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Vulcanus in Europe - host a Japanese intern in R&D

For EU companies willing to host a Japanese intern in R&D.

Industrial placements in R&D for 8 months (6 months in France

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'Vulcanus in Europe' offers EU based companies the possibility to host a Japanese trainee in R&D.  A valuable addition to their workforce and a positive input in the development of their business with Japan.

The placement lasts 8 months, from August to March (except for France, where it lasts 6 months from late September onwards).

For the trainees, this is the experience of a lifetime: A full immersion in the European business culture and the opportunity to acquire a know-how in view of a future career in relation with Europe.



The programme takes place in Europe, where students stay for one year, from April to March. The Vulcanus year is structured in the following way:


Students attend a seminar in Brussels on European culture, industry and the EU 

Early April


Students attend an intensive language course, to gain a working knowledge of the language spoken in their future host company

From April to July (or to September, if the placement is scheduled in France)


Students do a placement at an industrial company located in the EU (6 or 8 months depending on  the country)

From early August 2020 (or late September if the placement takes place in France) --> to March 2021

All companies in the industrial sector within the EU are eligible (no need to have already established business contacts with Japan).(*)


Companies must be ready to integrate the trainee(s) into their team. (A major reason for Japanese students to apply is to acquire experience of working within a team and thereby gaining an understanding of European approaches to team-working, decision-making and cross-cultural issues).

(*) we recommend companies to host max 1 student (though it will be possible to host up to 2 students in some circumstances)  


Please download the application form, fill it in and submit by email attachment, at

Deadline: passed


     Academic background / personnality

  • Chosen from among Japan's best students
  • Level of studies: usually attending a postgraduate course. To apply, he/she must have completed at least the 3rd year undergraduate;
  • Faculty/discipline: engineering (mechanical, electrical, electronics, civil, nuclear, etc.) / architecture / biology, chemistry, biotechnology, physics / metal materials, ceramics / computer science, telecommunications / production systems....etc.;
  • Selected on the basis of the excellence of his/her academic background (academic record, opinion of his/her tutors);  
  • Selected on the basis of his/her personal background (motivation and ability to adapt.
  • Knowledge of your working language: Before the traineeship the student will attend a 15-week intensive course in the EU language spoken in your company. Moreover, the student already speaks English, when applying.
  • Knowledge of the European culture: before the traineeship, the student will attend a seminar on the European culture and Institutions.

     Your company chooses the trainee

  • You propose the contents of the traineeship. If suitable students are selected by the Centre, you will make the final decision as to which of them to accept.


The industrial placement lasts 8 months (from August 2019 to March of the following year).

    What the company pays

(See special information and exceptions on the right)

Special information & exceptions, based on current national laws (national laws may change, in that case you are expected to comply)

  • Contribution of € 6,600, to be paid to the EU-Japan Centre (Or directly to the student if requested by your national law).
  • National taxes & costs linked with wages, visas, work permits, if any (For UK: see more information on visa costs in the Vulcanus application form)
  • Further costs arising from applicable law in your Member State, if any

Germany: Companies must pay the student directly, the monthly national minimum wage, which exceeds 6,600 €

France: Companies must pay the student a direct payment of at lest € 825 per month (late September- late March)

Italy: Companies are requested to provide a direct monthly payment to the student/accommodation/ meals during working hours. Such costs for the company should not exceed 6600€. (The entity of the direct payemnt has to be agreed with the Centre, through the Vulcanus contract)

Belgium: Companies must pay the student directly, the monthly national minimum wage, which exceeds 6,600 €

       Grant received by the student

The Centre will give a grant to the student of about 11.500€,  to cover the travel and the accommodation costs.

(for students in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, who already receive a direct payment from the Company, the grant from the Centre will be of about 5.000€)



Prior to the trainee's arrival in Europe, i.e. four months before the traineeship begins, the company 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.


'Vulcanus in Europe' 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



Pedro Valente, Ph.D., Group Leader, R&D Modeling & PAT / Hovione (Portugal),
Vulcanus in Europe 2018/19 supervisor
"It was delightful for Hovione R&D to have the opportunity to participate in the Vulcanus program and to host Mr. Masahiro Nakai". Read more

Ronald Reuter, Manager Raw Materials and Chemical Laboratory - R&D / TMD Friction Services GmbH  (Germany),
Vulcanus in Europe 2018/19 supervisor
"We were hosting Ayano Michibata in our department from August 2018 until March 2019. It was already the second time for us to host Japanese students from the Vulcanus programme." Read more


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