Financed by the European Commission-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and the Japanese host company,  the Vulcanus in Japan programme provides industrial placements to EU / COSME  (Competitiveness for Small and Medium Enterprises) student-engineers from the European Union. Students have the opportunity to carry out part of their training and do an internship in a Japanese industrial company. Apply by Monday, January 20th, 2022!

The entire programme takes place in Japan. From September to August, enrolled students attend a seminar on Japan, four months of intensive Japanese language courses and eight months of internship in a Japanese industrial company.


  • Study the range of advanced technologies employed by a large Japanese host company
  • To learn Japanese, understand and appreciate Japanese culture for an enriching one-year experience abroad
  • To enable students to prepare for their future careers and interact with Japanese companies and people
Eligibility criteria

You must be :

  • a citizen of an EU Member State or a COSME country *.
  • an engineering or science student ** in an EU / COSME university, enrolled – at the time of application – between the 4th official year of university studies (3 undergraduate + 1) and the penultimate year of the PhD.
  • be able to provide a certificate of registration at the university valid at least until 3 months before the start of the programme

(*) Non EU ? See here for the status of your country.

Selection process

Candidates are pre-selected on the basis of their academic record and the views of their tutors, their knowledge of written and spoken English, their motivation, their attitude towards EU-Japan relations and their ability to adapt to a different culture. The final selection is made by the Japanese host companies.

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Application procedure

All information is outlined in the application form.


The closing for applications: January 20th, 2022

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