Dear fellow forum members, I would like to remind you about the confidential nature of the documents the Centre made available for us, thus I ask of you to refrain from posting links to the documents provided, especially the SHORTLIST and the list of HOST COMPANIES on the public part of the forums.

Thank you

––– Airdawg

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by yez
15 Jan 2018, 23:16
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: CV
Replies: 8
Views: 95
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Re: CV

pietro93 wrote:with a different format and a new picture :)


If I were one of the screeners...you'd definitely get plus points for not using the fugly europass design :P
by yez
15 Jan 2018, 23:12
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: After short-list
Replies: 4
Views: 90
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Re: After short-list

Company doesnt matter, what matters are the placement identifiers/numbers. So NTT typically offers a bunch of BRL and a bunch of Media Lab internships. Each of those get a different number and are distinct placements. Sometimes multiple potential topics are grouped under same number, but there is on...
by yez
15 Jan 2018, 11:00
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: CV
Replies: 8
Views: 95
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Re: CV

I am using Europass for creating my CV and under personal information there is an option to put my picture. I always had it when I needed my CV in the past but I know that some countries don't like or even ignore CVs that have pictures in them. Are we allowed and is it recommended to use pictures i...
by yez
14 Jan 2018, 17:37
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Stamp on certificate of enrolment
Replies: 3
Views: 122
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Re: Stamp on certificate of enrolment

Most likely you will have to send it again, but you might as well wait then. Sometimes universities can be a pain, as some employees go "oh, i can't stamp it, because its already official without.". Happened to me, luckily the study program coordinator walked passed, overheard, laughed and...
by yez
13 Jan 2018, 11:48
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Specifying placement offers
Replies: 2
Views: 181
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Re: Specifying placement offers

You don't need to fill in anything. In my case, they always completely ignored it and assigned some out-of-my-interest placement and I changed my preference during the second phase.
by yez
13 Jan 2018, 11:47
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Stamp on certificate of enrolment
Replies: 3
Views: 122
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Re: Stamp on certificate of enrolment

You have been shortlisted before? Theoretically you should already know then, if its okay or not. At least in the years before, the mail containing information about the second phase (shortlisting results), contained a list of individuals, who need to resubmit the certificate. There they explicitly ...
by yez
06 Nov 2017, 15:11
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Compulsory doc 4
Replies: 4
Views: 310
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Re: Compulsory doc 4

How about translating it yourself, discuss that translation with your Prof, and then make him sign the translated version as if it were the official one?
by yez
06 Mar 2017, 11:47
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Resources for learning Japanese
Replies: 8
Views: 1508
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Re: Resources for learning Japanese

I just repeated what my Japanese teacher told me ;) Of course, informal language is important! I guess my point was that the book tends to lean on the informal side which is just something to keep in mind when studying with it. I personally think that that's great for beginners :) Since zaragui did...
by yez
03 Mar 2017, 10:41
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Actions after shortlisted
Replies: 12
Views: 2087
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Re: Actions after shortlisted

No, one knows the true inner workings of Vulcanus and why it takes so long. Well....probably it's just you can't give companies such harsh deadlines like us ;). Depends on your company. (very) few companies request a skype/telephone interview. Some get accepted early April. Some other on the very la...
by yez
28 Feb 2017, 18:03
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Who Should I ask for my recommendation letter?
Replies: 2
Views: 857
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Re: Who Should I ask for my recommendation letter?

The field of the prof is certainly a bonus for the company, but I would ask the prof, who knows me and my work best. If professor 1) only knows you from attending some courses of his (so basically your grades), and 2) from you doing research/thesis with him, 2) is able to formulate a much stronger o...
by yez
24 Feb 2017, 15:40
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Commuting time to workplace?
Replies: 2
Views: 743
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Re: Commuting time to workplace?

I don't think anyone lived very far away from their workplace. Probably in most cases <45 min to get to their respective workplace, which I guess is pretty normal for a major city. Those living further out (Hitachi, Atsugi) not so far I guess. Sometimes I walked to work in about 30 mins. Yes, some f...
by yez
24 Feb 2017, 10:47
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship
Replies: 12
Views: 1762
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Re: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship

And the last thing - most of the people who apply for this programme don't know about this forum before they get to Japan. Good luck! So... statistically speaking you are more likely to become a participant, if you are not on this forum guys! :) What I wanted to say is that I think it's better to p...
by yez
23 Feb 2017, 23:31
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship
Replies: 12
Views: 1762
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Re: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship

