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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 2024 JET Programme are now closed. Applications for the 2025 JET Programme will open in October 2024. Please see the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand website for application form and information.

2024 JET Programme Calendar in New Zealand for ALT & CIR

September 2023 Applications open
5 December 2023 Applications close
Late January 2024 Interviews
March 2024 Announcement of short-list status for early arrival
Notification of selection/placement for early arrival
April 2024 Announcement of short-list candidates and reserves
7 April 2024 Arrival in Japan for April arrivals
May 2024 Notification of selection and placement
June - December 2024 Notification of reserves being upgraded to the short-list
June/July 2024 Q&A Desk, Pre-departure orientation, visa application, etc
Late July/Early August 2024 Arrival in Japan and start of contract

Enquiries about the JET Programme can be made to:

Consulate-General of Japan
 Level 15, 41 Shortland Street
 P.O.Box 3959, AUCKLAND 1140
 Tel: 09-303-4106
 Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Presentations for the 2024 JET Programme

Presentations for the 2024 JET programme were held on the following dates:
Wednesday 20 September 2023
University of Waikato  - 1pm-2.30pm, Room I.1.05
Thursday 21 September 2023
University of Auckland  - 6pm-7.30pm, OGGB Caseroom 3 (260.055)

Monday 2 October 2023
AUT University  - 12.30pm-2pm, Room WF710

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