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Created by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in 1997, the Vulcanus in Japan programme offers industrial placements for EU students consisting of a one-week seminar on Japan, a four-month intensive Japanese language course followed by an eight-month traineeship in a Japanese company.
Can you apply?
To be eligible you need to be a citizen from an EU country and be at least in your third year of an engineering or science degree at an EU University. This can be in the field of computer science, science engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, electronics, biotechnology, electrical engineering, physics, telecommunication, information, nuclear engineering, civil engineering, metal materials, ceramics, production systems, etc.
The programme starts in September and ends in August of the following year and aims to improve and stimulate industrial co-operation and better mutual understanding between Japan and the EU. Keep in mind that if you are obliged to do a placement year, Vulcanus can be recognised as a part of your course or as a year off.
How to apply?
You just need to send your application and wait to be selected! You will be evaluated on the basis of your academic record, recommendations by your teachers, your knowledge of English, your motivation, your attitude to EU-Japan relations and your ability to adapt to a different culture.
If you are worried about how you will be able to afford all of this, there is some help offered. The programme is financed by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and the Japanese host companies. You will receive a 2,000,000‑yen grant to cover your travel costs. The language course and seminar are free, and you will be provided accommodation during the whole period.