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Internship at the National Institute of Informatics | Tokyo, Japan

This program is a part of NII's international exchange activities with students from institutions with which NII has concluded an MOU agreement. It is aimed at giving interns the opportunity to engage in research activities as well as receiving guidance in their research from professors at NII. This incentive program is an opportunity for professional and personal development.

1. Target candidates:

Master's and/or Ph. D. students who are enrolled at TU Wien.

2. Application procedure:

Fill out the NII International Internship Program Application Form (available when the next call is open) and submit it to JASEC (jasec@tuwien.ac.at) AND in CC to Prof. Thomas Eiter (eiter@kr.tuwien.ac.at) with your CV attached.

Choose up to three topics out of the list of topics from NII's website and establish contact with NII supervisors who match the desired research topic. For a successful application you will need a letter of acceptance from the supervising professor (this can also be the e-mail correspondence etc.)

A nomination by JASEC at TU Wien is necessary as no direct application from candidates is accepted.

3. Application deadline:

Internal Deadline for submitting your application to JASEC is not defined yet.

4. Selection:

Screening of candidates is conducted by each NII supervisor first, then final selection is made by GLO and NII directors meeting.

5. Notification:

NII will notify JASEC if the application was successful. JASEC will then contact the applicants directly.

Important: NII internship students must work on the topic which has been agreed before their arrival and comply with that work and follow regulations. In case of non-respect of the conditions, NII will take an appropriate action including termination of their internship.

6. Sojourn expenses:

5,700 JPY per day as sojourn expenses (171,000 JPY/per month) will be covered by NII while intern students are staying at NII. Transportation expenses are in principal not paid. 

7. Overseas travel insurance:

The cost of medical treatment for NII internship students will be covered except certain conditions and injuries (e.g., pre-existing/chronic conditions, dental care and vaccination).

We recommend that interns make provisions for other types of insurance before arriving in Japan. Examples include travel insurance to cover the cost of flight cancellations, lost baggage, and so on. Since the overseas travel insurance for intern students is valid from the day they leave their country to the day they arrive in their country, they are required to arrive in Japan one day prior to the first day of their internship and leave Japan in one day after their internship ends.

Important: On and after [date not defined yet], the alien registration system was abolished and foreigners also join the candidate for application of the Law of the Basic Resident Registers. The foreigner who resides exceeding three months comes to have national health insurance joined. If applicable intern students MUST pay the fee of national health insurance to the local government of their residence. It can be paid out of their sojourn expenses paid by NII or their own money. The fee would be around 1000 yen per month. The procedures should be confirmed at the municipal office.

8. Final evaluation:

At the end of their internship, students are expected to submit "NII International Internship Program Report-Evaluation" as an outcome of their stay. In writing such reports, the intern may have to use former results or citations. Obviously the intern has in that case to respect the "Intellectual Property" of the original contributors; plain citations are mandatory, copying-pasting of text written by other authors is ethically improper. After the completion of the internship period and submission of a report to NII, NII will issue a certificate of completion to each intern student.

9. Time frame:

Interns accepted for this program must arrive before [date not defined yet]. Exceptional cases should be discussed beforehand. The duration of the internship should be also discussed with NII supervisors. The internship activities should be for a period of 60 to 180 days excluding traveling days. A minimum of 2 months stay is compulsory.

More details at NII's website:



Vulcanus in Japan - A Training Programme for EU Students

Vulcanus in Japan started in 1997. The programme consists of industrial placements for EU / COSME* 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.


  • 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.


This programme is financed by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and the Japanese host company. The EU / COSME * 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.


You must be:

  • citizen of an EU Member-State or a COSME* partening country.
  • a student of engineering or science at an EU / COSME*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

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.


Directly at http://www.eu-japan.eu/events/vulcanus-japan


Working Holiday Programm

Working Holiday Programme tragen dem häufigen Wunsch der Jugend Rechnung, im Rahmen eines kulturell-touristischen Auslandsaufenthalts spontan kurz befristete Arbeitsverhältnisse einzugehen und auch die Bildungseinrichtungen im Ausland zu nutzen. Junge Menschen im Alter zwischen 18 und 30 Jahren sollen damit in der Lage sein, sich ihren Ferienaufenthalt teilweise selbst zu finanzieren, dabei praktische Berufserfahrungen im Ausland zu sammeln und vom Bildungsangebot vor Ort zu profitieren. Beschäftigung oder Bildung sind hier also nicht der primäre Anlass der Auslandsreise, sondern ergeben sich beiläufig.

Auslandserfahrungen und gute Fremdsprachenkenntnisse sind wichtige Aspekte für einen erfolgreichen Einstieg ins Berufsleben. Zudem wird mit diesen Programmen das Verständnis für andere Länder und Kulturen gefördert. 


Der Visumantrag kann bei der Japanischen Botschaft in Österreich gestellt werden:

Konsularabteilung der Japanischen Botschaft
Heßgasse 6, 1010 Wien
Telefon:(+43 / 1) 531 92 – 0
Telefax:(+43 / 1) 532 05
e-mail: info@wi.mofa.go.jp

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