8 tips for completing your Nexford application

Stefanie Kir
14.02.2019·6 min read

Maximize your success from day one and learn how to submit the perfect Nexford application

Congratulations! You’ve decided to further your education, strive for your career goals, and apply for Nexford.

So how do you make your application the best it can be? We asked our faculty and academic advisors to share their top tips for how to:

  • Make your application the best it can be
  • Ensure you get a quick decision
  • Choose your start date (there’s one every month!)
  • Pass the English proficiency test
  • Find support where you need it.

We’ll walk you through the journey from start to finish and help you prepare for each stage of the application process.

Tip 1: Choose the right program for you

When you press “apply”, you’ll see three options:

  • University degree – choose this if you want to take a full MBA, BBA or AAS degree
  • Professional certificate – choose this if you’re interested in a standalone certificate
  • Single course – choose this if you want to upskill with a single course.

Choose the option that matches your skillset and experience.

Want to know more about the programs and learning at Nexford? A little background knowledge goes a long way! Nexford’s Director of Learner Enrollment Management & University Registrar, Dr Raul Galarza, recommends you “Explore our website and get to know the program you’re applying for.”

“Read up on the admission requirements, flexible pace, and how you’ll develop skills. The more you know now, the better prepared you are when you apply.”

Tip 2: Get your supporting documents ready

There are some documents you must submit, and some we highly recommend. Try to make sure all your documents are translated into English before you upload them. Dr Galarza notes that “this makes it easier and quicker for us to process your application, so you’ll get your result sooner. We can organize free, in-house translations, but it may take a bit longer to receive your result.”

You’ll also need to upload your academic transcript. Nexford’s Admissions Officer, Sandra Honorio, suggests:

“Make sure your academic history shows your highest level of education."

If you’re applying for a BBA or AAS, that’s most likely your high school certificate. If you’re applying for an MBA, it will be your undergraduate degree.

Tip 3: Upload your photo

We’ll ask that you upload a photo ID, so we can verify your identity. Your passport is your best option here – if you submit a national identity card, it may take longer to process your application.

Your photo ID should:

  • Show your most recent legal name
  • Be written in English
  • Be valid within the past two years.

Tip 4: Help us know you better

Online learning doesn’t mean you’re alone, and you can introduce yourself to faculty and success advisors during your application. The documents you upload can tell a story about your life, career and education. The more we know about you and your history, the more we can help you succeed at Nexford. Sandra explains, “If you’ve studied somewhere else, or you have a lot of professional experience, you can upload your CV or certificates.”

“Help us get to know you better! Your Success Advisor can create a personalized study plan, and we can check Nexford is a good fit for your career goals.”

Tip 5: Pass your English language test

English is essential, both at Nexford and in the global workforce. We want you to succeed, so it’s important that you’re proficient in written and verbal English. If you’ve taken an English language test, such as the TOEFL or IELTS within the past two years, you can upload your results. If not, we’ll ask you to take a free online EF Standard English Test.

You don’t need to study for the test, but there are some things you can do to prepare:

  • Set aside 50 minutes, as you’ll need to complete it in one sitting
  • Check that you have a stable internet connection
  • Find a room without any distractions (away from colleagues and children!).

Once you’ve finished, you’ll get your score straight away. We also provide writing mentorship during your Nexford program. Dr Galarza states that, “if your English isn’t perfect, that’s okay! We just want to check you meet our minimum score so you’ll feel comfortable learning at Nexford.

“You’ll have access to plenty of support, mentorship and writing resources as part of our Comm2 Writing Lab, which helps you develop your English for future jobs.”

Tip 6: Pay your application fee

There are two types of fees you’ll pay at Nexford:

  • Your $25 application fee, which you’ll pay during your application
  • Your monthly tuition fee, which you’ll pay in three-month installments.

We calculate your tuition at a competitive, affordable rate for your country, so choose the correct location when you’re applying.

Are you having trouble paying because of financial concerns or technical difficulties? You can always contact the Admissions Team at admissions@nexford.org

We’re here to help you!

Tip 7: Put the decision date in your calendar

After you submit your application, you’ll receive a decision in four to seven days.

If you’re successful, you’ll receive an offer letter! Its contents will tell you that you’ve been accepted to Nexford, and can now enroll and choose your start date. Don’t wait too long before you enroll, suggests Sandra.

“Programs start on the first of each month. You can choose to start now, or in the future.”

She continues, “whenever you plan to start, make sure you choose the date as soon as you get your offer letter. If you wait too long, you might miss the enrollment deadline and have to wait until next month.”

If you’re unsuccessful, we’ll make sure to tell you why and give you tips on how to improve, says Dr Galarza. “Sometimes learners aren’t quite ready to start at Nexford, but we let them know why,” he says.

“If you're not quite ready, you can go and brush up on your soft skills, English or qualifications so you’re a stronger candidate when you apply again."

Tip 8: Design your MBA pathway

This tip only applies to you if you’re enrolled on our MBA.

If you have a degree in business, you can enter into your MBA straight away.

If you don’t have a business degree, you’ll enroll in four Foundation Courses. These courses provide the base skills you’ll need for the broader MBA. Each course takes 6-8 weeks; at the end you can start taking MBA courses.

Not sure which pathway applies to you? Choose the right route from the start, says Dr Galarza. “You may not be able to go back later, which means you might waste time and money going down a route that’s not right for you.”

Whatever you do,

"We’re always here to answer your questions and recommend a pathway.”

If you want to know more about the application process, read our handy admissions checklist

About the Author

Stefanie Kir

Stefanie is a copywriter at Nexford University, and is passionate about creating global change.

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