Culture & Education


Applying for the JET Programme in Ireland

Each year the Embassy of Japan accepts applications from Irish candidates wishing to take part in the JET Programme. Two kinds of positions are available: ALTs (Assistant Language Teacher) and CIRs (Coordinator for International Relations). There is only one intake of applications per year. Application materials are available under the Application Procedure heading.

The application process for the 2020 JET Programme is now CLOSED.

Enquiries to:
JET Desk, Information and Culture Section, Embassy of Japan
Tel: 01 202 8306
Fax: 01 202 8350


All 2020 Irish applicants must:

  1. Hold a full Republic of Ireland passport.
  2. Hold a Bachelor’s degree in any subject by July 2020.
  3. Have excellent English skills (written and spoken).
  4. Be both mentally and physically healthy.
  5. Have a keen interest in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after arrival.
  6. Have the ability to adapt to living and working conditions that could be significantly different from those previously experienced by the applicant.
  7. Not have lived in Japan for six or more years in total since 2010.
  8. Not have participated in the JET Programme since the 2017-2018 JET Programme year (inclusive of April 2017 arrivals) or for more than five years in total.
  9. Not have declined, without justifiable reason, a position on the JET Programme after receiving notification of placement in the previous JET Programme year.
  10. Obey all Japanese laws.

CIR applicants:

  1. CIR applicants must have a sufficient command of the Japanese language and knowledge of the culture for daily work in a Japanese environment.

Recruitment Timeline





September to December
Application window opens

Applicants are advised to start preparing the necessary documents early as it can take longer than expected.
13 December 2019
Application deadline

Applicants must submit all documents (by post or in person) to the JET Desk, Embassy of Japan and they should be postmarked no later than 5.00pm.
Submitted documents will not be returned.
Late submissions or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
First stage of screening
process (written applications)

Candidates who pass the initial screening stage will be interviewed for final selection.
Second stage of screening
process (interviews)

Interviews will take place in Dublin only.
CIR Interviews are conducted in Japanese and English.

Announcement of short-list candidate status for April arrivals
Notification of selection and assignment of contracting organisation for April arrivals.
Announcement of short-list candidate status.
12 April 2020

April arrivals arrive in Japan
 April -

Arrival on designated date in Japan for those arriving after April but before designated September arrival dates.
May -
Placement notification

Notification of selection and assignment of contracting organisation for September arrival successful candidates.
 May - December (second week)

Notification of alternates being upgraded as short-list candidates.
June - July 
Pre-Departure Orientation 

Pre-Departure Orientation, preparation, etc.
8 September 2020

Arrival in Japan (9 September 2020) and start of appointment (10 September 2020).

Promotional Talks

Schedule of promotional talks for the 2020 JET Programme.

