Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must:

  1. Be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival; be motivated to participate in and initiate international exchange activities in the local community; make an effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan.
  2. Be a citizen of the United Kingdom by the application deadline. If you are a permanent resident of the U.K. (living in the U.K. but not a U.K. citizen) you are not eligible to apply for the JET Programme in the UK. Please contact the Embassy of Japan in your home country for information. Those who possess dual citizenship with Japan and the U.K. must renounce their Japanese citizenship when offered a position on the JET Programme. Applicants who have dual citizenship in two countries (other than Japan) may only apply in one of those countries.
  3. Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or obtain such qualifications by the designated date prior to departure.
  4. Have the ability to adapt to living and working conditions in Japan, which could be significantly different from those experienced in the applicant’s home country, and be able to responsibly complete the term of appointment.
  5. Have a native level of English.
  6. Previous JETs only ; have at least 3 years since the year of their departure to Japan with the JET Programme and not have participated on the programme for more than 5 years in total.
  7. Have not declined a position with the JET Programme in the last programme year after receiving notification of placement.
  8. Not have lived in Japan for a total of six (6) or more years in the past ten (10) years prior to the year of departure.
  9. Have an interest in maintaining relations with Japan, even after completion of the Programme.
  10. Be both mentally and physically fit to work in Japan for the minimum of 1 year.
  11. CIR only; Have a strong, functional command of the Japanese language (ability equivalent to the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N1 or N2. CIR applicants are not required to have passed the actual JLPT N1 or N2 level exam, but should have language ability sufficient to do so.).

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