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The Ultimate Job Placement Program for Teaching English in Japan

Are you looking to teach English in Asia but remain unsure about hassles like pushy recruiters, hard-to-understand contracts, and confusing visa paperwork?

Take the guesswork out of getting a great teaching job in Japan with this full-service TEFL job placement program, which guarantees job placement for all who qualify.  

From interviews and visa paperwork to in-depth cultural training, our program provides the end-to-end support & guidance you need to enjoy the experience of a lifetime teaching English in Japan.

Our TEFL Jobs Program in Japan provides the following:

  • Guaranteed 12-month job placement earning $1,400 to $1,600 USD per month on average. Those with teaching experience and/or teaching qualifications may earn up to $1,900 USD monthly.;
  • Flexibility of placements throughout the country in both public schools (positions open in spring & fall)  and at private English language schools (Eikawas - positions open year-round);
  • We do our best to match you with a school that most closely meets your preferences, but we cannot guarantee that your preferences can be met;
  • Placements available year-round;
  • Interview arrangements & coaching;
  • Hands-on visa & work permit support;
  • 40 hours of comprehensive Japanese cultural lessons, including multiple cultural excursions and 6 hours of Japanese language lessons;
  • Regular social meet-ups with fellow ESL teachers;
  • If you are not TEFL-certified, you can bundle one of ITA's award-winning TEFL courses with your teaching placement in Japan.
  • Once you've successfully completed your first school contract in Japan, you can join job placement programs for South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia free of charge.

Find the Right TEFL Job for You

ITA and our partners in Asia have more than a decade of experience helping thousands teach English in Japan and around Asia. With a network of more than 150+ vetted schools in Japan alone, we offer the flexibility to choose a teaching job that works best for you.

Competitive Salary and Benefits

Teaching jobs available through placement pay  $1,400 to $1,600 USD per month on average. Those with teaching experience and/or teaching qualifications may earn up to $1,900 USD monthly. All teachers typically receive 10 National Holidays and 5 vacation days as well.

Manageable Work Hours & Class Size

Your teaching job will consist of a 40-hour work week of which 20-30 hours will be spent teaching. Class sizes range from 20-30 students per class in public school positions with smaller class sizes of 5-15 at Eikewas (private language schools).

Hands-on Pre-departure Support

Receive one-on-one support for obtaining and processing all necessary paperwork for interviews, visas, and work permits.

24/7 In-country Support Throughout Your Placement

Dedicated in-country team to assist with everything from adjusting to your new job and cultural environment, 24-hour teacher hotline in case of an emergency, and day-to-day support for any help you may need during your teach abroad experience.


Who Should Take This Program?

This teaching abroad program in Japan is for you if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Citizen of the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
  • 21-40 years of age
  • Native English speaker
  • Clean criminal background check
  • Good mental and physical health
  • Minimum 120 hours accredited TEFL certification approved by ITA.

Not TEFL certified? We recommend  ITA’s Online TEFL Courses, and our in-person TEFL course in Nagoya, Japan. Here is a complete TEFL Course Index.

Perhaps you are...

  • Looking to get a guaranteed quality English teaching job in Japan without hassles;
  • Seeking the confidence of going abroad knowing you have an entire team of experts supporting you every step of your journey;
  • A college graduate looking to kick off your career with an international adventure that will boost your resume;
  • Looking for a career break that enables you to make a difference while getting paid to live & travel throughout Asia;
  • Looking to explore one of the richest cultures and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world;
  • Wanting to consume more sushi than humanly possible! 

What Does a "Guaranteed Placement" in Japan Entail?

Once accepted into this program, we will take care of every step of your job search process until you’ve accepted your dream job. Once you begin teaching, you will continue to enjoy access to personalized 24/7 support to address any issues you have in your teaching position. …

  • Personalized Support: Work one-on-one with our expert advisors to find you a placement customized to your preferences.
  • Personalized Job Placement Service: ITA and our partners in Asia have more than a decade of experience helping thousands teach English in Japan and around Asia. With a network of more than 150 vetted schools in Japan alone, we will strive to match you with a school that aligns with your personal preferences. (Note: preference matching is possible but is not guaranteed).
  • Hands-on Job Application Support:  Our team will help you create a highly competitive Teacher Profile, including a resume, cover letter, & introductory video tailored for the local teaching market.
  • No Need to Search for Teaching Jobs in Japan: We will promote you & match you with the schools matching your preferences. 
  • Full Interview Support: You'll get fully coached on the interview process once we match you with schools.
  • Contract Review: Once you've received one or more job offers, we'll review them to ensure they meet market-related requirements (salary, work hours, work days, responsibilities, work days, etc.) and answer any questions before you accept your offer.
  • Accept the Right Job For You:  If you don't receive a job offer from the school you interview with (which seldom happens) or are unhappy with a job offer, we will line up more interviews.


