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The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

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The JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme offers New Zealand citizens who hold a university degree or teaching qualification opportunities to teach at primary, junior high and senior high schools as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or to work in local government organizations as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR).

Applications for the 2021 JET Programme are now closed. Applications for 2022 will open in October 2021. Please see the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand website for application details.

2021 JET Programme Calendar in New Zealand for ALT & CIR

September 2020 Applications open
14 December 2020 Applications close
February/March 2021 Interviews
April 2021 Announcement of short-list status for early arrival
Notification of selection/placement for early arrival
April 2021 Announcement of short-list candidates and reserves
June 2021 Notification of selection and placement
June - December 2021 Notification of reserves being upgraded to the short-list
July/August 2021 Q&A Desk, Pre-departure orientation, visa application, etc
12 September 2021 Arrival in Japan and start of contract

Enquiries about the JET Programme can be made to:

Consulate-General of Japan
 Level 15, AIG Building, 41 Shortland Street
 P.O.Box 3959 , AUCKLAND 1140
 Email: info-cul(AT)
 Hours:9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

*Please replace (AT) with @ in all of the listed E-mails due to spam protection.

Australian and New Zealand JET Programme Alumni Testimonials

Since its inception in 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme has produced thousands of alumni that can be found working across different sectors and industries globally, harnessing the personal and professional skills and knowledge they developed whilst they were on the Programme. These testimonials contain information on the Programme and spotlights on the JET experiences and post-JET achievements of eight former JET Programme participants in Australia and New Zealand.

Australian and New Zealand JET Programme Alumni Testimonials