Nagoya University of Commerce & Business was originally established in 1935, the first undergraduate institution in Japan. It was founded with the Faculty of Commerce established in 1953. The founder of the university, Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto, had in mind the idea of a school that is focused on fostering innovative business education, which was crucial to the contribution to the post-war economic growth of Japan.

Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto, founder of NUCB

It is also one of the 5% universities worldwide that receive the AACSB accreditation.

The goal of the university is to educate globally-minded students. The mission is Frontier Spirit, where the school aims at creating leaders rather than followers, who don’t give up easily and always seek to contribute to humanity, education and society.

Teaching and Learning

Compared to traditional learning methods, students at NUCB stand out with their critical thinking, problem-solving skills, a keen sense of judgment and reasoning, as well as a broad perspective regarding social issues. NUCB adopts two unique teaching methods, which are Active Learning and Case Study. Students have to spend time studying the case, practice public speaking and deliver the presentations with preparation and confidence.

With a strict attendance and grading policy, NUCB ensures a rigorous study environment where students are expected to put great effort into their studies and deliver excellent outcomes. 

Programs for International Students

Undergraduate Programs 

There is one undergraduate program for English speakers offered by NUCB.

Bachelor of Business Administration (Global BBA)

The program employs the case study method where students participate actively in group discussions, presentations and teamwork. It places equal focus on business knowledge and soft skills.

All of the skills that are crucial for adaptation in a professional business environment are paid close attention to in the program. 

The average class size is 35 students, which is typical in a business school. Students have ample opportunities to get to know classmates, engage in the discussed topics and receive close guidance from instructors. 

The Global BBA curriculum is very broad and covers many aspects of business, ranging from operations management, accounting, marketing research, economics, etc. With a flexible academic calendar that operates on a quarterly basis, students are encouraged to take advantage of their student time by going on overseas exchange, taking up internships, or even doing a double degree before their graduation.

By the time of the graduation, NUCB undergraduate students are more likely to have a good kick start ahead of their peers with working experience and important skills.

Graduate Programs 

There are two MBA programs that are suitable for English speakers offered by NUCB.

Executive MBA (EMBA)

The Executive MBA program requires 8 years of work experience. For managers who have already had experience in their own specializations. The program aims at training leaders and executives in globally and locally active companies.

A unique characteristic of the program is that it recognizes essential skills to become leaders is an attitude to generate change within the organization. Students can train their judgment skills and learn from business decisions of other leaders through studying case studies with the guidance of experienced instructors in the program.


The MBA program requires 3 years of work experience. MBA students get to develop their organizational skills as well as management skills through analyzing case studies and applying business administration frameworks. The classes are run on weekends, which allow the students to maximize their available time and directly apply what they have learned into the real workplace. Another noticeable component is The Innovation Project in which students can analyze their study results and check their progress on their improvements. About the curriculum, MBA students will acquire a holistic view of business management as a whole field, but also focus on eight essential fields of commerce and company organization.


Nagoya is the third-largest city in Japan after Tokyo and Osaka. It is home to the famous Nagoya Castle and is often known for its thriving automobile manufacturing industry.

The Greater Nagoya area is a safe, clean place that is the combination of old and modern values. On campus, there are sports facilities that cater to many sports clubs at NUCB, which include but are not limited to two baseball fields, seven tennis courts, a soccer pitch, an American football field, an archery range, and a gymnasium.

NUCB also has advanced and high-quality learning facilities to cater to the studies and research needs of students. The Active Learning Center, built in 1988 is well equipped with modern technology where students can use notebook computers. The IT Center is also available for students who need help with technical issues.

Central Information Center hosts the latest multimedia tools for teaching with 210,000 books and valuable references for students to consult.


Nisshin campus of NUCB is located about 40 minutes from downtown Nagoya. The calm and quiet environment of the campus is ideal for students who want to concentrate on their studies. 

 Living expenses in Nagoya are 20-30% cheaper than in Tokyo and Osaka. The estimated monthly cost of living ranges between 94,000 ~ 104,000 JPY, depending on the lifestyle of the student. 

Dormitories are guaranteed for students throughout four years of their studies. Full-time undergraduate students on the GBBA program will be allocated to Sanbongi or Sagamine dormitories. 

Sanbongi Dormitory is 2km from NUCB Nisshin campus and only available to female students. Sanbongi Campus Dormitory is similar to Sanbongi Dormitory, and only available to male students. Sagamine Mansion is within similar distance to NUCB campus as Sanbongi.


As the name suggests, NUCB boasts a strong variety of programs in training students to be business leaders in the 21st century. With an in-depth curriculum and unique case study methods that foster creative thinking, NUCB programs are expected to take off even further in the future with more curious and eager international students joining the programs.