How to apply


You must submit TWO references.

- References must be specific to your JET application (see below) with a signature on the reference letter and over the seal of the envelope.

- Referees cannot be your friends, family members or family friends.

- The JET Programme does not approach referees to request references. This is the applicant's responsibility.

- Your references will not be returned.

- References must be in English.

- Do NOT send references separately to the JET Desk. These are to be included in your completed application pack.

- Please ask each of your referees to include one original along with 3 photocopies (in total 4 copies) of your reference letter to be included in the signed and sealed envelope.

- If you send more than 2 references, two will be randomly chosen and the extra reference(s) will be discarded.

FOR GRADUATES: 1 academic reference from your former university tutor / lecturer AND 1 professional reference from your current or former employer OR 2 professional references, each from either a current or former employer

FOR FINAL YEAR STUDENTS : 1 academic reference from your university tutor / lecturer AND 1 professional reference from your current or former employer OR 2 academic references

- The JET Programme does not provide reference forms. Referees should write a standard reference ensuring that they satisfy the points below.

References need to be typed, addressed to the UK JET Programme, states the applicant’s full name, on headed paper, states the length of time for which the referee has known the applicant, states the referee's title and their relationship to the applicant, attempting to address the suitability of the applicant to the JET Programme including the applicant's suitability to live abroad and to work as an Assistant Language Teacher and the applicant's personality and interests (information regarding extra-curricular activities, if known, is particularly welcome).

If you are submitting academic references, references need to discuss the applicant's academic ability in addition to other aspects of the applicant.

The referee must sign the reference itself. It must be placed in an envelope, which must then be closed and sealed. The referee must then sign over the seal of the envelope to show that the reference has not been seen or tampered with.

The reference should be sent to the applicant, not directly to the JET Office. Applicants should send their two references together with the rest of their application materials.

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