Vulcanus in Japan

A training programme for EU students

We particularly encourage students from the following under-represented countries to apply:

  • Croatia - Bulgaria -Malta - Slovenia
  • Ireland - Luxembourg - Denmark - Estonia

 Testimonials former participants


 

"My year spent in Japan has without a doubt been the most exciting experience of my life so far. ‘Vulcanus’ is truly an unbeatable opportunity to work in a top Japanese company, while learning Japanese and experiencing Japan's diverse culture and its amazing natural wonders. The programme enables you to not only make giant leaps forward in terms of personal growth, but also obliges you to quickly acquire new professional qualities and skills that will definitely come in handy for your future professional career. For all the aforementioned reasons, for all the precious moments shared with the inspiring people that I met, for the excellent Japanese language courses at Naganuma School, for all the professional skills I acquired and for countless other reasons, I am so immensely grateful to have had the privilege and honour to participate in this amazing ‘Vulcanus in Japan’ programme."
Hoang Duy Nguyen (BE)
trainee at NTT, VJ2013-14

 

"a) Japan is a place of endless fascination with a startlingly impressive culture.
b) Vulcanus is an advantageous programme, full of experiences and surprises both in the personal and professional sphere.
a+b = The perfect combination for an unforgettable year for a young researcher or student. Being a participant in this programme, I gained invaluable experiences, beautiful memories and very good friends. But more importantly, I was taught and learned a lot of things from kind and modest people in daily life and from world-leading researchers in NTT. The last year for me has been a big step forward in many aspects of my life and I am very thankful for that."
Maria Anagnosti (GR)
trainee at NTT BRL, VJ2011-12

 

 

What is it?

Vulcanus in Japan started in 1997. The programme consists of industrial placements for EU students. It starts in September and ends in August of the following year in order to accommodate the academic year in EU Member States.

The students follow:

  • a one-week seminar on Japan,
  • a four-month intensive Japanese language course,
  • and then an eight-month traineeship in a Japanese company.

Objectives

  • To study the range of advanced technologies employed by a leading Japanese host company.
  • To learn Japanese and to understand and appreciate Japanese culture with a view to an enriching one year experience abroad.
  • To be well placed in your future career to interact with Japanese businesses and people.

Who pays what

This programme is financed by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and the Japanese host company. The European students are awarded a grant (Yen 1.900.000) to cover the cost of travel to and from Japan and living expenses in Japan. There is no charge for the language course and seminar, and accommodation is provided free of charge during the course and seminar and the company traineeship.

Are you eligible?

You must be:

  • an EU citizen
  • a student of engineering or science at an EU University, enrolled in at least the fourth year of studies, when applying to the Vulcanus programme*.
  • able to provide a certificate of enrollment at the university valid until at least 3 months prior to the starting of the programme

* Computer science, science engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical, electronics, biotechnology, electrical engineering, physics, telecommunication, nuclear engineering, civil engineering, metal materials, ceramics, production system,…

Selection criteria

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic record and the opinion of their tutors, their knowledge of written and spoken English, their motivation, their attitude to EU-Japan relations and their ability to adapt to a different culture.

How to apply

Deadline to apply: 20 January

Documents to submit: see list in the first page of the application form.

Application form and relevant documents are uploaded every year in November.

Should you consult this webpage from February to October, please take a look at the OLD application form, that you can find online ONLY FOR CONSULTATION.

Are you a European university? : 

As a university, you may submit applications of several students enrolled in your establishment, who wish to take part in this programme.

Applications must be sent by post.

Each application must include all the documents listed in the 1st page of the application form (we cannot accept documents sent separately). The application form must be duly filled in, and signed. Should this not be the case, the application will be automatically rejected.