JET Programme - Overview

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme aims to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations through fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign, young professionals, from 57 countries. Participants have the opportunity to gain valuable overseas work experience, learn about Japanese language and culture, and meet participants from around the world, while contributing to English language education and international understanding.

The programme offers a minimum, one-year opportunity to experience Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) through this official Government of Japan program. ALTs work alongside Japanese teachers of English in the school system, while CIRs are employed in local government offices to work on projects that involve internationalization at a local level. Position details.

In 2023, 56 participants departed from Vancouver out of over 200 from across Canada. Read our 2023 JET Programme Press Release.

For a complete programme description and eligibility criteria visit the Embassy of Japan in Canada's JET Canada website. Look at our other JET Programme resources and consider attending an information session.

For information on how to apply, visit our Application and Selection Process page