Teach Abroad in Japan Program with Job Placement infographic

Our Commitment to You

Job Security & Peace of Mind

  • Our Guarantee to You:  You will receive a teaching placement at a school in Japan that has been carefully vetted and is guided by your individual preferences. (Note that preferences cannot be guaranteed.)
  • Removing the Stress of Searching for a Job in a Foreign Country: You can have peace of mind knowing that we'll handle the job search process for you, from prepping your resume to reviewing contract offers, to ensure you receive a fair contract with the best possible salary and benefits.
  • The Best Working Conditions: We vet our schools carefully and ensure they are accountable for providing the best working conditions for our teachers. Otherwise, we won't work for them.
  • We Work for You! Unlike many recruiters and agencies, we don't receive a commission from the schools we work with, so we're 100% accountable to you and will advocate for you accordingly. 
  • Cultural Immersion: Through our culture and language training and excursions, you'll be able to quickly and more effectively assimilate to the cultural nuances of life in Japan - both at work and in your day-to-day personal life and travels.

  • Simplified Pre-arrival Logistics: Preparing to move to Japan to teach English can be lengthy and complex when it comes to the visa process, collecting and appostilling documents, and so on. We're here to guide and support you through this.

  • Post Placement Support:  Our team of experienced experts is on-hand 24/7, even after you begin your teaching job. You can count on our support to resolve any issues that arise after your placement.
Pre-Departure & In-Country Support

Pre-Departure Support

  • Hands-on guidance in collecting all the documents you will need for your visa and work permit, including:

- Bachelor’s degree
- Academic transcripts
- Criminal background check

  • Packing and budget guide
  • A dedicated staff member will provide one-on-one support and answer all of your questions as you prepare to move to Japan.

In-Country Support

  • Airport pickup
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Welcome dinner
  • Cultural orientation, excursions, and language lessons
  • 24-hour emergency in-country support team and hotline
  • In-country team on call to assist with managing issues like culture shock & homesickness, 
  • Regular social meetup events with fellow teachers in your town and surrounding areas.
Job Placement Process & Timeline

Job Placement Process & Timeline

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Online & In-Country TEFL Certification Options

Online & In-Country TEFL Certification

An accredited TEFL certification is required to participate in this placement program. 

If you still need to be TEFL certified, ITA offers award-winning TEFL classes that will best prepare you for success in teaching English in Japan. We strongly recommend these options for participating in this Teach English in Japan Program.

Hot Tip! Save up to $400 when you bundle and sign up for your TEFL class and Teach English in Japan Program!

ITA Online TEFL Course Options

  • 4-Week Full-Time & 11-Week Part-Time options
  • Study From Home or From Anywhere
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Accreditation From TQUK
  • University-Level Instructors
  • 10 to 20 Hours of Live Practice Teaching
  • Most cost-effective option - Payment Plan Options Available
  • Hot tip! If you're looking to get certified while working or going to school, the 11-week part-time choice is ideal!

Check out Your Online Course Options here!

In-person Course in Nagoya, Japan

  • 4-Week intensive course in Japan
  • Internationally accredited & taught by highly experienced instructors
  • Get acclimated to Japan, see the country & make some friends before your teaching placement.

Learn more bout the Nagoya, Japan TEFL Course here!

Are you already TEFL certified?

If you hold an internationally accredited TEFL certification which is at least 120 hours through one of our approved TEFL providers, you will qualify for our TEFL Jobs Programs in Japan. Please note that ITA’s alumni network and lifetime job search guidance are only available to graduates of our online and in-person TEFL courses.


Cultural Orientation Program

Cultural Orientation

To help you get the most out of your experience in Japan, both in and out of the classroom, we provide 40 hours of online training, including Japanese culture, society, history, politics, and language before you leave home. Within 1-2 months of starting your placement, you will be able to join a variety of cultural activities & excursions hosted over a weekend in Nagoya with fellow new teachers (Note: If you are completing the Onsite TEFL Course in Nagoya, Japan before joining this placement program, the cultural orientation and excursions will be provided in-person at the beginning of your Nagoya TEFL Course)  

Cultural excursions & activities include:

Nagoya Castle: Famous ancient castle and home of one of the largest in Japan from the ancient period and at the time was one of the most important castles in Japan. 

