NUCB Undergraduate School seeks to admit students irrespective of nationality who can strive academically and personally at our university. In line with our mission to educate innovative and ethical leaders who possess a 'Frontier Spirit', we seek to nurture young persons who think creatively and independently.
Admissions are based on holistic criteria with the goal to identify students who are able to excel in our active learning environment using the case method of teaching. Moreover, coming from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, students are expected to enrich the NUCB student body with different and innovative ways to become pioneers in the future.
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
English (Japanese not required)
Spring (Apr) & Autumn (Sep)
2nd & 3rd Year Possible
University Entrance Eligibility
- You must have graduated or be scheduled to graduate from a high school (or secondary school) determined by the Japanese School Education Act or have an academic background equivalent to one of the following educational criteria by the time of enrollment to NUCB.
- Applicants must meet one of the following criteria before the enrollment date at NUCB. Meeting the qualifications does not guarantee admission. For most applicants, this means you must have:
Completed a 12-year standard education curriculum at an educational institution.
If you will not complete a 12-year standard education curriculum, you must have an academic background equivalent to one of the following educational criteria by the time of enrollment* to NUCB:
|Completed a standard overseas education curriculum at an educational institution in Japan designated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).|
|Completed an upper secondary course at a special training college designated by MEXT.|
|Completed a standard education curriculum in less than 12 years at an overseas institution and have completed a curriculum at a preparatory education institution designated by MEXT or at an educational center designated by MEXT.|
|Received an International Baccalaureate Diploma, Abitur, Baccalaureate Diploma, or GCE A-Level results.|
|Completed a 12-year standard education curriculum accredited by an international evaluation group (WASC, CIS, ACSI).|
|Be at least 18 years of age and have passed an official examination that shows academic background equivalent or superior to that obtained from a 12-year standard education curriculum.|
|Be at least 18 years of age and recognized through an individual screening by NUCB as having an academic background equivalent to or higher than a high school graduate.|
|Completed an 11-year standard education curriculum at an educational institution in Belarus, Myanmar, Peru, Russia, Sudan, Uzbekistan, or at an educational institution designated by MEXT. For more details, contact the Admissions Office before applying.|
Those that have completed a 12-year (or more) school curriculum in less than 12 years because of appropriate reasons (e.g., skipping grades), will be regarded as having met the above requirements. In order to prove eligibility, the applicant is required to submit an official document explaining the reason(s) for the early completion.
Those who have passed an examination demonstrating academic ability equivalent to 12 years of formal education, such as the GED (General Educational Development) test or another high school equivalency exam are eligible to apply.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
The full list of English Qualifications accepted for Global BBA Program can be found here, including the test waiver form.
An official proficiency score is required of all non-native speakers unless the language of instruction at high school for all three years was 100% in English:
- TOEFL iBT®・TOEFL iBT® Home Edition: 61
- IELTS: 5.5 (Overall Band)
- TOEIC®: 700
- PTE 50
- Eiken: Grade pre-1
- SAT evidence-based reading and writing 540
- IB English / (SL/HL): 4 and higher
- AP English Language ・Literature: 4 or higher
- ACT English: 21 and above
- Duolingo: 90 or higher
※Tests must be taken within 2 years of the date of application.
Minimum scores for application indicated, typically students enroll with a TOEFL iBT average of 80 - 100, IELTS 6.0 - 7.0.
TOEFL must be sent via ETS. The institution code of NUCB is B407. If you provide your IELTS TRF number, you do not need to submit an original test version.
English-basis applicants are not required to submit an English proficiency test score if:
- Completed or will complete your 12th year of formal education in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Canada (excluding Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, or the USA.
- Taken or will take your most recent 3 years of formal education before enrolling at NUCB in the English language in a country other than those listed above and submit a letter from your school stating that you have taken all of your subjects in English for the past 3 years (Complete Test Score Waiver Request Form).
- Received or will receive an International Baccalaureate Diploma with English as the language of instruction.
Interviews & Exams
An interview and written exam are required of all applicants.
- Residents in Japan: On-Campus or online Interview・Online Written Exam
- Residents outside of Japan: Online Interview・Online Written Exam
NUCB conducts a holistic overview of a candidate in respect to admissions. Therefore, there are no minimum requirements or specific courses to be taken. Those that have taken university admissions qualifications such as IB, SAT, AP etc, will be used alongside other exam results and credentials, to evaluate applicants in our university admissions process.
