Six students who are about to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree from CSU Monterey Bay’s Japanese Language and Culture program will head to Japan this summer to work in the prestigious JET program. 

'I get to live out my dream of working in Japan.'
– Salvador Nava

JET – the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program – hires students from 45 countries to provide language instruction to primary, middle and high school students and to work in local government offices. They translate and interpret for foreign officials and visitors and work on sister-city relations. The goal is to promote mutual understanding between Japan and other nations.

Run by that country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the JET program is highly competitive, especially in Central and Northern California.

'I can't wait to be an ambassador for the United States, and for CSUMB as well.'
– Chelsea Nagy

“According to a JET representative, only 33 percent of applicants get selected,” said Dr. Shigeko Sekine, associate professor in the School of World Languages and Cultures.

“In the Japanese Language and Culture program at CSUMB, we are fortunate to be able to send 66 percent or more of our applicants to the JET program every year.”

Their assignments will start in August. Their contracts are for one year, but can be renewed for up to five years.

Heading to Japan are Andrew Alviar, Adam Chantri, Chelsea Nagy, Ryan Kirkland, Salvador Nava and Chelsea Swick.

In addition, the Japanese National Honor Society has recognized 11 graduating seniors for outstanding achievement at the post-secondary level of Japanese studies.

They are: Alviar, Aleia Ando, Rose Buchberg, Chantri, Brian Gonzalez, Hannah Lozier, Nagy, Nava, Swick, Kristin Szabo and Yumiko Williams.

Six CSUMB students will head to Japan as part of the JET program

Headed to Japan are (left to right) Adam Chantri, Andrew Alviar, Ryan Kirkland, Chelsea Nagy, Salvador Nava and Chelsea Swick