Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

JLPT is an internationally recognized test of Japanese proficiency which many employers acknowledge. Tests are administered twice a year worldwide (in July and December), but only in December in the U.S. The closest test location to Bates is Boston (MIT). For 2017 test (administered on December 3, 2017), online registration opens on August 28, 2017 and closes on September, 2017. 2017 Guide is found on the link above.

Internship (recently participated by Bates students)


Job Fairs
  • Boston Career Forum is the largest career forum for bilinguals in Japanese and English, annually in November. Participating students are encouraged to make appointments for interviews in advance, and to practice interviews in English and in Japanese. This year it is held on November 17-19, 2017.
  • US Career Fair 2017 is held in San Francisco on October 14 and 15, hosted by Top Career International. Check out Top Career’s website for future career fairs.


JET (The Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program

Official U.S. website
Majority of JET participants teach English in elementary, junior high, and/or high schools as ALT (Assistant Language Teacher). There are also positions for Coordinator for International Relation (CIR) who engage in internationalization, translation, and interpretation at local offices.
See this page for 2016 application information and past participants. Application information becomes available in October, and the deadline is November.


Princeton in Asia

has a few teaching assistant fellowships in Japan. Application for the 2018-19 fellowship closes on November 9th, 2017.


Fulbright U.S. Study/Research Awards to Japan

has five Study/Research Awards for graduating seniors for 2018-19 that combines further language study and independent research, placed at a local university outside of Tokyo. Two years of language study is required. Fields of study in Japan Studies, Pacific Rim Relations, Critical Issues of Contemporary Society, Transnational Issues of Global Society, or Education. in teaching assistant fellowships in Japan. There are no English Teaching Assistant Awards sent to Japan. For 2018-19 awards, online application closes on October 6th, 2017.

Other opportunities in Japan


Alumni Profiles can be found on Keiko Ofuji’s website under the section “Former Students & TAs”