Japanese Cooking Class: Learn how to make traditional skewered Yakitori Chicken and/or sushi. Participants will partake in amazing Japanese fare with our unique cooking class.

Walking Tour of Nagoya: We take participants on a guided tour of downtown Nagoya, including parks, viewpoints, and even an anime shopping center!

The Tokugawa Art Museum: On our trip to the Tokugawa Art Museum, participants can learn about the ancient Samurai history and the art of tea consumption during the empires of yesteryear. The Museum is also based around a beautiful park that participants can explore.

Alumni Community & Network

Extended Social Network & Alumni Community

International TEFL Academy does everything we can to ensure you have access to the support you need and opportunities to meet others like yourself who are going through the adventure of living and teaching English in Japan.

  • Full-time access to our support team who can assist in managing issues like homesickness & culture shock,
  • Regular social events & meet-ups for English teachers in your area of Japan,
  • Group excursions and meals during your orientation,
  • Remember! Your placement will be based on your preferences, so if you feel more comfortable teaching in a school or a location where there are more other English teachers, we will accommodate you!

ITA Alumni Community

Note: This feature is only available to those who enroll in one of ITA’s online or in-person courses.

Those who take their TEFL certification course through International TEFL Academy can take advantage of ITA's worldwide alumni network of 40,000+ graduates teaching English in 80 countries.

  • Join up to 100 exclusive Facebook groups - including one just for Japan! - where you can network, meet folks, share job tips, and more.
  • Virtual and in-person meet-ups are arranged in select locations worldwide.
  • Expand your knowledge by tuning into exclusive webinars, panel discussions and podcasts.
  • Make extra $$$ participating in ITA's alumni referral program.
  • Tell your story - we publish hundreds of alumni videos, articles, and Q&As on our website.
Lifetime Job Search Guidance

Lifetime Job Search Guidance

Note: This feature is only available to those who enroll in one of ITA’s online or in-person courses.

Not only will we guarantee you a job in Japan, but you will also receive access to ITA’s exclusive Student Affairs team to provide you with:

  • Personal Support from an experienced Job Search Advisor. We have a full-time Student Affairs department whose sole purpose is to help you find the best TEFL job for you in 80+ countries;
  • Access to a worldwide school directory of over 20,000 schools;
  • Access to ITA's exclusive 400-page job search manual;
  • Access to regular webinars on the job process;
  • Referrals to preferred recruiters, placement agencies, language schools, and online teaching companies.

Whether you take your TEFL course through ITA or another organization,  you can join Job Placement Programs free of charge for South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia once you've successfully completed your first school contract and on the condition that you meet the eligibility requirements for the desired country/program.

Pricing, Dates & Enrollment

Before enrolling in any International TEFL Academy program, we recommend that you speak with an advisor who will answer your questions; review your employment prospects for teaching English abroad; and assist you with the enrollment process.

We require that you enroll in your Job Placement Program at least six months in advance of your anticipated start date for the smoothest pre-arrival experience. Public school start dates are limited to March and September and can entail a longer placement process. We also invite you to read our registration procedure and terms & conditions. Note that all students will be charged a small processing fee per course/program purchased.

You need to be TEFL certified to enroll in this Job Placement Program. We recommend  ITA’s Online TEFL Courses and our in-person TEFL course in Nagoya, Japan. Here is a complete TEFL Course Index.

BUNDLE & SAVE: Get $400 OFF your guaranteed job placement if you bundle with a standard TEFL course

The International TEFL Academy Approach to TEFL Job Placement

At International TEFL Academy, we are dedicated to working with you on a highly personalized basis to guarantee that you enjoy the experience of a lifetime teaching English abroad through our exclusive programs. 

Trusted Network of 2,500 Schools

We work with more than 2,500 schools across Asia, ensuring that we can offer you a wide variety of opportunities and options. We have thoroughly vetted all schools to ensure they provide the best work environment where you will teach. 

Choose the Right TEFL Experience for You

We owe it to you to provide an experience that meets your expectations. That's why we will place you only in a teaching position that matches your preferences as closely as possible. You will not pay for a job you don't want.

