Culture & Education


The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme invites third level graduates from overseas to participate in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan. Established in 1986, JET has become one of the largest exchange programmes in the world.

The JET Programme is implemented by local authorities within Japan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (the Three Ministries), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).

Ireland became a participating country in the JET Programme in 1987. Since then over 1,390 Irish people have contributed to and enjoyed the programme. Twenty-five Irish JETs are expected to leave for Japan on the 2020 JET Programme, and around 100 Irish JETs are currently living and working in Japan. Irish JETs act as ambassadors for Ireland, introducing all aspects of Irish culture to the Japanese people.
The application process for the 2021 JET Programme is now OPEN.