We get a lot of requests for help in applying for university courses in English speaking countries such as the UK, Australia and the USA or countries where the requirement is to be fluent in English such as Japan and Korea.
The main obstacle is the oft dreaded Statement of Purpose (SoP) where a candidate sets out, in a short essay, their suitability for being considered for that course. This can be daunting for even educated native speakers of English and the challenge for non-native speakers is often overwhelming. A SoP that is ill-thought out and badly written can mean, in a highly competitive field, failure to get to the university of one´s dreams. What to do? Pay someone to write the whole application process, including the SoP? Well, no. If the college authorities find out a student has cheated and not written the application themselves it could lead to them being expelled from the university. You must write it for yourself.
Here then are some tips when setting down your SoP.
Your reasons for choosing the course
- The aspects of your chosen course that interest you most
- Any work experience, placement or voluntary work you have undertaken, particularly if it is relevant to your subject. Include the skills and abilities you have gained from these activities
- How your choice of course fits in with your future career plans
- Why you would like to study in the UK/USA etc.
- Details of any non-examination activities you have undertaken in preparation for higher education
- Your social, sports and leisure interests
- If you have taken, or are planning to take, a year out - please give your reasons why
- If you are not currently in full-time education, please give details of your current or previous employment
- Also include evidence to demonstrate that you can successfully complete a higher education course that is taught in English.
After that send the document to AE for an assessment and a little gentle editing and ... get ready to pack!
Until next time.