2021 Application Cycle Important Note: Application deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021.  

Because of ongoing COVID concerns, applications must be mailed and not dropped in person at the OIE.   

  • Off campus and international applicants; Mail a complete application package to 
900 State Street OIE
Salem, OR 97301
  • On campus students can utilize WU’s campus mail.  Address the package as directed above but take it in person to the WU mail center and ask for it to be “campus mailed” to the OIE.  No stamps required.

Incomplete application packets will not be forwarded for consideration to Kawagoe.

Kawagoe, Japan is the sister city to Salem, Oregon. It is the home to Tokyo International University, the partner university of Willamette University. Many people are familiar with the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program, but there is also a KET program that is based in Kawagoe and that welcomes WU graduates to apply to work as Assistant English Teachers.  The contract year for the KET program is August 1st to July 31st. This year the City of Kawagoe Education Center is planning to hire one (1) assistant English teacher (AET). To qualify, you must be a graduating student from any university by May 2021. WU graduates who graduated in prior years are eligible to apply.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Office of International Education DOES NOT hire persons selected for the KET Program.  It is also possible the terms of the position may differ from what is here so all applicants are encouraged to carefully review all contract materials provided by Kawagoe and clarify any questions with the Kawagoe Education Center directly BEFORE agreeing to employment. WU is coordinating the application materials for the Kawagoe Education Center as a courtesy to them and to WU students who want to apply. Following the WU deadline, materials will be forwarded to Kawagoe for review and selection. Applicants will be notified (typically no later than early May) by the Kawagoe Education Center of the results of their application.

BEFORE APPLYING, please download and read the following documents. You should only apply if you agree with all of the general conditions outlined in these documents.  If hired, be sure to review all materials from Kawagoe since they can vary slightly from those listed on this site.

  1. KET application guidelines [English] [Japanese]
  2. Notice of conditions of service [English] [Japanese]
  3. List of Leave Programs for Fiscal Year Appointees [English] [Japanese]

To apply, please mail the following as one application packet (in one envelope) to the Office of International Education:

  1. Application form (click here to download)
  2. 6 photographs (passport size, formal/professional photos) taken within the past 6 months (attach to the application form in an envelope)
  3. Self-Assessment Medical Report (last page of the application)
  4. Letter of Reference (1 letter is required)
  5. Transcript(s): An unofficial Willamette transcript will be accepted for the purposes of the application. An official transcript will be required before hiring, if you are selected. Current Willamette students can print an unofficial transcript in SAGE. Former WU graduates without access to SAGE should contact oieadvising@willamette.edu for instructions on providing the unofficial transcript. Official transcripts required from all previous college/universities where you have earned credit.
  6. Certificate of graduation from college or university. If you have not already graduated, you must submit a letter from the registrar's office confirming your expected date of graduation.

Remember the deadline to submit materials is Wednesday, February 26, 2021 to the Office of International Education:  900 State Street OIE, ATTN:  KET Program/OIE, Salem, OR 97301.

** If you are currently abroad, Kawagoe requests that you continue to mail to the OIE.  The materials must be received by the deadline. **

A helpful guide to Kawagoe was created by students in the School of Language Communication (SLC) at Tokyo International University in Japan. You can link to it here.

Questions? Email oieadvising@willamette.edu.  Be sure to indicate “KET Program” in the subject line of your email.

Willamette University

Office of International Education

Global Learning Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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