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Bridging Programme

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Bridging Programme

  • For successful applicants graduating from Year 9, between December and March, NIC offers a full-boarding study option via our Bridging Programme (BP) prior to the official commencement of the high school programme. This enables the most effective use of the student's gap time and helps to prepare students in the transition to the style of learning required in the international programme.
  • 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.
  • The BP runs online in April and on campus from the early May until the end of June and includes a full programme of classes covering Mathematics, Science, English or Japanese.
  • BP classes will be run on a differentiated needs basis according to the needs of individual students. For example, advanced English students will study academic English and intermediate level English students will study communicative English on a more fundamental ESL 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 high school programme.
  • Entry into the BP is restricted to the Year 10 entry point and those applicants graduating from Year 9 between December and March.

Applicant Type Year 9 Grad Application  Stage BP Classes     
Japanese visa or 
passport holders
December - 
Stage 1: Oct 1 – Dec 20
Stage 2: Jan 11 – Mar 20
English, Mathematics, Science
Non-Japanese visa or 
passport holders

Stage 1: Oct 1 – Dec 20
Stage 2: Jan 11 – Apr 1
Japanese or English, Mathematics, Science

Online Bridging Programme - Curriculum Information

English - Communication - CEFR B1 Level

English - Academic Writing - Native Level

Mathematics - Advanced Level

Mathematics - Low-Standard Level