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Non-Official JET Applying Forum. Applying for JET or another ALT position this year? Missing the old "Aspiring" forums from Official? You've come to the right place! Feel free to ask questions, solicit advice, or seek help of any sort with the JET application process here. We'll be glad to help!

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  1. Going through the way-too-long misery of the JET Program application process? Read what previous applicants and JETs have said! You can read old SOPs here, pore through a treasure trove of advice and tips, and see what has worked (and what hasn't) in the past.

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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Attention: Lurkers!

    Started by word, October 2nd, 2013 10:58
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 13,560
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic application info and common JET myths

    Started by Page, September 28th, 2011 12:10
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 15,095
    October 5th, 2014, 18:54 Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    Started by Jiggit, July 4th, 2014 14:07
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 199
    • Views: 96,753
    June 4th, 2016, 11:04 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Statement of Purpose thread: advice and people who are willing to proofread

    Started by squirrelmagnolia, September 22nd, 2014 04:48
    9 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 9
    • Replies: 169
    • Views: 63,020
    October 2nd, 2017, 08:38 Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Word's Formerly Secret Interview Advice

    Started by word, January 9th, 2014 10:26
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 67
    • Views: 39,710
    November 2nd, 2015, 03:20 Go to last post
  1. Driving...

    Started by weepinbell, March 31st, 2015 11:16
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 85
    • Views: 27,522
    April 6th, 2015, 11:12 Go to last post
  2. Dropping my minor?

    Started by Applicant2014, December 4th, 2014 04:45
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,147
    December 5th, 2014, 12:52 Go to last post
  3. Drugs!

    Started by weepinbell, April 6th, 2015 11:00
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 56
    • Views: 13,687
    April 9th, 2015, 08:14 Go to last post
  4. Early Entry

    Started by fairiehearts, January 26th, 2015 08:45
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,185
    January 28th, 2015, 13:03 Go to last post
  5. Early Placement- Criminal History Background Check

    Started by Difficultwork, January 13th, 2015 06:41
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,579
    January 14th, 2015, 23:47 Go to last post
  6. Early Placement?

    Started by krayziesensei, October 4th, 2014 01:52
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,469
    October 9th, 2014, 14:52 Go to last post
  7. Economics

    Started by fryfry, June 26th, 2016 09:12
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 5,187
    July 14th, 2016, 14:57 Go to last post
  8. Error reported in the JET Application

    Started by Ark42, October 16th, 2014 09:39
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 30
    • Views: 2,959
    October 22nd, 2014, 22:31 Go to last post
  9. Ex-JETs applying to return to the programme

    Started by hedgington, October 22nd, 2014 08:54
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 45
    • Views: 10,507
    September 10th, 2015, 15:55 Go to last post
  10. Expungement?

    Started by namiburlesk, January 22nd, 2015 06:01
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 5,720
    January 31st, 2015, 21:58 Go to last post
  11. Facebook worry

    Started by BabyKing, December 6th, 2015 09:17
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 6,422
    January 13th, 2016, 13:43 Go to last post
  12. FBI Background Check

    Started by jetting?, March 23rd, 2016 17:57
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,820
    March 24th, 2016, 06:41 Go to last post
  13. FBI Background Check = Livescan?

    Started by Rekrab, October 23rd, 2015 03:02
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 856
    October 23rd, 2015, 09:31 Go to last post
  14. FBI Background Check delayed?

    Started by hiddenlee22, March 17th, 2015 04:44
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 41
    • Views: 10,481
    July 1st, 2015, 09:17 Go to last post
  15. Female ALTs wearing pants?

    Started by JPNLKatie, June 22nd, 2016 14:11
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 4,945
    July 7th, 2016, 13:37 Go to last post
  16. Fiancé joining me in Japan in the future?

    Started by JestersJ, January 14th, 2015 05:23
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 886
    January 14th, 2015, 05:33 Go to last post
  17. Finally (!) looking to apply this coming October

    Started by UsagiUK, January 28th, 2016 00:04
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,333
    January 30th, 2016, 02:36 Go to last post
  18. For the rejected.

    Started by Rmtcts, April 2nd, 2015 20:23
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 66
    • Views: 26,693
    April 10th, 2015, 21:52 Go to last post
  19. Forgot the word "and" in my SOP, just now realizing it. ..