Chances are scenario from the last year might happen again and you might loose your valuable year in Japan just like that. I didn't know my case was already famous amongst people in your year! haha Indeed, I was the guy that got his internship cancelled 1 week before the pre-departure briefing :mrg...
by yez
23 Feb 2017, 19:37
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship
Replies: 12
Views: 1762
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Re: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship

Sorry, my bad. After reading all the posts I think I am going to change the traineeship, since many people do it too. Can I see in the short-list how many people have been recommended for a specific traineeship? Or only the number of people short-listed? By the way, I didn't receive the link with t...
by yez
23 Feb 2017, 15:27
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship
Replies: 12
Views: 1762
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Re: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship

Chances are scenario from the last year might happen again and you might loose your valuable year in Japan just like that. Could you explain this a bit more detailed please? Not sure about his specific case, but it has happened in the past, that companies drop out (short-notice). Happened in my yea...
by yez
23 Feb 2017, 15:09
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship
Replies: 12
Views: 1762
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Re: Applying for a different than suggested traineeship

This question has been answered before (on more than one occasion i think), so guys use the forum search ;)

e.g.: viewtopic.php?f=114806&t=2332150&p=20649961#p20649961

(at least i assume it should be viewable for you...?)
by yez
22 Feb 2017, 22:56
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Shortlist is out [not anymore!]
Replies: 19
Views: 2845
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Re: Shortlist is out [not anymore!]

Where can I find the shortlist? On the official homepage? Can't find it there. It is a confidential document and is treated as such. Only official applicants for this years session received the link by mail to check if they were shortlisted. If you applied, do check your Spam-Folder ASAP. You only ...
by yez
20 Jan 2017, 22:16
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Any Statistics from previous years?
Replies: 3
Views: 960
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Re: Any Statistics from previous years?

There are some comprehensive statistics on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcanus_in_Japan
Also shows the country participation (of selected).

cheers
by yez
19 Jan 2017, 21:42
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Grant
Replies: 2
Views: 727
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Re: Grant

You probably are underestimating it. Food and drinks can be (surprisingly) expensive. For sure more than in most European countries. For example, just be aware that 6 apples in Japan might easily run you 4-8 EUR (fruits and vegetables can be pretty expensive...). Can of beer 2-3EUR. But consider tha...
by yez
18 Jan 2017, 23:33
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: "Original" documents
Replies: 5
Views: 1103
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Re: "Original" documents

Ilias95 wrote:The Motivation Letter has to be signed?

No, its a nice touch though if you do it, but no, it doesnt need to be.

@scre
gray area, but... let your friend "fake" the signature. :twisted:
by yez
18 Jan 2017, 20:53
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: "Original" documents
Replies: 5
Views: 1103
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Re: "Original" documents

http://cdnsite.eu-japan.eu/sites/default/files/imce/vulcanus_japan/4_-_vj17-_more_info_on_compulsory_docs.pdf Documents listed in blue above must be: original I would say it is a sub-optimal situation. i) You have roughly 1-1.5 days left, I guess they won't arrive in time? ii) If they don't arrive i...
by yez
18 Jan 2017, 01:01
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Letter of motivation - word count
Replies: 5
Views: 1245
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Re: Letter of motivation - word count

Interesting question, what do you hope to measure by that? . Nothing really. I was just wondering how much people have to say about themselves and their motivation. That's kind of the thing. One can use a lot of words and basically say nothing about themselves or their motivation. In that sense, th...
by yez
17 Jan 2017, 21:33
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Letter of motivation - word count
Replies: 5
Views: 1245
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Re: Letter of motivation - word count

Interesting question, what do you hope to measure by that? I had roughly 700 and that pretty much filled the space on an A4 paper with 12pt. If you already feel there is a sentence you can kick out for better readability, do it! Don't leave a single word, which does not add any value to what you are...
by yez
14 Jan 2017, 21:36
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Resignation after short-listed
Replies: 3
Views: 920
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Re: Resignation after short-listed

Yes, the complete list will be made available. Sometimes, a near complete list is even online just before the submission deadline. I still don't know how they picked those positions for me. I applied twice in total...first time it was such a bad fit, its amazing. Second time was slightly better, but...
by yez
14 Jan 2017, 21:31
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Question Medical Certificate
Replies: 3
Views: 954
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Re: Question Medical Certificate

Nope.
by yez
14 Jan 2017, 16:48
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Resignation after short-listed
Replies: 3
Views: 920
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Re: Resignation after short-listed

The Vulcanus program will normally only suggest one position. You can either accept that or choose another position which you prefer and apply to that. I did that and got accepted, so that a perfectly valid way to go. Even though that year in Japan was amazing, I can understand that you don't want t...
by yez
13 Jan 2017, 16:06
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Sending by DHL Courier
Replies: 4
Views: 1424
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Re: Sending by DHL Courier

Well, just ask DHL if the recipient has to sign. If yes, it might be problematic. If not, it should be fine.

