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Want to go to Japan? Apply for this global exchange programme

The Embassy of Japan in India has started inviting applications for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme

education Updated: Feb 14, 2017 18:56 IST
HT Education Correspondent
The programme has more than 4,000 current participants and over 60,000 alumni.
The programme has more than 4,000 current participants and over 60,000 alumni.(Getty Images)

The Embassy of Japan in India has started inviting applications for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET Programme).

The JET programme is an opportunity for young college graduates to assist with international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan as either assistant language teachers (ALTs) or coordinators for international relations (CIRs).

Founded by the Japanese government in 1987 to help promote internationalisation with rural Japan, JET began with less than 100 participants but has grown to become one of the largest cultural exchange programmes in the world. Today, the programme has more than 4,000 current participants and over 60,000 alumni.

JET programme participants travel to Japan as representatives of their home countries and play an integral role in helping to promote grassroots internationalization and understanding. This year, the Japanese government is going to recruit JET participants from India. A candidate can apply for either the ALT or CIR position (only one of the two; not both).

An ALT is placed mainly in a local board of education or elementary, junior high, and senior high school.

ALT selected from India this time is to be placed in Hyogo Prefecture. A CIR is placed in international exchange departments or bureaus of contracting organisations. CIR selected from India this time is to be placed in Toyama Prefecture. CIR applicants must be from Andhra Pradesh (by birth or have lived/living in the state).

Application deadline is March 7, 2017. The first stage of screening process (written applications) will be conducted between March and April. The second stage of screening process (interviews) will also be conducted during this period.

The pre-departure orientation, preparation, etc will be conducted in June-July. Selected candidates will arrive in Japan by July 30.