Accountability to You 

Unlike many recruiters, schools do not pay us, so we have no conflict of interest. You are our customer, and our primary focus is your satisfaction. We will advocate to ensure you enjoy the best possible salary & benefits and will work on your behalf to address any problems or issues.

End-to-End Personalized Support

From pre-departure preparations like document collection through the placement & interview process and even after you begin your English teaching job, our experienced team provides personalized guidance to help you every step of the way. 

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Sarah Kalert, Head of Academics at International TEFL Academy.
Sarah has a Master's in English - TEFL/TESL and has taught English abroad in Chile.

How much will I earn as an English teacher in Japan under this placement program?

Most teaching jobs available in Japan through this placement program pay $1,400 to $1,600 USD per month. Those with teaching experience and/or teaching qualifications may earn up to $1,900 USD monthly.

Your savings potential generally depends on your lifestyle. Matters like where you shop, how much you eat out, how frequently you travel, and how often you go out with friends will have a big impact on your savings potential. On average, you can expect to save about $2,500 and possibly up to $5,000 USD over a year of teaching. This will depend on your position, your experience, and your lifestyle when it comes to spending.

What are the requirements to participate in this program? 

The requirements to participate in our Teaching Abroad Program in Japan with Job Placement are:

  • Bachelor’s degree (in any field)
  • Citizenship from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
  • 21-40 years of age
  • Native English speaker
  • Good mental & physical health
  • Clean criminal background check
  • Minimum 120 hours accredited TEFL certification approved by ITA.

Do you really guarantee me an English teaching job in Japan?!

YES! If you meet the eligibility criteria and register for the job placement program, we will guarantee you an ESL teaching position in Japan. With 150+ carefully vetted schools in our network and demand for native-speaking English teachers at an all-time high, we not only guarantee you a job, but we will place you in a position that meets your preferences in terms of location, type of school, and other variables.

How will I find a place to live in Japan?

Our in-country team will assist you in finding suitable accommodation when you head to your school placement in Japan. Some schools also have apartments for their teachers to live in.

You can typically expect to stay in a single-occupancy studio apartment. Rent typically runs from $350 to $550 USD per month depending on where you’re placed in Japan (rents in major cities like Tokyo are often higher).

Accommodation for English teachers in Japan is typically a studio apartment or a shared apartment or house. It generally consists of a double bed, TV, bathroom with shower, kitchen, desk, and some living space. Many teachers prefer a shared apartment or house as it is the most affordable option and provides the opportunity to make new friends.

Can I be placed with my spouse or friend? 

While we place spouses and friends together in other applicable countries within the Job Placement Program offering, we, unfortunately, can't guarantee this for Japan due to the nature of the hiring process with local schools. If you're enrolling with your significant other or a friend, it's best to be prepared not to be placed in the same town in Japan. The good news is that the local bullet trains make travel between towns and cities super easy and a quicker-than-normal commute.

What is the difference between Job Placement & Job Search Guidance?

ITA's Job Search Guidance comes included with your TEFL course. It is a service designed to provide you with the resources you need to get a great TEFL job, including personalized assistance. It does not place TEFL certified English teachers into specific jobs. For an additional fee, ITA's job placement programs provide a guaranteed English teaching job and salary range in Thailand, South Korea, or Japan.

Read more: Job Placement vs Job Search Guidance: What's the Difference?

Teaching Abroad Program Comparisons


What's included 👇

  • Guaranteed English teaching job placement in Japan
  • We will do our best to match you with jobs that meet your preferences
  • 150+ vetted school network 
  • Excellent salaries with the ability to save $2,500-a-year
  • End-to-end pre-departure and job placement support
  • 24/7 Access to expert support during placement
  • 40 Hours of cultural training with Japanese language lessons & excursions


What is included 👇

  • Guaranteed English teaching job placement 
  • We will do our best to match you with jobs that meet your preferences
  • 1500+ vetted school network 
  • Excellent salaries with the ability to save $250 monthly
  • End-to-end pre-departure and job placement support
  • 24/7 Access to expert support during placement
  • 40 Hours of Thai cultural training with language lessons & excursions

South Korea

What's included 👇

  • Guaranteed English teaching job placement in Korea
  • We will do our best to match you with jobs that meet your preferences
  • 500+ vetted school network 
  • Excellent salaries with the ability to save up to $10,000+ annually
  • $1,000 airfare voucher + free apartment
  • End-to-end pre-departure and job placement guidance
  • 24/7 Access to expert support during placement in Korea
  • 40 Hours of cultural training with Korean language lessons & excursions