Voices from Students



>> Ms Eriko Saito (Completed EU Studies Undergraduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2015)
>> Mr Jasur Karshibaev (Completed EU Studies Graduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2015)
>> Mr Shumpei Matsushita (Completed EU Studies Graduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2017)
>> Mr Kotaro Orita (completed EU Studies Undergraduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2018)
>> Ms Haruka Hashimoto (completed EU Studies Graduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2018)
>> Mr Masahiro Ota (completed EU Studies Undergraduate Diploma Programme in Spring 2020)


Mr Masahiro Ota (completed EU Studies Undergraduate Diploma Programme in Spring 2020)
Affiliation at time of completion of the programme: School of Sciences, Kyushu University
*completed EU-DP before graduation

I found out about the EU Centre's EU-DPs programme around the time the debate on Brexit was being discussed quite vigorously. Under such circumstances, I became aware again that there are regions in Europe where various kinds of movements can be freely made, and I was very interested in the historical background of the EU, and I wondered "How is it possible to do such a thing?" As a result, I decided to think about the "local community" in my own way, and as a first step, I decided to enroll in and complete the EU-DPs programme. However, since the target courses were not offered in my department, I took almost all of the required credits from courses provided in other faculties. Therefore, I had to choose classes offered at times when there were no classes in my own department, which was somewhat of a restriction. However, as there were many courses provided in the EU-DPs programme, I took several courses each semester in a carefully planned way, so that even a student like me was able to complete it.

Through the EU-DPs programme, I studied at the School of Law, Letters, Engineering, and Agriculture. I gained basic knowledge related to things such as Roman law, German literature, architecture, and soil science, which was a great experience. And I began to think that in the EU, researchers in these fields are working on projects in cooperation, which broadened my horizons. Also, when I had the opportunity to participate in a programme called "ASEAN in Today's World 2020" to learn about regional integration at Malay University in Malaysia, I talked with students from ASEAN countries making use of my experience at EU-DPs, and I think I was able to spend a more fulfilling time.

In this way, the EU-DPs programme provides an opportunity to think about regions around the world that aim to connect beyond the boundaries of countries. If you are interested in it, I would encourage you to join us. We recommend starting with the "Fundamentals of the European Union" course, which is offered in the spring semester!

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Ms Haruka Hashimoto (completed EU Studies Graduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2018)
Affiliation at time of completion of the programme: Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University
Career after graduation: Employment with an audit corporation by experience studying abroad

Since my first year as a university student, I have enjoyed participating in basic lectures in EU-DPs, the summer program, extension courses, and special lectures provided by EUIJ Kyushu* & Kyushu University EU Centre. In the course of learning about the history of integration, institutions of the EU, and current issues of member states, I developed my interest in Europe. Then, in my fourth year as an undergraduate, I experienced exchange and internship in Munich, Germany. After finishing 7 months of study abroad, I completed the EU-DP for graduate students. My master's thesis was on goodwill accounting, which was generated in combination with business, including a case with one German company. The EU-DP for graduate students provides specialized knowledge that allows valuable insights for our study.

Furthermore, while enrolled in the program, I had a great opportunity to enhance my German skills and visit various EU institutions in Brussels thanks to the JMCoE-Q Short Visit Scholarship. The visit was really fruitful in that I learned practical procedures of legislation and policy enforcement, grasped the concrete effects of Brexit, and gained a deeper understanding of the EU as well as making progress in German grammar, vocabulary, and speaking. During the visit, I learned and experienced so much, and I could also build up networks that will be helpful in the future. I'm confident that I will utilize the knowledge and language ability that I've acquired in this program even in my work after completion of my studies, and I will keep pursuing to become an international accounting professional versed in the European situation.

* EUIJ-Kyushu: The European Union Institute in Japan, Kyushu (EUIJ-Kyushu), one of the academic institutions worldwide affiliated with the EU, was administered by a consortium of Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka Women's University, and Kyushu University (two members in the extended 2015 academic year as Fukuoka Women's University and Kyushu University) and completed its operations on 31 March 2016.


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Mr Kotaro Orita (completed EU Studies Undergraduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2018)
Affiliation at time of completion of the programme: Fourth year, School of Economics, Kyushu University
Career after graduation: Employment with the prefectural government in Kyushu


I learned about the existence of the EU-DPs programme just after entering the university, and I took some EU-DPs courses from the first year. Since I had wanted to learn about the EU and Europe before entering university, I thought that Kyushu University students are fortunate to have such a well-organized education system like this programme. During the four years that I was in university, the situation surrounding Europe changed dramatically, such as Brexit and terrorism in Paris, France. Under this situation, it was a very valuable experience to be able to utilize the programme and learn about the history of the EU and the current social landscapes.

Also, before graduating I was able to study language in Spain for three weeks with funding from the "Short Visit Scholarship" offered by the EU Centre (Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence-Kyushu). I not only learned Spanish, but I also gained firsthand knowledge of the economic and social situation in Spain, and I was able to spend a very meaningful and intense time there. Although I belonged to the School of Economics in Kyushu University, I actively participated in classes in a wide range of fields, such as art and history, in addition to economics. As a result, I became interested in history and art in Spain, and it made my study abroad time even more fulfilling.

From now on, opportunities to interact with people from overseas, such as the Tokyo Olympics and Osaka-Kansai Japan Expo, will increase. With regard to these, I think the EU-DPs programme will provide a good opportunity to be interested in the EU and the world. I would like to make use of the experience gained through the EU-DPs programme and learn more about the EU in the future.