    Started by WonderingUnicorn, January 8th, 2015 23:52
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 40
    • Views: 5,465
    January 13th, 2015, 13:17 Go to last post
  20. Gathering Application Packs

    Started by Snow, October 3rd, 2017 05:04
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 263
    October 3rd, 2017, 05:04 Go to last post
  21. Getting an Official Transcript

    Started by rain, October 1st, 2014 07:32
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,906
    October 1st, 2014, 19:47 Go to last post
  22. Getting application reopened? (UK Applicant)

    Started by thatitguy, November 15th, 2015 03:14
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,147
    November 15th, 2015, 04:16 Go to last post
  23. Hair Dyes

    Started by tobio, September 16th, 2014 14:52
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 2,802
    September 26th, 2014, 08:48 Go to last post
  24. Happy to go in April - but no Certificate of Health ready

    Started by prazza, November 19th, 2014 02:32
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 937
    November 19th, 2014, 21:34 Go to last post
  25. Moved: Has the bubble burst for Japan?

    Started by starxrox, September 2nd, 2015 08:52
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  26. Have Any American Applicants Received Notification Yet?

    Started by Tara, January 5th, 2017 03:49
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 24
    • Views: 3,039
    January 13th, 2017, 08:18 Go to last post
  27. Have any SF Jets had to do mock lessons this year?

    Started by chronophile, February 2nd, 2017 14:56
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 856
    February 3rd, 2017, 15:56 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 4,403
    February 18th, 2016, 15:45 Go to last post
  28. How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    Started by starfish, January 22nd, 2015 06:40
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 86
    • Views: 16,031
    January 30th, 2015, 11:51 Go to last post
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 2,881
    March 2nd, 2016, 09:52 Go to last post
  29. How many transcripts are needed?

    Started by fryfry, October 26th, 2015 05:38
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,183
    October 27th, 2015, 11:33 Go to last post
  30. How much luggage to take with you when moving to Japan?

    Started by JPNLKatie, April 2nd, 2016 04:13
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 64
    • Views: 11,574
    June 9th, 2016, 18:12 Go to last post
  31. I thought I'd introduce myself

    Started by Kislingbury, November 6th, 2014 13:59
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 2,552
    November 10th, 2014, 14:23 Go to last post
  32. I'll possibly be 36 when I start JET - would that be too old?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 17:05
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 48
    • Views: 6,683
    February 5th, 2016, 16:02 Go to last post
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,226
    August 24th, 2016, 11:41 Go to last post
  33. Indicate change of location preference at interview?

    Started by Meow, January 20th, 2016 14:08
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,694
    January 21st, 2016, 08:29 Go to last post
  34. Ini has left the building. Permanently.

    Started by Beer Baron, April 12th, 2015 01:26
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 4,061
    August 20th, 2015, 15:14 Go to last post
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 2,216
    August 29th, 2016, 23:55 Go to last post
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,338
    June 23rd, 2016, 15:15 Go to last post
  35. International Banking/Bringing $

    Started by weepinbell, April 16th, 2015 03:31
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 105
    • Views: 21,696
    April 21st, 2015, 15:11 Go to last post
  36. Interview Advice/Prep?

    Started by weepinbell, January 13th, 2015 10:47
    23 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 23
    • Replies: 444
    • Views: 77,754
    February 8th, 2015, 05:36 Go to last post
  37. INTERVIEW LIST IS UP---Oh wait

    Started by naginataonthebrain, January 13th, 2015 05:08
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,377
    January 13th, 2015, 05:55 Go to last post
  38. Interview Locations for Those Living Abroad

    Started by Penguee, October 15th, 2014 11:04
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 2,160
    November 3rd, 2014, 20:09 Go to last post
  39. Interview results in Scotland

    Started by abscondita, April 1st, 2015 23:39
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 805
    April 1st, 2015, 23:39 Go to last post
  40. Moved: Irish application questions 2015

    Started by Murasaki Ookami, January 8th, 2015 11:18
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  41. Is a Driver's License a dealmaker/breaker?

    Started by mirai, August 29th, 2017 15:31
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 30
    • Views: 1,568
    September 5th, 2017, 14:27 Go to last post
  42. Is Interac worth going for?

    Started by firemarth, October 18th, 2014 14:37
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 76
    • Views: 7,890
    October 27th, 2014, 11:22 Go to last post
  43. Is it possible to survive a not-so-great/bad interview?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 13:36
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 14,527
    February 15th, 2016, 05:41 Go to last post
  44. Is it too late to say I'd be happy to go before July?

    Started by prazza, January 8th, 2015 08:24
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,319
    January 9th, 2015, 05:05 Go to last post
  45. Is JET something we should apply for?

    Started by microseism89, November 6th, 2015 13:10
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 2,239
    November 9th, 2015, 16:11 Go to last post

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