Delegation of the European Union to Japan

EU-Japan Academic Relations (Erasmus+)

21/12/2018 - 12:00

Both the EU and Japan benefit by the sharing and pooling of academic knowledge, expertise, ideas and exchange of students.

European Higher Education Fair Japan 2021 Online Fair (29-30 October)

Information for European higher education institutions: please scroll down for application details
(application deadline 30th June)


The EU Delegation in Tokyo supports this flow of knowledge, as well as helping Japanese students to learn about studying in Europe, by offering access to and information on EU programmes.

European and Japanese universities have been collaborating for some time under established programmes such as Erasmus Mundus, whilst the current EU programme for education, Erasmus+, provides new and exciting opportunities to Japanese and EU universities and students to work together. The Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence, based at prestigious Japanese universities, promote academic exchange and EU studies in both Tokyo and the regions.  Europe is an ideal study abroad location for Japanese students, and the annual European Higher Education Fair provides students with information on many different options Europe has to offer. 

 New Erasmus


Supporting EU-Japan higher educational exchange under Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the EU's flagship education initiative that offers opportunities to Japanese higher education institutions to engage with European counterparts as part of higher education mobility and cooperation projects. The three types of project that are of particular relevance to universities in Japan are International Credit Mobility (ICM), Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (EMJM), and Jean Monnet Activities.

  • International Credit Mobility (ICM)

Non-European students can apply for a grant to study at a partner institution in Europe for a period of 3-12 months. Students can earn credits at their host university, which will be recognised by their home university, without paying any extra fees. University staff and academics can also receive a grant to spend 5 days to 2 months at partner institutions in Europe, to deliver teaching or training.  Between 2015-2021 nearly 2000 students and staff have taken part in periods of study, training, or teaching in Japan or Europe as part of ICM partnerships between European and Japanese universities.

  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (EMJM)

Under Erasmus+, Japanese universities can become full or associate partners with European universities in Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (double degree programmes are also possible), similar to the way in which several universities already offer joint programmes, established under Erasmus Mundus, the forerunner to Erasmus +.

Japanese students can also apply as individuals to take part in joint master programmes and study in Europe in at least 2 different countries. 

EU-Japan Joint Master Degree Programmes: A new EU-Japan Joint Master Degree programme scheme was launched at the time of the first EU-Japan policy dialogue on education, culture, and sport in July 2018. As a result of the first call for proposals, three new EU-Japan Joint Master Degree programmes were selected in July 2019.

-History in the Public Sphere

Lead institutions: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Central European University

-Erasmus MundusJapan - Master ofScience inImaging and Lightin ExtendedReality

Lead institutions: Toyohashi Institute of Technology, University of Eastern Finland 

-Japan-EuropeMaster onAdvancedRobotics 

Lead institutions: Keio University, Ecole Centrale de Nantes 


  • Jean Monnet Activities

The EU supports excellence in teaching and research on the European Union worldwide through the the Jean Monnet initiative. Japanese universities may apply for funding to set up individual courses on the EU (Jean Monnet Modules), or to establish focused EU research and teaching centres (Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence) or networks (Jean Monnet Network)  Individual scholars can also apply for funding to support their teaching and research on the EU (Jean Monnet Chair).

There are currently two Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence active in Japan, operating with the support of the Erasmus+ programme:

-Kobe University Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

-Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence-Kyushu (based at Kyushu University)

There is also an active Jean Monnet Centre for EU Studies at Keio University.


Erasmus+ Call for Proposals 2021

-Opportunities for Japanese higher education institutions and academics-

A Call for Proposals has now been launched with deadlines in May and June 2021. Full details of the opportunities available can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide (English only)

Application deadlines are as follows:

Type of project

Relevant pages of Programme Guide

Deadline for applications

Further details

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM)

Pages 215-226

17 June 2021

Further details

Jean Monnet Activities 

Pages 268-291

3 June 2021

Further details

Who must submit the application?