- SAT Code: 7693
- AP / ACT Code: 4627
- IB Code: 038743
Admission for 2023
|1||2022 Jun 6 ~ Jun 17||2022 Oct 10 ~ Oct 21|
|2||2022 Jul 11 ~ Jul 22||2022 Nov 7 ~ Nov 18|
|3||2022 Sep 5 ~ Sep 16||2022 Nov 28 ~ Dec 9|
|4||2022 Oct 10 ~ Oct 21||2023 Jan 16 ~ Jan 27|
|5||2022 Nov 7 ~ Nov 18||2023 Feb 6 ~ Feb 17|
|6||2022 Nov 28 ~ Dec 9||2023 Mar 6 ~ Mar 17|
|7||2023 Jan 16 ~ Feb 3 *||2023 Apr 3 ~ Apr 14|
|8||---||2023 May 15 ~ May 26|
|9||---||2023 Jun 12 ~ Jul 7 *|
「Note」 Applicants who are not successful in one application period can reapply during the subsequent application periods.
NUCB accepts transfers from students residing in Japan and outside of Japan to transfer into the second or third year of a four-year program.
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 62.
For more information, please refer to our FAQ
All applicants must complete a written exam to be considered for entrance to the Global BBA Program.
Whilst we cannot disclose the exact theme of the exam, it will be an open question related to business or social issues to get your thoughts on the subject and test your writing ability under pressure. You will be judged on the contents, structure, clarity, and logical thinking.
You will have 30 minutes to answer the question and we will use Google Documents and Zoom simultaneously for the exam. On the day of the exam, we will send you a link to open where the exam question will be posted. If you have difficulties using the applications mentioned, we have alternative methods.
Interviews last approximately 15 to 20 minutes per applicant. Two professors teaching on the Global BBA Program will conduct individual interview lasting approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Applicants in Japan can choose to have their interview in person at the Nisshin / Nagakute campus or via Online. Overseas applicants do not need to come to campus and interviews are online. For online interviews we use the video conference software Zoom.
Why does NUCB interview?
As NUCB uses case methodology, we want to ensure that you have the ability to study in this environment. The interview is designed to assess your academic potential.
Professors are looking for your self-motivation and enthusiasm for choosing the GBBA program, as well as the opportunity to live and study in Japan, in particular at NUCB Undergraduate School and in Nisshin.
What will I be asked?
We understand that you may not have had much experience in interviews and therefore, you may be nervous. The professors are not trying to catch you out and will do their best to put you at ease. Professors will probably ask you a few simple questions to begin with, such as tell us about yourself.
They will then move on to questions about the subjects you are currently studying. Questions will be asked to ensure that you have done your preparation on the curriculum of the GBBA program and why in particular, you have chosen our school. Other questions will include the chance to showcase that you can excel in an active learning environment. Finally, the professors would like to know how we can help you meet your future career goals. Don't worry, as not everyone has a career plan mapped out, but there should be a strong reason for choosing a business degree.
The professors will allow time at the end of the interview for questions, but don't feel pressured to ask anything. This does not form any part of your assessment.
Based on our founding philosophy of ‘Frontier Spirit’, the Diploma Policy and the Curriculum Policy, we accept the following persons as applicants:
- Those who have completed a high school curriculum and acquired the logical thinking and communication skills required for higher education
- Those who have acquired the thinking, judgment, and expressiveness to solve problems for which no single answer can be determined
- Those who are able to respect others and accept various points of view and values, with an attitude to take initiative to learn in diverse environments and have a broad perspective to play an active role in the international community.
(At our university, in order to accept the above-mentioned persons, in addition to academic achievements, we have adopted a holistic approach to evaluating applications, which includes recommendation letters, essays, interviews, etc.)
Important Notes on Applications
1. Under no circumstances can we accept incomplete applications, late applications, or applications that are not accompanied by full payment of the prescribed application fee by the corresponding deadline.
Furthermore, supplemental application materials will not be accepted after the end of the application period except when special permission has been granted. Therefore, you should make sure you have prepared all the required documentation before submitting your application.
2. NUCB does not notify you of your application status, including informing you about parts of the application that are missing or incomplete, as it is your responsibility to complete your application by the given deadline
3. The following policy applies in the event that information provided in the application or the individual eligibility review is discovered to be incorrect or fraudulent, regardless of the reason:
A. While the applicant is in the application or screening process
The applicant will be deemed to be ineligible for the Global BBA Program, and the application fee will not be refunded.
B. After the applicant has been accepted for enrollment
The applicant's acceptance for enrollment will be revoked, and the application fee he/she has paid will not be refunded.
C. After the applicant has enrolled in the Global BBA Program
The applicant will be expelled from the program, and neither the application fee nor the required academic fees and expenses he/she has paid will be refunded.
4. If your name is not written consistently across all of your required application documents, make sure to contact NUCB by e-mail with an explanation of the discrepancy.
5. If you are an applicant whose status is "expected graduation from high school," you are required to graduate from high school before the date of our university orientation. If you fail to do so, your enrollment will be cancelled.
6. Unless otherwise noted, all times and dates indicated in the Admissions Procedures for the Global BBA Program are in Japan Standard Time (JST, UTC+09).
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:00, Closed on Saturday and Sunday