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APPLICATION GUIDELINE - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)


The Japan Exchange and Teaching 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.

This year, Japanese Government has decided to expand eligibility of JET programme to the Republic of FIji. The selection process will commence from 1 March 2011, and the deadline of application is 18 March 2011. Interested candidates are advised to read this guideline carefully, follow instruction, and submit the application form and releted documents by the deadline to the Embassy.

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

The Programme is conducted by local authorities and other organisations (hereinafter, contracting organisations) of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (hereinafter, CLAIR).          

The JET Programme started in 1987 with cooperation from participating country governments. In 2010, there were 4,334 participants in the Programme from 36 countries.

As the JET Programme has achieved an excellent reputation over the last 24 years, it is of great importance that this reputation be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as 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 positive interest in Japan.

Participants are appointed by a contracting organisation for a one-year period. The cost of transportation from the participants’ origin to Japan, as well as remuneration, will be funded by tax payers of the contracting organisation where the participant is appointed. Because participants serve as a civil servant of their contracting organisation, they are required to uphold behaviour befitting a civil servant. Withdrawal from the programme after receipt of placement or early termination of appointment should be avoided as it causes many problems for contracting organizations.

The following application guidelines apply to Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs).



Types of Positions and Duties

Eligibility Criteria

Terms and Conditions

Contracting Organization

Use of Personal Information

Transportation, accomodation, Orientation and Training

Application Procedure




Application Form and other necessary forms are downloadable as below:

Application Form

Instructions for filling out the Application Form