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Global BBA (GBBA) Admission

NUCB Undergraduate school welcomes almost 200 international students each year from more than 35 different nationalities. Admissions are blind to nationality and Japanese nationals are welcome to apply.

Program Overview

  • Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Language: English (Japanese Language: Not required)
  • Campus: Nisshin/Nagakute
  • Enrolment: Spring (April) & Autumn (September)
  • Eligible Nationalities: All
  • Transfer: Second Year・Third Year Possible


The following qualifications represent the minimum criteria for admission. Meeting the qualifications does not guarantee admission. Applicants must satisfy one of the conditions below:

  • Completed, or are expected to complete, 12 years or more of formal education
  • Those who hold, or are expected to pass the university admission qualification examination (International Baccalaureate, A-levels, Abitur, etc.)
  • Others who have at least the equivalent qualifications as points 1 or 2 above (please contact the admissions team in advance)

※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 Proficiency

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: 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.

Please contact admissions if you have evidence of other English proficiency scores such as A-level, TEPS, HKDSE, MUET, GEPT etc. Students may also use Initial View or Vericant as an additional way to showcase English proficiency.

TOEFL scores can 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.

Interviews & Exams

An interview and written exam are required of all applicants. Domestic applicants (residents of Japan) must come to one of NUCB's campuses. For residents outside of Japan, we will use online conference software.

Standardized Testing

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: 7963
  • AP / ACT Code: 4627
  • IB Code: 038743


Application Deadlines

Interview dates are scheduled within 3 weeks after all application documents have been received.

Admission for 2021

Stage Spring Autumn
1 2020 Jun 8 ~ Jun 15 2020 Oct 12 ~ Oct 19
2 2020 Jul 13 ~ Jul 20 2020 Nov 09 ~ Nov 16
3 2020 Sep 7 ~ Sep 18 2020 Nov 30 ~ Dec 07
4 2020 Oct 12 ~ Oct 19 2021 Jan 11 ~ Jan 18
5 2020 Nov 09 ~ Nov 16 2021 Feb 1 ~ Feb 8
6 2020 Nov 30 ~ Dec 07 2021 Mar 1 ~ Mar 8
7 2021 Jan 11 ~ Feb 08 * 2021 Apr 05 ~ Apr 12
8 --- 2021 May 10 ~ Jun 07
9 --- 2021 Jun 07 ~ Jul 12 *

Admission for 2022

Stage Spring Autumn
1 2021 Jun 7 ~ Jun 14 2021 Oct 11 ~ Oct 18
2 2021 Jul 12 ~ Jul 19 2021 Nov 8 ~ Nov 15
3 2021 Sep 6 ~ Sep 17 2021 Nov 29 ~ Dec 6
4 2021 Oct 11 ~ Oct 18 2022 Jan 10 ~ Jan 17
5 2021 Nov 8 ~ Nov 15 2022 Jan 31 ~ Feb 7
6 2021 Nov 29 ~ Dec 6 2022 Feb 28 ~ Mar 7
7 2022 Jan 10 ~ Feb 07 * 2022 Apr 4 ~ Apr 11
8 --- 2022 May 9 ~ Jun 06
9 --- 2022 Jun 06 ~ Jul 8 *


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

Written Exam 

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.


Those domestically can choose to have their interview in Osaka or Tokyo via video Conference technology or come to the Nisshin / Nagakute campus for in-person interviews. Overseas applicants can use Skype, Zoom or Google Meets.

Why does NUCB interview?

As NUCB uses the 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 homework on the curriculum of the GBBA program and why in particular you have chosen our school. Other questions will include the chance for you to showcase that you have the ability to excel in an active learning environment. Finally, the professors would like to know how we can help you to meet your future career goals. Don't worry, 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.

Admission Policy

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.)

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