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Mr Shumpei Matsushita (Completed EU Studies Graduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2017)
Affiliation at time of completion of the programme: Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University
Career after graduation: Ph.D. Course, Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University


I completed the EU-DPs for graduate students, and now I am studying the EU economy as a doctoral course student. This program brought beneficial experiences to my studies because the EU-DPs can provide us with opportunities to learn about the EU systematically. Through the program, we can receive not only lectures on economics in Europe but also those on history and law, so we can learn and understand the EU from various angles. These angles were a great help to me when I wrote a master's thesis and research paper for EU-DPs. Also, the Kyushu University EU Centre holds events such as Christmas in the EU, where we can deepen our understanding of European culture.

In addition, during my registration for EU-DPs, I took part in the "Asia-Pacific EU Centres Graduate Students Conference" (that was sponsored by Kyushu University EU Centre) and made a report in English. This conference was a great opportunity for me because I could test what level my research had reached and find its remaining issues. Also, graduate students in pan-Pacific countries took part in this conference, and I met many researchers of the same generation, so I was inspired to make greater effort to study.

If you have any interest in the EU, I strongly recommend registering for EU-DPs. The experience of the EU-DPs will assist you in deepening your study and personal development.

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Mr Jasur Karshibaev (Completed EU Studies Graduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2015)
Affiliation at the time of completion of the programme: Ph.D. Course, Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University
Career after graduation: Docent of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan


The EU Studies Diploma Programmes (EU-DPs) are excellent programs suitable both for students whose research is directly related to EU studies and for those whose focus is on other areas. I joined EUIJ-Kyushu* as a doctoral course student at Kyushu University and enjoyed the EU Studies Graduate Diploma programme during the whole period of my studies. Particularly, the EUIJ-Kyushu library, international and local conferences, lectures, seminars, and other academic events hosted by EUIJ-Kyushu served as a good platform for sharing knowledge and gaining insights on EU-related issues. In view of the fact that most courses and events are also conducted in English, international students can make use of the programme as well.

Furthermore, I enjoyed the well-established research-funding options. Particularly, thanks to a short-visit scholarship from EUIJ-Kyushu, I got an excellent chance to present and discuss the results of my research within an international conference held in London, UK.  Through attending conferences and events held by EUIJ-Kyushu, I became a member of social networks that comprise a variety of people united by their interest in the EU not only from Japan, but also all over the world. Ergo, these interdisciplinary programmes fit best for Japanese and international students who are interested in building up a wide variety of networks both in Kyushu University and at the international level.

Finally, after completion of my studies and returning to my home country Uzbekistan, I got a permanent position at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Owing to the knowledge and experience I got through the EU-DPs, I got involved in teaching and research activities about the EU and Central Asia in other higher education and research institutes. Particularly, I became a part of the research and teaching projects within the ERASMUS+ programme supported by the EU.
Thus, I highly recommend the EU Studies Diploma Programmes to international and Japanese students at Kyushu University, as taking part in the programmes will give you great opportunities for personal development and academic advancement, enhancing your own experience and career prospects.

* EUIJ-Kyushu: The European Union Institute in Japan, Kyushu (EUIJ-Kyushu), one of the academic institutions worldwide affiliated with the EU, was administered by a consortium of Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka Women's University, and Kyushu University (two members in the extended 2015 academic year as Fukuoka Women's University and Kyushu University) and completed its operations on 31 March 2016.

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Ms Eriko Saito (Completed EU Studies Undergraduate Diploma Programme in Fall 2015)

Affiliation at the time of completion of the programme: 21st Century Programme, Kyushu University
Career after graduation: Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University


I registered for EU-DPs when I was a third year student after I began to consider studying abroad in France. Through the EU-DPs courses, I gained valuable opportunities to learn about Europe. I learned about the basic structure of the EU, which I was not so knowledgeable about, the overall scheme of economic matters in the EU, and about laws in France, which was not related to my major. Fortunately, after I had decided to study in France, I was awarded an "EU scholarship" provided by EUIJ-Kyushu* for students who want to study in Europe. I took advantage of the scholarship as a means to support my life and study in France.

While studying in France, the knowledge about the EU acquired through EU-DPs was really helpful to me, as the contents relating to the structure of the EU were also dealt with in some of my classes in France. Also, though writing a research paper for the completion of the programme was hard work for me, it became a motivation to research deeply about the EU and brought me a further inquiring mind.

During the years of my EU-DPs enrollment, I came to understand much more about Europe and gain a deeper sense of European culture. I would like to continue to research further and expand my connection with Europe from now on by utilizing the completion of my EU-DPs programme.
(currently enrolled in the EU-DPs for graduate students as of June 2016)


* EUIJ-Kyushu: The European Union Institute in Japan, Kyushu (EUIJ-Kyushu), one of the academic institutions worldwide affiliated with the EU, was administered by a consortium of Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka Women's University, and Kyushu University (two members in the extended 2015 academic year as Fukuoka Women's University and Kyushu University) and completed its operations on 31 March 2016.

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Number of Diploma Awardees



年度 Academic Year 学期 Semester 学部 Undergraduate Students 大学院 Graduate Students
合計 Total 合計 Total
113 122
2020 後期 Fall 6 -
前期 Spring 2 8
2019 後期 Fall 1 -
前期 Spring - 12
2018 後期 Fall 2 2
前期 Spring - 10
2017 後期 Fall - 3
前期 Spring - 13
2016 後期 Fall 1 2
前期 Spring - 13
2015 後期 Fall 11 1
前期 Spring 6 14
2014 後期 Fall 18 7
前期 Spring 1 7
2013 後期 Fall 16 -
前期 Spring 7 5
2012 後期 Fall 19 3
前期 Spring 3 14
2011 後期 Fall 20 2
前期 Spring - 6

* The EU-DPs from 2011 to 2015 academic year was provided by EUIJ-Kyushu.


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