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Nagoya University of Commerce and Business


Nisshin, Japan


The Nagoya University of Commerce & Business (名古屋商科大学 Nagoya shōka daigaku), abbreviated as NUCB, is a Japanese private university located in Nisshin, Aichi within the Tokai region of Japan. The founder of NUCB, Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto, was the first Japanese person to graduate from the University of Alberta in 1930. Originally established in March 1935 as the Nagoya Tetsudo Gakko, a vocational railway school, it was later reorganized under the newly formed Kurimoto Educational Institute in 1951. NUCB gained university status in 1953 and was the first undergraduate institution in Japan to achieve AACSB accreditation. NUCB's main campus, Nisshin Nagakute, is set in the beautiful Nisshin countryside just outside of Nagoya City with almost 3,000 students and over 100 faculty. It is the only university in Japan to offer a BBA degree taught 100% in English. NUCB Business School's graduate programs are taught at their downtown campus in central Nagoya city.

Academic Areas of Expertise/Focus:

Commerce / Business / Management


BCom, MBA or Dual Degree

Available Spots:

4 semester spots/academic year

Special Admission Requirements:

Due to policies in place at NUCB, the exchange program to this destination is not open to students originally from or with Japanese citizenship.

Approximate Term Dates:

Semester 1: March/April - July
Semester 2: September - January
*each semester is divided into two 7-week terms; 4-5 courses are completed within each term.

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Full-time Course Load: 8-10 courses/semester (equivalent to 12-15 UofA credits)

Language(s) of Instruction: English
*exchange students will not be allowed to take Japanese taught courses except in specific cases. JLPT 3 level of Japanese is required.

Course Restrictions: Only Global BBA, MIM and MBA classes are offered in English


General Information for Exchange Students (undergraduate)

General Information for Exchange Students (graduate)

Course Options (BBA)

Housing Information


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Special Funding:

Yuichi Kurimoto Memorial Awards to be awarded annually to Bachelor of Commerce students for participation on exchange to NUCB

NUCB Housing Scholarship - available to undergraduate or graduate students from ASB based primarily on GPA. Valued at JPY ¥10,000 - ¥40,000 to be used towards the cost of residence hall accommodation at NUCB

JASSO Scholarship - to be applied for by the host institution on behalf of the student upon acceptance. Funding is provided by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

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"Studying abroad in Japan was probably one of the best decisions that I have made throughout my undergraduate degree."

"Aside from a few cultural adjustments, my overall experience living on my own for the first time in a foreign country was seamless thanks to the kind and helpful staff at NUCB. Most of the administrative aspects (e.g. health insurance, living arrangements) were organized for us which made the experience so much easier."

"Being in a place such as Japan for a year proved to be the ultimate test of motivation, trust, and patience. I am confident that I have grown in ways that would not be possible if I had stayed at the University of Alberta for my third year. That being said, most of my most memorable experiences were had outside of the university. Frankly, I was disappointed with the overall structure and academic level at NUCB."