The JET Programme (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme)


About the JET Programme

The JET Programme offers young foreign university graduates to work at schools as Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), in local authorities offices (or related organisations) as Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), or as sports coach Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) for one year (extension possible). Swiss applicants can in general apply to ALT and CIR positions. Please note however that positions might be not available each year.

Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) will be engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education or publicly run primary, junior high and senior high schools. There may be a very limited number of cases in which the participants are placed in private primary, junior high and senior high schools through the prefectural offices or designated city offices.
Main duties will be assistance the following points: classes taught by Japanese teachers, preparation of materials, language training of Japanese teachers, foreign language conversation training, foreign language speech contests and more.

Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) will be engaged in internationalisation activities. CIRs are placed in the offices of local authorities or related organisations.
Main duties will be: Assistance in projects related to international activities carried out by the Contracting Organisation. Such activities may include: editing, translating and compiling brochures into a foreign language; assisting in planning, designing and implementing international exchange programmes including international economic exchange programmes; assisting in hosting official guests from abroad and interpreting at events for overseas visitors or for local foreign community residents.


In 2024 one position is available for Swiss applicants in the JET Programme.
Recruitment: 1 Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
Contracting Organisation: Myoko City (Niigata Prefecture)
Placement: Myoko Kogen Junior High School
Arrival in Japan and start of contract: August 4, 2024

(There is no Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) position available in 2024)

Application Process and Documents

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024
Interviews: April 18, 2024
The interviews will take place at the Japan Information and Cultural Center of the Embassy of Japan in Switzerland (Engestrasse 43, 3012 Bern). The date of the interviews will be announced in February on the website of the Embassy of Japan in Switzerland.

Please send applications to:
Japan Information and Cultural Center
Embassy of Japan in Switzerland
JET Programme
Postfach, 3001 Bern



Japan Information and Cultural Center, Embassy of Japan
Phone: 031 305 15 70