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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.

The Admission process and entrance examinations are described below.

Steps from Application to Admission

  • STEP 1


    Complete the Pre-Application Form to confirm your eligibility. If you qualify to apply for admission, you will be granted access to the Online Application Portal.

  • STEP 2

    Online Application

    Within two weeks, pay the non-refundable application fee, complete the Application Form and submit online the following documents:
    ・Personal Information & Declaration Form (online)
    ・English essay (500 words on ‘What motivates you to enter NIC, and what values and leadership skills can you bring to the learning community at NIC?’)
    ・Academic transcript – most recent
    ・Attendance record for Years 7 to 9
    ・Reference (x2): preferably, at least one of the references should be from a teacher/educator or someone who can evaluate the applicant from an academic perspective (school, cram-school or extracurricular activities). References must be from a non-family member.
    *Reference template can be downloaded from the Online Application portal.
    ・Evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Duolingo, EIKEN etc, not required for applicants who have undergone the previous 3 years of schooling in English)
    ・Combined annual tax statements from parents/guardians (Optional - Provided to determine eligibility for NIC scholarships)
    ・Japan residence card photocopy (For non-Japanese passport holders currently residing in Japan)
    ・Applicant's photo: colour, portrait style photo from the waist up, taken within the last 3 months, facing front with no hat
    ・Family photo: colour, horizontal photo taken within the last 3 months

    Additional documents for international application
    - Passport photocopy (face, name, passport number displayed)
    - Financial statement indicating the 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

    Document screening

    Document screening results will be notified within two weeks of receiving the complete application.

  • STEP 4

    Online Examination

    Applicants who pass the document screening will be required to take the CAT4 online examination.

  • STEP 5

    Interviews for Selected Students

    Applicants who pass the first stage of the examination will be contacted within one week for interviews.

  • STEP 6

    Application Result Issued

    The applicant is notified of the result within 2 weeks after the interview.

  • STEP 7

    Admission Confirmation Payment

    The successful applicant confirms enrollment with NIC via payment of the admission fee within 14 working days of receipt of the acceptance notification via email.

Online Pre-Application


75 students

Admissions Process & Timelines

There are five application periods per year. Please refer to the table below for details.
Applications will be closed as soon as places are filled.

Japanese visa or passport holders (JVP)
Stage1: November 1 – December 20
Stage2: January 7 – January 30
Stage3: February 3 – February 27
Stage4: March 7 – April 24
Stage5: May 6 – May 29
Non-Japanese visa or passport holders (NJVP)
Stage1: November 1 – December 20
Stage2: January 7 – January 30
Stage3: February 3 – February 27
Stage4: March 7 – April 3
Stage5: April 14 – May 15


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

  • The Applicant’s date of birth must be between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2007. For students currently enrolled in an Article 1 Japanese school, the date of birth must be between April 2, 2006 and April 1, 2007

  • Meet at least one of the following requirements:
    -The Applicant must have graduated from a Japanese middle school or its equivalent.
    -The Applicant must have completed at least 9 years of formal education at primary and secondary levels by August in 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 4.0-5.0 5.5-6.0 6.5~
TOEFL iBT 42-71 72-94 95~
EIKEN 2 Pre-1 1
Duolingo 60-85 90-115 120~

Application fee

JPY 20,000

Admission Selection

  1. Application documents screening

  2. Online cognitive ability test [CAT4] (approximately 2 hours 35 minutes). 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 the home school letterhead, with contact details, confirming the integrity of the examination process on behalf of the applicant.

  3. Online or on-campus interview. The applicant and parent/guardian have the option of either coming to the NIC campus 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

  1.    Applicant confirms enrolment with NIC via payment of the admission fee prior within 14 working days of receipt of the acceptance notification via email
  2.    NIC commences the Certificate of Eligibility application process for non-Japanese visa or passport holders
  3.    Student arrives on campus in late August and is assigned a dormitory room
  4.    Student attends the orientation session
  5.    Classes commence in week one of September

Bridging Programme - Pre-Commencement Option

What is the Bridging Programme?

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.
*In some cases, participation in the BP may be a requirement for enrollment.

Subjects taught

English (ESL)
Social Science
Academic English
Japanese (JSL)
Physical Education