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If the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) below do not answer your questions, you may contact us through our Contact page.


What courses are available in English at NUCB?

You will be able to gain a 4-year Global Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) accredited by AACSB. No Japanese language is required but is built into the curriculum.

Is NUCB internationally recognized?

Since 2006, NUCB has been part of only a select group of universities worldwide to hold the prestigious AACSB accreditation.
There are 845 business institutions in 56 countries and territories that have earned AACSB Accreditation. That means that less than 5 percent of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation.

What are the education requirements for application?

For most applicants, this means you must have graduated or be scheduled from a 12-year standard education curriculum. For further information please refer here.

How do I apply to NUCB?

Please follow the steps below. For uploading digital copies of application material, please refer here.

  • STEP 1

    Online Application

    Confirm your eligibility in the application guide, then complete the online application.

  • STEP 2


    Please pay the application fee via credit card.

  • STEP 3

    Upload your Documents

    Upload your documents digitally on the online submission portal.

  • STEP 4

    Issuing Interview Information

    Those that are accepted past the document review stage will be invited to interview.

  • STEP 5

    Admission Result

    Notification will be sent via email to all applicants.

Online Application Document Submission

Can I pay the application fee via Bank Transfer?

We prefer that students pay via the credit card system, however, applicants are welcome to pay the fee via Bank Transfer. Overseas payment will incur extra charges so please ensure to check with your local bank.

Bank Name San ju San Bank, Ltd 三十三銀行
Branch Nisshin Branch 日進支店
Account Ordinary Account 普通預金
Account Number 718030
SWIFT MIEBJPJT (IBAN code not used in Japan)
Bank Address 470-0012. 236 Korokuda. Fujieda-cho. Nisshin-shi. Aichi-ken
Bank Address 愛知県日進市藤枝町小六田236番地
Beneficiary Name Gakko Hojin Kurimoto Gakuen 学校法人栗本学園
School Address 470-0193 4-4 Sagamine. Komenoki-cho. Nisshin-shi. Aichi-ken
Tel No 0561-73-2111

I am currently in my last year of high school. When should I submit my application?

If you are currently in your last year of high school, you may apply at any time during the application period as long as you will graduate before enrolling. If you apply to NUCB before graduating from high school, you will be required to submit your most recent official transcripts with your application. If you are accepted to NUCB and decide to enroll, you will need to submit proof of high school graduation (such as a high school diploma or graduation certificate) before enrollment.

I have Japanese citizenship, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, all nationalities are welcome to apply to our Global BBA program.

When and where will the interview be held?

An interview is required of all applicants. All interviews are held online.

How long should the essays be?

Essays play a critical role in evaluating your candidacy for our university. Each essay question presents an opportunity for us to gain deeper insights into your unique qualities and motivations.

Plagiarism, including any content generated by Chat GPT, is strictly prohibited and will result in the failure of your application.

You must answer all three questions. Each answer should be limited to one page (three pages total).

1. Explain your reasons for applying to our program, highlighting any specific courses or professors that have captured your interest.

2. Reflect upon a past experience where you assumed an active leadership role that aligns with the NUCB school motto, "Frontier Spirit." Describe the situation in detail, highlighting your responsibilities, actions, and the impact you made as
a leader.

3. Identify a business leader whom you admire and provide a comprehensive
description of their qualities, characteristics, and achievements. Share their
name and explain why they serve as a role model for you.

Please ensure that each of your answers is concise and focused, allowing you to present your ideas clearly within the one-page limit per question. You may use any standard formatting (font size, margins, etc.) to fit your responses within the given constraint. Responses that exceed the one-page limit for any question may not be considered for evaluation.

I see NUCB has multiple rounds for application. Can I apply multiple times a year?

Yes, you can, but you cannot apply twice within the same stage.

I have never been to Japan and I do not speak Japanese. Can I still study at NUCB?

Yes. Many of our international students have never visited Japan or studied Japanese before studying at NUCB. it is highly encouraged for you to start learning basic Japanese on your own before coming to NUCB. This will ensure you have a smooth start to life in Japan. We also have Japanese built into the curriculum through to varying difficulty levels.