Date Time Institution and Venue Event
Tues 24 Sept Presentation:
11.15 - 12.15
Stand: 13.00 - 15.00 
Waterford Institute of Technology
Presentation: Auditorium
Stand: New Atrium, Outside Main Canteen
Promotional Stand and Presentation
Wed 25 Sept 11.00 - 15.00 University College Dublin
Stand: O'Reilly Hall, Belfield
Career Fair
Mon 30 Sept 12.00 - 15.00 Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Stand: Galway Campus
Career Fair
Tues 1 Oct  12.00 - 16.00 National University of Ireland, Galway
Stand: Kingfisher Sports Hall
Career Fair
Thurs 3 Oct 12.00 - 16.00 University of Limerick
Stand: Sports Arena
Career Fair
Tues 8 Oct 11.00 - 14.00 Limerick Institute of Technology
Stand: Moylish Campus
Career Fair
Wed 9 Oct 10.00 - 13.00 Athlone Institute of Technology
Promotional Stand
Thurs 10 Oct 11.00 - 15.00 Institute of Technology Sligo
Stand: Careers Fair
Career Fair and Presentation
Tues 15 Oct Stand:
11.00 – 14.00
14.30 - 15.30
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Stand: Outside Room 1104
Presentation: Room 1404
Promotional Stand and Presentation
Wed 16 Oct 13.00 - 14.00 Dublin City University - St. Patrick's Campus Presentation
Thurs 17 Oct 11.00 - 15.00 Cork Institute of Technology
Main Student Corridor
Promotional Stand
Fri 18 Oct 11.00 - 14.00 Dundalk Institute of Technology
Outside Main Campus Restaurant
Promotional Stand
Wed 23 Oct 11.00 - 14.00 Technological University Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus
Promotional Stand
Thurs 24 Oct 13.00 - 14.00 Dublin City University - Glasnevin Campus Presentation
Thurs 24 Oct 16.30 - 18.00 *Embassy of Japan Presentation
Fri 25 Oct Stand:
10.00 - 14.00
15.00 - 16.00
University College Cork
Stand: O'Rahilly Building
Presentation: Aras na Laoi G19
Promotional Stand and Presentation
Tues 5 Nov 11.00 - 14.00 Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus
Outside 001
Promotional Stand
Thurs 7 Nov Stand:
11.00 - 13.00
13.00 - 14.00
Trinity College Dublin
Stand: Arts Building Concourse
Presentation: Arts Building, Room 3071
Promotional Stand and Presentation
Sat 9 Nov 10.00 - 17.00 J Con
Croke Park
Promotional Stand
Mon 11 Nov 13.00 - 14.00 National University of Ireland, Galway
Presentation: Careers Seminar Room
Tues 12 Nov 10.45 - 14.00 Institute of Technology Carlow
Promotional Stand
Wed 13 Nov Stand:
11.00 - 13.00
13.00 - 14.00
Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire
Stand: Foyer, Atrium Building
Presentation: Library
Promotional Stand and Presentation
Thurs 14 Nov 11.45 - 14.30 Maynooth University
Career Development Centre
Promotional Stand
Tues 19 Nov 16.30 - 18.00 *Embassy of Japan Presentation
Wed 20 Nov 12.00 - 14.00 Technological University Dublin - City Campus - Aungier Street
Stand: Outside Grumpy Mule Cafe
Promotional Stand

*Reservation required. Please contact the JET Desk
Tel: 01 202 8306 or E-mail:


Application Procedure

Please follow these 5 steps:

STEP 1: Read the 2020 Application Guidelines

STEP 2: Download and print out the Application Form  and fill it out in neat handwriting (referring to the Chart Sheet codes and map of Japan) . Please use block letters.

STEP 3: Prepare all other necessary documentation (see Application Checklist below for further explanation)
Reference Forms
Self-Report of Medical Condition(s)
Statement of Physician Form (if applicable)
Certificate of Health Form (if applicable)

STEP 4: Prepare copies as specified in the Application Checklist. Arrange four separate document sets (one set of originals and three sets of copies). All documents should be A4.

