2. After my winter semester ends in April (2012), I need to take one more course in the summer semester (May-June) in order to complete my degree. Im not sure if I technically will receive my bachelors degree (in my hands per se) by July, however I will have successfully completed my requirements for a bachelors degree. Does JET need me to be finished my bachelors degree by July or do they want a physical copy of it by July?
merkypie wrote:Oh, thanks so much for this thread!! I don't have important questions at the moment -- its more nerves than anything -- but dannyblaccala at the old 2012 thread asked this question. I wasn't sure if we gave the "correct" answer:2. After my winter semester ends in April (2012), I need to take one more course in the summer semester (May-June) in order to complete my degree. Im not sure if I technically will receive my bachelors degree (in my hands per se) by July, however I will have successfully completed my requirements for a bachelors degree. Does JET need me to be finished my bachelors degree by July or do they want a physical copy of it by July?
Teishou wrote:I've been living in Utah for a while, but am not a resident. You apply with the consulate of the state you are a *resident* for, correct? Why is that exactly, as opposed to just the nearest one?
DowneasterJC wrote:Hi guys,
I'm planning on applying for JET (in the US) once applications become available, but I was just wondering if there was anything I can go ahead and get a head start on before the application process starts, in order to get my application in as early as possible? I'm already working on my SoP, and as soon as the semester starts in a couple of weeks I plan on asking some professors if they would be willing to write a reference letter, but is that all I can do beforehand?
Also, another question I've been worrying about but that isn't really going to affect my decision to apply:
I know that the official stance is "no experience is required", but how important is it to have some sort of international and/or teaching experience? I hear that the program is very competitive, so I'm just curious as to how much my lack of teaching experience would hurt my application points. I do have some teaching experience and some international experience in Kenya, but that's about the bulk of it. Plus, my teaching/tutoring experience was mostly "off-the books", as it mostly occurred while my Japanese tutor was busy and had a lot of 101 students in. I would help them with some of their questions while I was waiting for my turn, but it was by no means anything official.
Then again, I'm probably blowing the problem out of proportion as I'm a former pre-med student, so when I hear "this program is competitive", I immediately imagine the cutthroat medical school application process.
Another question that just came up:
Would it be alright if one of my reference letters was written by a GTA instead of an actual professor? I ask because my Japanese tutor is a GTA, and I think he really knows and understands my interest in and desire to learn more about Japanese culture. Would that be acceptable, or would it be "unprofessional" to have someone who's just a teaching assistant write one?
DowneasterJC wrote: This may be a little much, but what would you say are the biggest reasons that applicants are turned away before the interview phase? Outside of things like not meeting basic age or academic requirements, improper applications, etc.
James K wrote:First off, thanks for all of the contributions and insight on this thread as well as in the past.
Are there any anticipated changes to the application documentation for 2012 or does it all remains pretty standard from year to year? I've read here that it's best to wait at least a week after the applications are open to allow any of the kinks to be ironed out, does anyone have any advice on when to start getting the documentation together?
Terin317 wrote:Thanks for the info in this thread
EDIT: Erased initial question. Nevermind, I think this is the info sheet I was looking for: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/2011J ... mation.pdf Hope others find it helpful.
Here's a question: I will include my bachelor's degree in the application, but I will be receiving my master's degree in December of this year. Should I throw in the proof of expected graduation date for the master's INSTEAD of the showing my bachelor's, or perhaps include both? Or just leave it at the bachelor's and let my transscript and letter of rec from my professor explain that I'll have obtained my master's by the end of the year?
kawaiijutsu wrote:I'd say go ahead and toss in the proof of graduation, if you can get it. In reality though, if you can't, you should be fine. What they care about is that you have a Bachelors, and your transcript and stuff will show your work for your masters. I assure you that if you interview, they will ask you about your masters degree lol
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