Gaba Teach English in Japan Program

Interested in spending time in Japan? Want to teach English to motivated English language learners? Unlike many other fellowships or internships, the Gaba Teach English in Japan program is a professional position for teaching 1-on-1 English in Japan to adult learners. Candidates apply and are hired for yearlong, paid teaching positions. For international (non-Japanese) applicants, Gaba offers a visa sponsorship program to Japan.

Gaba provides a set of thorough certifications, so prior teaching experience and accreditation are not strict requirements to apply. However, one or both is preferable to neither.

Application Deadline: Rolling


  • Must have a fluent command of English (both spoken and written)
  • Must commit to at least one full six-month contract term
  • Must be available to attend three-day Initial Certification in full
  • Must be proficient in using a computer
  • (Preferred) A university degree
  • (Preferred) CELTA, TEFL, or TESOL certification
  • (Preferred) Prior ESL/EFL teaching experience
  • (Preferred) Experience working in a corporate setting
  • (Preferred) Availability during peak hours of operation

For applicants seeking Gaba visa sponsorship, Gaba can provide a Specialist in Humanities/International Services visa to Japan which typically has a duration of one year for first-time holders. Eligibility for that program requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree (or above) from an accredited university where English was the medium of instruction OR three years of verifiable full-time ESL teaching experience
  • Newly sponsored instructors are expected to teach with Gaba for two full contract terms (i.e. 12 months)
  • Meeting the minimum earning requirements of 250,000 yen per month
  • Showing proof of enrollment in Japan's National Health Insurance at time of contract signing (a federal law of Japan that every resident be signed up for their national universal healthcare)
Year at Time of Application: 
Junior, Senior or Beyond, Grad Student, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Non-U.S. Citizen, International Experience, Teaching (including English abroad)
Direct Submission
Area of Interest: 
Agricultural Sciences, Architecture, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Humanities, Information Technology and Computer Science, International Relations Political Science and Law, Mathematics, Music, Nursing and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics, Visual and Performing Arts
Earliest Application Deadline: 
Jan. – April, May – Aug., Sept. – Dec.
Penn-State Sponsored: 
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