Is Japanese required for graduation?

There is no requirement to attain a Japanese Proficiency level in order to graduate, for example, JLPT N2. However, NUCB encourages students to continue their Japanese studies beyond the minimum requirement as Japanese language skills greatly benefit students when interacting with the local community and when applying for jobs.

Is English proficiency required to all applicants?

An official score such as TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC is required of all non-native speakers unless the language of instruction at high school was 100% in English. We also accept Duolingo English Test as well as TOEFL Home Edition. Please check here for the required scores.

Can I submit an official English test score slightly after the deadline?

Submitting documents past the deadline may be possible depending on the circumstances. Please contact the admissions team in advance.

Can I re-use my application documents for another application stage?

No, we will discard all application documents once all admission rounds are over.

Is an IB score, SAT or ACT required to apply?

NUCB conducts a holistic overview of applicants and there are no requirements for SAT or ACT. However, if you have SAT or ACT and would like to include it to strengthen your application, please submit it along with your application.

Is "Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)" required for English-medium Undergraduate Programs?

No. International students are not required to submit EJU scores for application to English-medium Undergraduate Programs.

I cannot pay the application fee using a credit card, what should I do?

There are two methods of payment; credit card payment and bank transfer. If you have any difficulties, please contact the admissions team.

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?

One letter of recommendation is usually sufficient. It should be written by an individual qualified to write about your potential for success in a business program from the applicant's most recent educational institution.

I only have one set of original certificates. Do I have to submit the original?

An official high school transcript must be submitted. Please have your high school issue a certified copy. School transcripts must also be certified by a school official. If the high school will not issue a certified copy, you will be required to submit the original documents, which can be returned upon prior written request.

Can I still apply if I have less than 12 years of education?

You may apply to the university if you have completed more than 11-years of education at an educational institution designated by Japan’s Ministry of Education (MEXT), even though your country's standard length of education is 11 years. If your education system only requires 10 or 11 years to finish high school then you will need to attend pre-university courses or the equivalent until you fulfill the 12-year education requirement. For more details, please contact the Admissions team before applying.

Am I required to send original documents with my application? Is it possible to send a photocopy instead?

During the initial stage, applicants upload digital copies of their application online. Admitted students who are planning to enroll must then submit either original certificates or certified documents. (A certified document is one that has been marked as being equivalent to the original with a stamp or seal by the issuing institution (preferred) or a notary public).

"The Original” means a paper-based document issued and hand-stamped/hand-signed by an institute and/or a individual with authority to issue and verify such document

May I submit my application materials online?

NUCB Undergraduate School can accept digital copies for application to the Global BBA Program. Please upload documents here.

For documents not written in English or Japanese, please also upload an official translation that includes the translator's name, address, contact details, and signature or official seal.

After being accepted to NUCB, enrolling students must submit original documents or certified documents* for the uploaded application documents to NUCB Nisshin Campus by post. If the original or certified documents* submitted after acceptance differ from the digital copies uploaded with the online application, or if enrolling students are not able to submit original or certified documents*, acceptance to NUCB will be revoked. Please be sure to keep the original versions of the documents you upload with your online application.

*A certified document is one that has been marked as being equivalent to the original with a stamp or seal by the issuing institution (preferred) or a notary public.

What happens if an application is submitted without an application fee?

NUCB will not screen applications without confirming the payment of the application fee. In principle, NUCB will not contact applicants regarding unpaid application fees.

How long does it take until I receive my admission result?

After completing your interview, your application will be screened and you will receive your notification as stated in the application guide.  We will not respond to inquiries by email or phone.


Do you accept transfer admissions?

NUCB accepts transfer students from students residing in Japan and outside of Japan to transfer into the second or third year of a four year program.

How many credits can I transfer?

Students at NUCB must complete a total of 124 credits (minimum 28 Liberal Arts & minimum 72 Specialized Subjects) to graduate. Accepted students will be notified about the allowed number of transfer credits in the notification of acceptance and which year they transfer to. The maximum number of credits students can transfer is up to 60.

