Erasmus Mundus Japan – Master of Science in Imaging and Light in Extended Reality (IMLEX)


The objective of the multidisciplinary IMLEX programme is to train experts who in addition to a solid theoretical understanding of virtual reality will also possess strong practical skills in virtual reality applications.  Students on the IMLEX programme will benefit from European research expertise combined with Japanese expertise in research addressing virtual reality and robotics.

The European Commission and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) have selected IMLEX as one of the first Erasmus Mundus Master Joint Degree Partnerships with Japan.


IMLEX is implemented by a consortium of four universities:

University of Eastern Finland and Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan), University Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne (France) and KU Leuven (Belgium)

The Japanese associate partners are Utsunomiya University, Chiba University and Itoh Optical Industrial Co. List of associate partner includes leading virtual reality and lighting industry companies from Europe.

Please see the details in the Consortium page.

IMLEX student stories present some of our current and graduated students.


IMLEX welcomes applications from persons who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Photonics, or in a closely related field. Our application period is open annually in December – January, and you should submit your application electronically via Studyinfo service. Details can be found in How to apply page.


The consortium fee for the IMLEX MSc students are 4000 EUR for students from the Erasmus+ programme countries* and 8000 EUR for students from the Erasmus+ partner countries**

*) Erasmus+ Programme Countries are EU countries + North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Turkey and United Kingdom (as a participating country in the Erasmus Mundus programmes selected in 2014-2020, including IMLEX)

**) Erasmus+ Partner Countries include all other countries except the countries listed above.

For IMLEX student cohorts 2020 – 2023, there have been Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) and JASSO scholarships available on a competitive basis. See details in the Fees and Scholarships site.


The universities of the IMLEX consortium have cooperated in Master’s level education for a long time. For example, CIMET and COSI Master’s Programmes have been running for more than 10 years, and we are proud to say that our graduates have made exceptionally impressive careers, many of them attributing their career success to the programmes! You can read more in the COSI programme website.

University of Eastern Finland and Toyohashi University of Technology have launched a Double Degree Master’s Programme in Computer Science and Engineering. This DDP has given valuable experience how to bring together European and Japanese academic processes.

With the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union