Type of project

Who submits the application

Where to submit application

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master

Any eligible participating higher education institution established in a Programme or Partner Country can submit an application.

To the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency, located in Brussels (EACEA)

Jean Monnet Activities 

Japanese institution

-Jean Monnet Chair

-Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

-Jean Monnet Module,

-Jean Monnet Network (if lead institution)

To the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency, located in Brussels (EACEA)

European partner institution

-Jean Monnet Network (if lead institution)

It should be noted that International Credit Mobility is not included in the 2021 call.


Promoting excellence in EU studies through the EU Institutes in Japan initiative

The EU Institute in Japan initiative, running successfully from 2004-2017 promoted academic cooperation between Japan and Europe in European political science, law, economics, environment and medicine. They established EU-related courses, with scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Visiting professors from Europe give special lectures and Japanese and European universities undertake joint research and academic exchange.

During the course of the EUIJ initiative, five institutes received funding in Japan: EUIJ Kyushu (a partnership between Kyushu University, Seinan Gakuin University and Fukuoka Women's University) EUIJ Kansai (Kobe University, Osaka University, Kwansei Gakuin University), EUSI Tokyo (Hitotsubashi University, Keio University, Tsuda College), EUIJ Waseda, and EUIJ Tokyo (Hitotsubashi University, International Christian University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tsuda College)


European Union Studies Association-Japan

Founded in 1980, the purpose of the European Union Studies Association-Japan is to promote studies on the EU through close co-operation with similar academic associations around the world. It has around 500 members, mostly academics, but also including journalists, businessmen, government officials, and lawyers.  The Association organises an annual conference at a different host university each year.


European Higher Education Fair 2021 Japan (EHEF 2021) Online Fair (29-30 October)

Europe is a global leader in study programmes for learners of all ages and is a popular destination for students from around the world. The EU Delegation in Tokyo helps to promote Study in Europe, working with EU Member States to organise the annual European Higher Education Fair (EHEF).

The Delegation of the European Union to Japan, along with our co-organisers Campus France Japon (Institut français du Japon), and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), announce the holding of the European Higher Education Fair 2021 Japan (EHEF 2021) Online Fair. The fair will provide the opportunity for a large number of European higher education institutions, official education agencies, and EU Member State embassies in Japan, to promote study in Europe options to prospective Japanese students. 

Programme (Japan Standard Time):

Friday 29 October  15:00-16:30    Opening webinar

          16:30-20:00    Live interaction on booth pages (chat, private consultations)

Saturday 30 October 16:00-20:00    Live interaction on booth pages (chat, private consultations)


-The event will reproduce the interactive experience students would have visiting a physical fair.

-The EHEF 2021 Online Fair website will go live 4-6 weeks before the event, and will feature individual ‘booth’ pages for each exhibitor, which prospective students can access to download documents, watch promotional videos, and book private consultation sessions which will take place during the two day event.

-On the days of the event prospective students will also be able to interact live with university representatives via an in-built chat function

Institution eligibility:

In order to be eligible to take part in the EHEF 2021 Online Fair, the institution must:

‐    be an officially accredited higher education institution with their headquarters in one of the EU Member States, OR

‐    be an official national education agency in one of the EU Member States, OR

‐    be an embassy or official national education agency in Japan of one of the EU Member States.


Participation fees:

-The event is free to attend for both participating institutions and prospective students visiting the EHEF 2021 Online Fair website.

Online Application Form:

Application Deadline: Wednesday 30th June 2021

Once participation is confirmed, institutions will be asked to submit booth page texts, pictures, logos, information and documents directly into a bespoke event content management platform.


Participant Terms & Conditions:

- Please read the
PDF icon Participating Institution Terms & Conditions  prior to applying for more detailed information. Submission of an online application automatically indicates that the Terms & Conditions have been read and agreed to.

-  PDF icon EHEF 2021 Japan Online Fair Institution Privacy Statement

PDF icon EHEF 2021 Japan Online Fair Institution Consent Form for Processing of Personal Data



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Updated on 7 June 2021


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