PS: Sorry for assuming you were German/Austrian ^_^ - just thought maybe because DHL, but then again... they are internationally present :).
by yez
13 Jan 2017, 14:36
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Sending by DHL Courier
Replies: 4
Views: 1424
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Re: Sending by DHL Courier

Registered mail means 'Einschreiben' (assuming you are German/Austrian).

Means someone has to sign upon accepting the letter. So probably that isn't the case for you.
by yez
12 Jan 2017, 22:33
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Documents translations
Replies: 1
Views: 525
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Re: Documents translations

Hi guys! I'm collecting all necessary documents so I can apply for this year Vulcanus edition, but I have a small struggle. I saw a document where it was stated that grades system, my grades and medical certificate can be in my mother language, if not possible in English, but with translation added...
by yez
11 Jan 2017, 17:28
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Final year eligibility ?
Replies: 2
Views: 786
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Re: Final year eligibility ?

Hi [mention]DavidC[/mention] and welcome! Regarding the grant, I'm not really up to date on info, but last I remember (based on other people's expeiences on this forum), you had to pay for: plane tickets to/from Brussels and Tokyo, some form of Insurance, and you also had to be able to rely on your...
by yez
09 Jan 2017, 13:52
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Am I too late for 2017-2018 program?
Replies: 2
Views: 817
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Re: Am I too late for 2017-2018 program?

When it comes to Vulcanus, make sure to read everything in detail! "DEADLINE: 20 Jan. 2017 (latest possible postmark date)" Meaning it does not need to arrive by the 20th. Just mail it on the 20th (best in the morning, so it actually gets shipped) - or better, before that. Side note: 5-8 d...
by yez
09 Jan 2017, 13:49
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Question Medical Certificate
Replies: 3
Views: 954
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Re: Question Medical Certificate

Theoretically a certified check-up might be wanted, but most relevant is, if you have a (severe) medical condition, chronic stuff etc. going on, that its being stated Mine was a total joke. The time I got accept, the doctor simply printed out the document he made for me two years ago already (differ...
by yez
04 Jan 2017, 13:36
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Queries about arrival to Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 1272
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Re: Queries about arrival to Japan

Since we all live/lived in different dorms, everyone has a unique experience. Typically your supervisor picks you up at some point, and typically each dorm has a dorm manager. Experience varies. Since you are interested in daily life questions, I suggest you simply read some of the blogs former/curr...
by yez
03 Jan 2017, 17:54
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Queries about arrival to Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 1272
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Re: Queries about arrival to Japan

Yes, I just wanted to know what happens when you arrive, obviously they do not want people who don't know how to develop theirselves abroad. I mean the first day just because you can not have internet (but I think you can buy a SIM card at the airport). 1)Yes, I was thinking of how boring is flying...
by yez
03 Jan 2017, 14:28
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Did something stupid!
Replies: 8
Views: 1727
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Re: Did something stupid!

If you wrote down a return address, they will simply sent it back i to you if they can't deliver it. You should have more than enough time to resend.

But that typo seems pretty negligible, I wouldn't worry.
by yez
03 Jan 2017, 14:21
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Queries about arrival to Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 1272
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Re: Queries about arrival to Japan

The general answer is... No. No one is going to hold your hand. Obviously you will get the information on where to go (address), but how etc. is something you really need figure out on your own (or together with the other 20-50 participants, who face the same situation). The Vulcanus program expects...
by yez
18 Dec 2016, 15:00
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: International experiences
Replies: 5
Views: 1201
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Re: International experiences

No one can tell you that (and both are important). Personally, I believe that a very very good motivation letter can get you shortlisted albeit a lack of content (aka experience, skills) on the application form. I feel like the application form is pretty generic, in the sense, if two people have sim...
by yez
15 Dec 2016, 20:44
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: International experiences
Replies: 5
Views: 1201
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Re: International experiences

Please search the forum. I remember there is a lot of comments on this.