How do I apply as a transfer student?

Please follow as instructed in the "Application Guideline" under our download page. Please note that it is not possible to know how many credits can be transferred before a formal application as our educational affairs team need to evaluate your credentials.

Do all applicants have an interview?

Yes, all applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted by a Global BBA professor lasting approximately 20 minutes.

What transcripts are required?

You must include your high school academic transcripts AND your academic transcripts from the higher education institutions you enrolled in since graduating from high school.

Please include a syllabus for each course you have taken or are currently taking that you wish to have approved for credit transfer.
Please include information that shows the subject name, course type, number of credits, course duration, class length, the total number of classes, total class time, and language of instruction. Please also include the entire curriculum for your program.

If the documents are not in English or Japanese, please submit the officially translated translation together with the original syllabus. Only translations from the organization issuing the syllabus, a translation company, or a qualified individual translator will be accepted.

What are the requirements for transfer?

Applicants must satisfy either 1. or 2. below:


  • Completed at least one or two years of study in a university bachelor's degree program outside of Japan.
  • Have completed 13 or 14 years of study in a university bachelor's degree program.
  • Have acquired at least one fourth or half of the credits needed to graduate from their current university's bachelor's degree program.


  • Applicants who have completed at least one / two year(s) of study in a university bachelor's degree program within Japan and acquired at least 30 or 60-course credits by the time of enrollment to NUCB.

What English proficiency is required to transfer?

  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • IELTS 6.0
  • TOEIC L&R 780
  • Eiken Grade 1
  • PTE Academic 50
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment FCE Grade B

If you have other scores for proficiency please contact the admissions team in advance. Please note that a decision on whether you can transfer credits can only be made after a formal application.

Will there be an exam for transfer students?

Students will be invited to take an online case exam lasting 60 minutes.


When am I supposed to arrive in Japan?

NUCB will advise you on the dates that you should arrive on campus. You should not arrive on campus earlier than the specified dates as there will be no available rooms in the dormitory, and you will have to look for your own accommodation.

I cannot afford to pay the amount listed in the Enrollment Procedure all at once. Can I pay in installments or after I arrive in Japan?

No. In order to begin your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) application process, NUCB must be able to confirm that you are financially able to support the cost of studying in Japan. For this reason, we must receive all fee payments before beginning the COE process. For more information regarding the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), please see the About Student Visa section below.

What assistance does NUCB provide to help me when I first arrive?

We hold several orientation sessions for new students before classes start. We have lots of friendly staff and current students to help you adjust to your new life in Japan.

What is a student visa?

A student visa is issued by your local Japanese embassy/consulate and grants you permission to enter Japan for an extended period of time and undertake university-level studies. However, before you can apply for a student visa, you must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

What is a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)?

A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is a document that is required to obtain a visa and is issued by the Immigration Bureau of Japan. If you are accepted and plan to enroll at NUCB, NUCB will apply for the COE on your behalf once you complete all enrollment procedures.

When the Immigration Bureau of Japan issues your COE, NUCB will send it to you by registered mail. You must then apply at your local Japanese Embassy/Consulate for your student visa. Be sure to inquire the Japanese Embassy/Consulate in advance about what documents are necessary to apply for a student visa and have them ready.

How can I apply for Student Visa?

International students need to follow the procedure below to apply for a student visa:

  1. Complete "Certificate of Eligibility" (COE) form with application guide and send to NUCB
  2. If accepted to NUCB and paid all required fees - Receive COE and "Letter of Admission" (LOA) from NUCB
  3. Apply for a Student Visa to the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate) by submitting both COE and LOA

NUCB works very closely with every applicant and the Immigration Bureau to make sure applicants are able to receive their COE and student visa. You must submit all required documents (original copies only) with correct information to be able to receive your visa on time. Please be advised that the Immigration Bureau of Japan and your local Japanese embassy/consulate make all final decisions.



4-4 Sagamine, Komenoki-cho, Nisshin, Aichi, 470-0193, Japan
NUCB Undergraduate School Admissions Office, International Division