Nitobe School I, II, III, and IV are held in the fifth and sixth periods weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, where around 30 students are adopted. Students study urgent global issues through a small group discussion.

Core Courses

Basics of Team-based Learning (2 Credits) Spring Term

  • Ensuring the Nitobe School’s educational principles and goals, and discussing the importance of “3+1 Competencies”.
  • Comprehend the necessity of the “know-how” and communication tools, which are vital to ensure the best outcomes from a group-based collaboration while to discuss with each member of the team, who has different specialty and values.

Practice of Team-based Learning (2 Credits) Summer Term

  • Improvement of knowledge and skills, which students learned in the Spring Term through working on various exercises concerning the concrete case studies.
  • The students learn the basics of project management and fieldwork and develop their critical thinking through comparing, understanding, and analyzing other’s views on the shared themes

Problem Solving  (2 Credits) Fall Term

  • The students will learn about organizational work and collaboration, which are necessary in solving problems, through a process for proposing solutions to problems set by the teaching staff and for using techniques of Problem-Solving Learning (PSL) in teams.
  • The problems will not be limited to those of individuals and businesses. The students will address such problems as those whose solution will bring creative value to society.

Problem Finding (2 Credits) Winter Team

  • Through Project-Based Learning (PBL) in teams, the students will experience the project process from finding problems by themselves, to analyzing the causes, surveying and assessing existing solutions, and proposing their own solutions.
  • For some special problems, teaching staff and representatives from local communities and businesses with specialized knowledge will collaborate in this course.

Nitobe School English

Nitobe School English I, II, III, and IV courses are designed to boost students’ communication abilities in English through a combination of intensive team discussions, oral presentations, and academic and business writing. The native-speaking instructors adopt innovative approaches to create new opportunities for students to command greater power of communication in the universal language.

Annual schedule of Basic Program

Some classes will be offered on Saturday.


March — April Orientations for Prospective Students
March — April Application Period
May — June Spring Term “Basics of Team-based Learning” (Compulsory)
June — August Summer Term “Practice of Team-based Learning”
Sep. — Nov. Fall Term “Problem Solving”, Scholarship Payment
Nov. — Jan. Winter Term “Problem Finding”