Application Checklist




(1) Application Form 1 3
(2) JET Programme Applicant Self-Report of Medical Condition(s) 1 3
(3) Letters of Reference (and Reference Form) from two referees in Japanese or English.
(If you have not graduated yet, one of the referees must be someone related to your university and must contain a reference to your expected date of graduation.)
References should be in sealed envelopes. Please do not open your references.
2 3 each
(4) Certified Record/Transcript of all college/university courses
  • Inclusive of all college/university courses 
  • Please note, transcripts must be original documents or certified versions (each page signed and stamped by the university).
  • These can be obtained from the Registrar's Office of your college/university
  • Must include original or certified transcripts from any separate college/univeristy attended (as part of Study Abroad/placement). These transcripts should be issued by the separate college/university.
1 3
(5) Essay (Statement of Purpose)
Typed, single-sided, double-spaced on A4 paper (210mm x 297mm) not exceeding two pages. This page limit must be strictly observed.
1 3
(6) Proof of Degree a) For those who will graduate by July 2020:
Certificate of expected date of graduation or proof of current attendance on a degree course.
1 3
b) For those who have already graduated:
Four photocopies of Graduation Certificate or Degree (original should not be submitted). Please reduce these copies to A4 where necessary. Inclusive of all degrees earned (i.e. BA and MA, or BSc and MSc, etc.) 
0 4
(7)Document which shows your nationality
Please include a copy of your passport. If your passport is out of date at the time of the application deadline, please also include a copy of your birth certificate.
0 4
(8)Teaching or language proficiency qualifications (TEFL/TESL/JLPT) (*Only for applicants with these types of qualifications) 0 4
(9)If you answered “yes” to either questions 1, 2a, 2b or 3 on the Self-Report of Medical Condition(s) then please also include a completed Statement of Physician Form. 1 3
(10) Criminal Record/Police Certificate (*Only for applicants with a criminal record, or applicants who indicate on their application an interest in an April arrival, or an Early arrival)
In the case the applicant is unable to obtain his/her criminal record by the time of application, a document proving you have applied will be accepted. In this instance, the criminal record itself must then be submitted by Wednesday 29 January 2020.
Please see 6.(1) in regards to obtaining a criminal record.
1 3
 (11) Certificate of Health (form provided) (*Only for applicants who indicate on their application an interest in an April arrival, or an arrival after April but before September arrival) 1 3
(12) Optional: Please enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard (with an Irish stamp) if you wish to receive notification from the Embassy that your application documents have been received. 1 0
STEP 5: Submit all documents to the JET Desk by hand or by post no later than 5:00pm, Friday 13 December 2019.

Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected for interview by post in January.
Preparing an application for the JET Programme can take longer than expected, so applicants are strongly advised to start to collate the required material well in advance of the deadline.
Documents cannot be returned.



I am currently living abroad. Can I apply through a Japanese Embassy close to me?
No. All applicants who are Irish citizens must apply through the Embassy of Japan in Ireland and must be willing to attend an interview in Dublin in February.

What is Early Departure?
There is a possibility for candidates who have already graduated to apply for early departure. If a position opens up there may be a possibility to depart in April. If you are interested in applying for early departure please indicate it on the Application Form. Please be aware that early departure candidates must provide a Police Certificate and the Certificate of Health form by 29 January 2020 at the latest.

Can I use the past JET Programme Application Form to apply for the 2020 JET Programme?
No. Slight changes are made to the application every year which makes application forms from the previous year invalid. Using an old application form may result in the disqualification of your application.

Can I send in my transcripts and/or reference letters separately from my application?
Please advise the JET Desk if you are having any issues obtaining documents in time for the deadline. You should note that the JET Desk is not responsible for lost or late materials and that late or missing documents may result in disqualification.

Will I be disqualified if my application is on time but my transcripts and/or reference letters arrive past the deadline?
Yes you will. We strongly advise applicants to prepare all materials well in advance of the deadline. The JET Desk is not responsible for lost or late materials. Final decisions about whether lost or late materials will be accepted will be made by the JET Desk at the Embassy of Japan.

Can I open my transcripts and references even though they are in a sealed envelope to make the required copies?
You may open your transcripts to make the required copies, but you may not open your reference letters for any reason. Opened reference letters will not be read, and your application will be considered incomplete and may be disqualified.

The JET Programme application asks for my employment history.  Is it OK just to attach my CV?
No, you must fill out all official application documents completely. However, since the employment section has limited space, you may add maximum a one-page attachment in the same format as the application. Please first use the spaces on the Application Form before adding an attachment. You should indicate on the Application that you are including an attachment. CVs will be discarded at the time your application is opened by the JET Desk, and you will receive credit only for the experience written on the Application Form or on the one page attachment as described above

Can I check with the JET Desk to see if my application was received?
The JET Desk is extremely busy during the application season so we ask that you do not call or email us to inquire about the status of your application. If you wish to receive notification from the Embassy that your application documents have been received, please enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard along with your application. If you would like to know as soon as possible whether we received your application, we recommend that you send it by registered or certified mail.

More FAQs can be found on the main JET Programme website