guidelines apply to Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs).