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Admissions Guideline

NIC welcomes students from all backgrounds who have a strong belief in their capacity to learn and grow and are motivated to reach their highest academic and individual potential. Ideal candidates will be highly inquisitive and positively inclined towards learning from and working with a diverse cohort of students and teachers.

NIC has adopted a rolling admission policy and reviews enrollment applications as they arrive on a rolling basis. Due to the recruitment capacity of the school being limited to 75 students at the year level, we strongly recommend that applicants submit their application documents as early as possible.

Steps from Application to Admission

  • STEP 1

    Admissions Guide

    Read the Admissions Guide to confirm eligibility and understanding of the school's admissions process and philosophies.

  • STEP 2

    Online Application

    Complete the online application form and the following documents prior to the end of the application Stage:
    - Essay (500 words in English - 'Why would you like to come to NIC?')
    - Academic transcripts for the past 3 years including attendance records
    - Evidence of English proficiency (for non-native English speakers)
    - Two copies of reference letter
    Academic reference from a teacher
    Character reference (other than a family member or guardian)

    Additional documents for international application
    - Passport photocopy (face, name, passport number displayed)
    - Financial statement indicating capacity of parent or guardian to support the applicant for the duration of the programme. These documents may include bank statements, tax documents that show annual income, or other financial holdings.

  • STEP 3

    Application Payment

    The application fee is paid within 5 working days after completion of the online application.
    ※ If payment is not confirmed by the last day of application, the application will be cancelled.

  • STEP 4

    Online Examination

    We will notify you of the results of the document screening within two weeks of receiving your application. Applicants who pass the document screening will be required to take an online examination as the first stage of the application process.

  • STEP 5

    Interviews for Selected Students

    Applicants who pass the first round will be contacted within one week for interviews.

  • STEP 6

    Application Result Issued

    The applicant is notified of the result within one week after the interview.

  • STEP 7

    Admission Confirmation Payment

    The successful applicant confirms enrollment with NIC via payment of the admission fee prior within 7 working days of receipt of the acceptance notification via email.

※ Online application form will be accessible commencing from November 2021 here



Admissions Process & Timelines

Applications start from 1st November 2021 (Applications will be reviewed as they arrive on a rolling basis)


Applicants must satisfy the following conditions as minimum requirements for admission. Meeting these conditions does not guarantee admission.

・The date of birth must be between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2007*
*If you are enrolled in an article one Japanese school, your date of birth must be between April 2, 2006 and April 1, 2007
・Must have graduated from junior high school or equivalent
・Year 10 (Pre-IB) entry: Have completed at least 9 years of formal education in elementary, secondary education by August of the year of admission
・The applicant meets other high school entrance requirements set by the Japanese Ministry Of Education

Note on Dual-diploma eligibility: All applicants studying for the full three years in the NIC programme are eligible for graduation in both the IB Diploma Programme and Japanese High School Diploma. For Applicants entering the NIC programme from Year 11, it cannot be guaranteed that their Year 10 programme of studies, undertaken in another school, will be recognised as meeting the Japanese High School Diploma requirements by the relevant Japanese educational authority.

English Proficiency

Non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum language proficiency level according to their entry point as indicated in the internationally recognized standardised tests table below;

Bridging Programme Pre-Int Prog Y10 Int Prog Y11-12
CEFR B1 B2 C1, C2
B1 Preliminary for Schools
B2 First for Schools
B2 First for Schools
IELTS 4.5-5 5.5-7 7.5~
TOEFL iBT 57 62-96 98~
EIKEN 2 Pre-1 1
Duolingo 60-85 90-115 120~

Application fee

JPY 20,000

Selection Process

All applicants must complete the entrance selection process. This includes the following components:

  1. Application screening to confirm English level and suitability criteria.

  2. English Essay. This is a 500 word essay written as a response to the following question; Why would you like to join NIC and why do you think that you are suitable for NIC?

  3. Online cognitive ability test. This is accessed via a link sent to the applicant’s email account. For applicants in a similar time zone to Japan, the test time is established and the test is invigilated via an online streaming service such as Zoom or Skype. For those applicants who wish to access the test in a timezone that is quite different to Japan, the test will need to be invigilated by one of the applicant's current teachers. In this case, the test invigilator must send a signed statement, written on a school. letterhead with contact details, following the test, confirming the integrity of the examination process on behalf of the applicant.

  4. Online or on-campus interview. The applicant and parent/guardian have the option of either coming to NIC campus in Nisshin, Nagoya or taking their interview online via Skype or Zoom. During the interview the applicant and parent/guardian may be asked questions pertaining to their capacity to complete the programme, ideals, values, motivations and the written statement.

Admission Procedure

a)    Applicant confirms enrolment with NIC via payment of the admission fee prior within 7 working days of receipt of the acceptance notification via email
b)    NIC commences the visa application process for non-Japanese visa or passport holders
c)    Student arrives on campus in late August and is assigned a dormitory room
d)    Orientations commence in the first week of September
e)    Classes commence in week one of September

Bridging Programme - Pre-Commencement Option

For applicants graduating from Year 9, between December and March, NIC offers study options via the Bridging Programme (BP), prior to the official commencement of the high school programme, to enable the most effective use of the gap time. The BP is designed to support the individual circumstances of applicants following their acceptance into the high school programme proper via the standard entrance examination process. BP courses run from the early April until the end of June and classes are conducted over a normal school day period from Monday to Friday. Courses available in the BP are outlined in the table below and they are run on a differentiated basis according to the needs of individual students. For example, advanced English students study may academic English and intermediate level English students may study communicative English on a more fundamental language-building basis. The Japanese language BP option will allow students coming from overseas to both adjust to the culture in a more expedient manner and also better prepare the student for that language option in the international programme. Entry into the BP is restricted to the Year 10 entry point and those applicants graduating from Year 9 between December and March.

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