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Bridging Programme

For successful applicants graduating from Year 9, NIC offers a full-boarding study option via our Bridging Programme (BP) before 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 for the transition to the style of learning required in the international programme. The programme 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 classes will be run on a differentiated basis according to the needs of individual students. For example, advanced English students will study English for academic writing and intermediate-level English students will study English for pragmatic communication.


From early April to the end of June each year.

Who can participate?

Students entering G10 at NIC in September, who have graduated from middle school (Grade 9) between December of the previous year and March of the year of entry.

Details of the programme

While staying in the school's Boarding House for three months from April to June, students take intensive classes in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts, aiming not only to improve their English language skills but also to acquire the necessary skills to facilitate their school life after entering school, such as international standard learning methods and regular lifestyle habits.

Japanese Language BP

The Japanese language BP option will allow students coming from overseas to adjust to the culture in a more expedient manner and also better prepare the students for that second language option in the high school programme. It also prepares students from abroad to adjust smoothly to life in Japan and to broaden their language choices in the upper secondary school curriculum.

Bridging Programme - Curriculum Information

  • English A: Academic Writing - CEFR C1 and native speaker level or Japanese B (option)
  • English B: Productive language skills - CEFR B1 and B2 levels
  • Humanities: History, Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences: Biology, Physics, Chemistry
  • Arts: Visual Arts, Music