EU-Japan Advanced Multidisciplinary Master Studies

Through the EU - JAMM project, 43 exchange students (20 from the EU and 23 from Japan) will be hosted at one of the respective counterpart universities in the EU or in Japan for at least a full academic year to pursue a second master's degree at the host university. In this way exchange students in the EU - JAMM are able to study in two master's programmes and after successful completion obtain master's degrees from two universities; thus ultimately obtaining two degrees, one from a European university and the other from a Japanese university. The opportunity for students to select from the full range of courses offered by the humanities, social as well as natural sciences allows them to undertake a unique learning experience – the multidisciplinary nature of the Double Degree Programmes (DDP) - produces students who are truly capable of tackling the ever more complex national and global issues of the 21st century.

EU Lead Institution: University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Japan Lead Institution: Kobe University (Japan)

Duration: 01 October 2013 to 30 September 2017


EU-JAMM envisions fostering multidisciplinary competence by focusing on understanding the comparative perspectives of EU-Japan relations through studying for double master degrees from both regions after completing at least a full academic year of study. The EU-JAMM curriculum enables exchange students from the EU and Japan to conduct a comprehensive and structural analysis of the EU and Japan from a multidisciplinary perspective, e.g., historical, political, legal, economic, sociological, cultural, anthropological, linguistic, philosophical, sociocultural and environmental engineering. In addition to its focus on the EU and Japan and their interactions, EU-JAMM offers local language and culture courses as well as internship opportunities for students. In this way Japanese students will become ‘EU experts' with a deeper understanding of the EU as well as its cultural composition. European students, meanwhile, specialise in Japan's global role from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

Consortium Institutions

EU lead institution: University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

EU partner institutions: University of Essex, University of Groningen, Jagiellonian University, Lund University, Tilburg University

Japan lead institution: Kobe University Japan partner institutions: Kyushu University, Osaka University, Nara Women's University

MA degrees to be Awarded

Master of Economics (Kobe University), Master of Political Science (Kobe University), Master of Arts (Kobe University), Master of Laws (Kyushu University), Master of Engineering (Kyushu University), Master of International Public Policy (Osaka University), Master of Philosophy (Nara Women's University) Master of Arts in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (KU Leuven), Master of Arts: Area and language studies (KU Leuven), Master of Economics (KU Leuven), Master of Business Economics (KU Leuven), Master of Political Science (University of Essex), Master of Arts (University of Groningen), MA in European Studies (Jagiellonian University), MSc in Engineering / Master of Science (Lund University), Master of Laws (LL.M.) (Tilburg University)

QUICK FACTS (Full information available at Consortium Website)

1. Admissions: The conditions for admission for the double degree programme is the same as for the Centre for European Studies criteria

2. Structure: Students spend one year at the Jagiellonian University and one year at the University of Kobe

a. Jagiellonian University (JU) will present "New Member Characteristics". The courses are to focus on the characteristics of Central and Eastern Europe (interdisciplinary comparative studies on the historical, political, economic, legal and social development of the modern societies of Central and Eastern Europe in the context of European integration).

bKobe University (KU), one of most important EU study centres in Japan, has been delivering EU-related courses from economics, politics, culture to science and technologies. KU is a coordinating university for European students; KU is also providing courses on advanced and frontier Japanese popular culture.

4. Eligibility and Selection Process:

  • Previous academic performance/ academic merit: 35%
  • Motivation to study at this programme and strength of study plan: 45%
  • English language skills: 20%.

5. Degrees:

  • Students will spend one year at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow following the second-cycle programme which leads to the MA degree in the field of European Studies (following one of specialization: EU Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies or Europeanisation and Governance in CEE) and one year at Kobe University, following the programme of MA in Political Science.
  • The degrees expected to be granted under this Double Degree Programme by the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University will be a Master of Political Science and by the Jagiellonian University, a magister in the field of European Studies (equivalent to MA in European Studies).

6. Cultural immersion:

In order to provide the students with full exposure to all aspects of the respective European/Japanese dimension, the universities will offer students the possibility of taking at least one European language/Japanese language and culture course during the study period at the host university.

7.Tuition Fees: Tuition is paid to the Jagiellonian University. For programme fee information, please go to tuition and fees