Information for NCC Study 2024 -2025

About NCC

NCC is a 4-year liberal arts college founded in 1861. It has more than 100 majors and programs from which undergraduates can choose! It also has an English Language Institute for international students. The English Department at the Faculty of Education and NCC have had an exchange program since 2004. For the 2024 – 2025 academic year (Starting in August, 2024), there is an opportunity for two to three students to study at NCC for one or two semesters.

Basic Information
  • Number of students: About 3000
  • Student backgrounds: 26 states, 20 countries
  • Standard class size: 19
  • Faculty to Student ratio: 1:14
  • Location: Naperville, Illinois
  • Home page:

Schedule and Application Process

January/February, 2024: Explanation

February : Candidates confirm requirements
February 16: Submit to James Hall your intention to apply on Google Forms. It should include:
– A statement of your intention to apply and explaining why you are a good candidate. (Within one page)
– Your transcript
– A copy of your most recent TOEFL Score (If you have taken the test)
April 1: James reports the candidate(s) to NCC
May 1: Application to NCC, TOEFL Score of over 520
August 2024 to January, 2025 OR August, 2024 to May, 2025: Go to NCC!

Necessary Qualifications/ Characteristics

  • A solid academic record (A GPA of over 2.3).
  • A TOEFL Score of over 520.
  • Sufficient English proficiency to take university classes in the US.
  • Independent: The NCC program supervisors will support students who want to study at NCC. However, the candidate should be able to get everything done without being told to do something. In addition the candidate should be able to think about how to do the difficult tasks necessary to enter NCC before asking for help. This includes:
    • handling the challenges of the application process for NCC (visa, medical records, etc.)
    • planning their stay at NCC (Look at the online course catalogue, determine what they will do for the vacations, decide what they want to research).
    • understanding their remaining required credits for graduating before and after going to NCC and how this impacts the timing of their graduation.
  • A JASSO scholarship is available, but the applicant should understand the expenses and have a plan for funding their stay.
  • The applicant should be willing to write an ePortfolio for the いわて『Glocal』教育人材育成プログラム, which is a condition for their JASSO scholarship.

Information about 2024 – 2025 from NCC


Life at NCC

These are must-reads! These are diary entries written by Iwate University students studying at NCC

* I highly recommend that you read Haruka’s ePortfolio on the いわて『Glocal』教育人材育成プログラム Developing Glocal Leaders site about her life and learning at NCC. The site required registration. Second and third-year students who have taken ETM are already registered.

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