Post-Graduate Opportunities

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

Upcoming information session: The Japan Information Center will be holding a JET Program Information Session on Saturday, October 13th, from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM in downtown Chicago (737 N. Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor – please note the entrance to the building is on Chicago Avenue). JET Program Staff and Alumni will be on hand to discuss living and working in Japan as a JET and how to be a successful applicant. The Information Session is open to anyone, and no registration is needed. For more information, please see the official Facebook event:

About the JET Program:

The JET Program is an employment opportunity allowing young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in schools; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators.

To be eligible for the JET program, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen by the application deadline
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree by the designated date prior to departure
  • Be able to adapt to living and working conditions in Japan
  • Have excellent standard pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation in the English language
  • Be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival
  • Be both mentally and physically healthy
  • Have not previously participated in the JET Program for three years as of the year of departure, have not participated in the program for more than five years total, and have not declined a JET Program position in the last year
  • Not have lived in Japan for a total of six or more years in the past ten years prior to departure
  • ALT applicants: must be interested in the Japanese education system and working actively with children; must already have qualifications as language teachers or be strongly motivated to learn about the teaching of English as a foreign language
  • CIR applicants: must have a strong, functional command of the Japanese language (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N1 or N2)

China Fellow Internship: East China Normal University

Each year St Olaf recruits two graduating seniors as “China Fellow Interns” to serve as college-level English instructors for East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, our long-standing sister school for three decades and one of the “key” prestigious research universities in China. The fellowship lasts the whole academic year–Fall 2018 (the end of August) until Spring 2019 (the end of June).

Online application with more information is available here

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Application includes a most recent official transcript (PDF), two reference contacts, a personal essay (describing your career goal and how this fellowship is relevant), as well as other personal/academic information.

If you are interested in this teaching opportunity to work and explore one of the most dynamic cities in Asia/China upon your graduation, you can also contact Prof. Ying Zhou and Prof. Ka Wong for more information.


Fulbright Scholar Program

Study/Research Awards:

Fulbright Study/Research Awards allow U.S. citizens to design their own projects and work with advisers at foreign universities and institutes of higher education. Fulbright awards are available in approximately 140 countries; each has its own program requirements, so an applicant’s first step is to familiarize themself with the program summary for the desired country.

Fulbright Study/Research Awards in China

Fulbright Study/Research Awards in Japan

English Teaching Assistant Awards:

English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards place Fulbright grantees in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs teach English while serving as cultural ambassadors to the US. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. ETA positions are available in the following Asian countries:

India Macau Tajikistan
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand
Kazakhstan Mongolia Vietnam
Korea Nepal
Kyrgyzstan Sri Lanka
Laos Taiwan
Critical Language Enhancement Awards:

The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) provides an opportunity for Fulbright grantees to receive three to six months of intensive language study in conjunction with their Fulbright grant. CLEAs cultivate higher levels of language proficiency prior to and during the grant period and beyond, promoting the Fulbright Program’s goals of cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.

Eligible countries include:

China India Jordan Russia
Egypt Indonesia Morocco

Eligible languages include:

Arabic (all dialects) Hindi
Bahasa Indonesia Marathi
Bangla/Bengali Punjabi
Mandarin Chinese Russian
Gujarati Urdu


Applications for Fulbright fellowships are due in October of each year; however, St. Olaf has an internal deadline students must follow. For more information about applying for Fulbright awards, click here.