Short answer however: Yes, international experience can be (very) helpful. Do you still have a chance without? Yes, totally (just make up for it with other skills).
by yez
09 Dec 2016, 13:08
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Queries about Vulcanus requeriments
Replies: 4
Views: 1144
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Re: Queries about Vulcanus requeriments

Well...just as much as being multi-sided/interdisciplinary is also a good thing, that can work to your advantage ;).

Best of luck!
by yez
08 Dec 2016, 23:10
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Queries about Vulcanus requeriments
Replies: 4
Views: 1144
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Re: Queries about Vulcanus requeriments

The list of study courses on the website is finished with a ",…" - so it is not exhaustive. I am pretty sure, no one here can give you a guarantee. If you fulfill all other requirements (enrolled university student), you can try. Biggest problem will be finding a good placement match later...
by yez
15 Nov 2016, 11:59
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Questions on Application Form
Replies: 9
Views: 1904
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Re: Questions on Application Form

Well, you can always try and see if they complain later on. But since its only November, write a mail to the officials and ask.
Typically they will get a lot of inquires and a reply might take time.

In the meantime, try what I or others propose. Later on, you can still take a gamble.
by yez
15 Nov 2016, 02:34
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Questions on Application Form
Replies: 9
Views: 1904
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Re: Questions on Application Form

I remember I had a similar problem. My university does give out English documents, but only online and as pdf (saying on the bottom this is considered as original). They don't hand out manually created ones with signature/stamp. After a few months in the application process the Vulcanus team complai...
by yez
06 Nov 2016, 16:34
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: What's next after Vulcanus?
Replies: 6
Views: 1654
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Re: What's next after Vulcanus?

- it is indeed possible to work for a Japanese company even if you do not know enough japanese. However, if you want to be promoted and build a career there, you need a rather high japanese language level. And the more Japanese the company is, the more its about how long you were warming your seat ...
by yez
04 Nov 2016, 18:26
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: What's next after Vulcanus?
Replies: 6
Views: 1654
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Re: What's next after Vulcanus?

You have the whole spectrum of people I think. People who came after their BSc. and returned home for their MSc. People who got hired by their company. People who were happy they wouldn't work at their workplace anymore. People who found another company in Japan. People who will try to return to Jap...
by yez
29 Oct 2016, 16:09
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Japanese Water companies in Vulcanus program
Replies: 1
Views: 648
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Re: Japanese Water companies in Vulcanus program

There are a few companies which keep up a regular participation, and some who join in/drop out from year to year. So, there is a chance that such a company might participate, but its definitely a smaller chance than a computer science related topic. Best option is to prepare an application and see w...
by yez
15 Aug 2016, 05:11
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: Curriculum
Replies: 2
Views: 1538
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Re: Curriculum

As a layout it should be alright. Most importantly - keep it consistent throught the CV. If you know latex (if not, learn it - will pay off for any thesis you don't have to write with Office), ModernCV is a very nice and popular template. Concerning your other question. Uhm, yes. That and grades, so...
by yez
15 Aug 2016, 05:03
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: List of blogs
Replies: 2
Views: 1328
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Re: List of blogs

Nice list. In the spirit of not working on my final presentations.... 2015-2016 Alex, Spain: https://alexshocksjapanagain.blogspot.com Alex. What should I say. Don't read his blog. He slipped through the cracks and got selected somehow. Out of all the Spanish people in our year he is the worst. Mayb...
by yez
23 Feb 2016, 11:29
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: 2016 Applicants
Replies: 113
Views: 19610
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Re: 2016 Applicants

No, not necessarily. I think last year we had also roughly 50. In the end we were 45. The center said back then "max 50. placements" (look for it in the forum).

Sadly, companies drop out and in even at a late stage.
by yez
23 Feb 2016, 00:28
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: 2016 Applicants
Replies: 113
Views: 19610
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Re: 2016 Applicants

Because I have been stuck with that same problem before, and people are every year... If you don't feel comfortable with the placement you get by the Centre then change it by all means. If there is a placement, where you are a better match -> take that. If the assigned placement is outside your area...
by yez
22 Feb 2016, 14:56
Forum: Vulcanus in Japan
Topic: 2016 Applicants
Replies: 113
Views: 19610
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Re: 2016 Applicants

My advise, start writing your two company letters ASAP if you haven't already started on that. And be prepared to have your professor/IO office to sign a document of acknowledgement (unless they changed that crap). We would, but the placements list and instructions email haven't been sent out yet. ...

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