Vulcanus in Europe

Session: 2015 - 2016
Application deadline: 30.09.2014
Application deadline: 30.09.2014
Application form:
Programme schedule:
Map of participants in Europe:

Are you a European company willing to host a Japanese trainee?
This programme is for you!


NEXT CALL (Session 2015-2016):
Industrial placement: from August 2015 for 8 months
Deadline to apply: 30 September 2014



  Hájek Tomáš                             IDIADA CZ (Czech Republic)          Vulcanus Company since 2013

"IDIADA CZ" really appreciates participating in the Vulcanus Programme. Because of the good organisation of the programme and excellent communication, all our expectations were fulfilled. Hiroshi (our Japanese trainee) participated in an internal research project. We used his open minded attitude to work on creating a new methodology for the simulation of clips on plastic parts. Of course it was interesting for our team to work with a colleague from a different culture. It was a new experience for us and we are confident that it was also interesting for him to experience our culture.  As we are company with Japanese customers, we definitely see Hiroshi as a potential future employee in case he decides to join us."



  Nithin Sreeprakash                        ZF Friedrichshafen (Germany)    Vulcanus Company since 2006

"ZF Friedrichshafen AG has been hosting VULCANUS students for a couple of years now. 2013, however, was the first time I personally had the opportunity to supervise a VULCANUS student. My colleagues and I were very pleased with the sincerity and hard work put in by the student during the internship, as well as the skill level of the student. His efforts formed a significant contribution to our internal project.

The programme with its 1 year schedule, including the 8-month internship, gives the student the time to understand the tasks at hand, and us –as a host company- the time to guide them and broaden their technical expertise in order to help them achieve their targets. The student also gains rich experience with a European company.

In today’s global economy, this programme provides the students with valuable experience in an international company and adds to the cultural diversity in the workforce of the host company. We are definitely looking forward to our next VULCANUS interns!"

__________________________________________________________________________ Programme Objective

Through the Vulcanus in Europe programme you can offer a Japanese student an 8-month traineeship within your company, providing you with a valuable addition to your workforce and the trainee with the experience of a lifetime. The Vulcanus in Europe programme has the following objectives:

  • To provide EU companies with skilled Japanese students as trainees to help them in the development of their business with Japan;
  • To familiarise a pool of future Japanese executives with Europe's business culture, its economic structure and its institutions, so that they will be well-placed to help their future employers in their business relations with Europe.


The programme was launched in 1996 on the initiative of the European Commission and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) with the purpose of contributing to the improvement and stimulation of industrial cooperation and of improving mutual understanding between Japan and the European Union. The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is responsible for the actual organisation of the programme.

Who is your trainee?

  • Your trainee is chosen from among Japan's best students, either in the third or fourth year of their undergraduate studies or following a postgraduate course in one of the following disciplines: engineering (mechanical, electrical, electronics, civil, nuclear, etc.) / architecture / biology, chemistry, biotechnology, physics / metal materials, ceramics / computer science, telecommunications / production systems....
  • The students are selected on the basis of your needs.
  • The student's academic record, the opinion of his/her tutors and the student's motivation and ability to adapt are all factors which are taken into consideration in his/her selection. Your company will propose the contents of the traineeship. Should suitable students apply and be selected by the Centre, you will make the final decision as to which of them to accept.
  • Before the start of the traineeship the EU-Japan Centre will arrange and fund a 16-week intensive course in the language spoken in your company, giving him/her a working knowledge of the language you have chosen.
  • Your trainee will already be generally familiar with European culture, industry and the EU. The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will organise and fund a seminar in Brussels for this purpose, immediately after the trainee's arrival in Europe.


All EU companies in the industrial sector within the EU are eligible to apply for the Vulcanus in Europe programme, whether or not established business contacts with Japan already exist.

Length, timing and costs of traineeship

You will receive a Japanese student as a trainee for a period of eight months (August 2015 to March 2016).

Your company will be responsible for covering the following costs:

  • a contribution of € 6,600, to be paid to the EU-Japan Centre.
  • national taxes & costs linked with wages, visas, work permits, if applicable (*)

Laws on issues such as visas and social security contribution within the EU are set at national level. Vulcanus is normally exempt from social security contributions. Nonetheless your company will be liable for any further costs arising from applicable law in the Member State in question. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or assistance.

(*) For Companies based in the UK: see more information on visa costs in the information flyer in English and in the Vulcanus application form.

The Centre will give a grant to the student, to cover the travel and the accommodation costs.

Traineeship contract

Prior to the trainee's arrival in Europe, i.e. four months before the traineeship begins, you will sign a traineeship contract with the trainee and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, which lays down the rights and the responsibilities of all parties.

Margherita Rosada
Vulcanus Manager
Tel: +32 (0)2 282 37 15
Fax: +32 (0)2 282 00 45