Your study abroad application includes an important statement of purpose section. Universities place high value on statement of purpose for taking decision on your application.
Guidelines to Write a SOP
The Statement of Purpose must focus on future career plans, reason for taking this course and your past study. It should give an overview about yourself, your mindset and also your quality of English.
SOP should include:
- The reason why you wish to study your chosen subject
- Any experience you have to past study related to your chosen subject.
- Any employment experience.
- The reasons you wish to study in the the foreign country
- Your ambitions / goals / expectations.
- Personal and other areas of interest (Hobbies, sports, social or leisure).
- Any other information, which you feel, will support your application
EIC mentions below in brief, steps that you can use to draft a good statement of purpose. Please note that these are only guidelines and are not intended to stifle your creativity. Our purpose in giving you these guidelines is to give you a sense of direction in terms of the required content.
The first paragraph could consist of your name, a personal philosophy/motto if you like, information about your personality, your area of strength and finally your personal interests (hobbies/sports). You could also use this as an opportunity to acknowledge your family to be the source of motivation, encouragement and tremendous support.
In chronological order, mention all of your academic achievements with the respective dates. Include projects, research, internships and training undertaken during your period of study connected to your proposed area of study. Mention your academic strengths, highlighting achievements and receipt of any awards, rank and scholarships in the relevant field if applicable.
In case of relevant work experience, a connection must be established with the proposed course of study. In the event of break in employment, mention and provide an explanation for the same. If you are working with the family business, highlight the scope and application of the proposed course of study in relation to the family’s business interests.
Highlight Purpose for Proposed Course of Study
Mention the actual reasons for taking the proposed course, properly indicating your wish to specialize in the particular field as applicable. Highlight the reasons for choosing the foreign country as well as the particular institution of study.
You will have to explain explicitly why you want to pursue your chosen course of study in the Institution in foreign country and how on its completion, it will help you in your career pathways. This point is absolutely essential and it must be explained very clearly. Mention your career aspirations, both short-term and long-term and how the abroad qualification will help you achieve them. Also mention your plans upon your return to India, whether you have a family business to return to or if you wish to join a firm or set up a business concern of your own. Please remember that your goals should be concrete and realistic and based on sound inferences.
Finally you can mention how you did find about the programme at the university you are applying for and any special reasons in choosing the same .Conclude by requesting the Institution to admit you into the program of your choice.
Your study abroad application for many universities includes an important essay section. Universities place high value on essays for taking decision on your application. Be sure to take the time to prepare a strong essay that reflects your ability to organize and express your thoughts clearly.
Your Essay should
- Fit the theme
- Answer the underlying question
- Share your life experience
It is important to select a write essay topic from the choice of topics given by the university.
Guidelines to Write an Essay
1. Keep it Personal & Professional
Talk about yourself, your academics, and your personal and professional goals.
2. Stay Positive
You want the person reading your essay to walk away feeling good. If you really want to mention something negative, make sure you end in an uplifting way and emphasize personal growth over personal tragedy.
3. Be Original
I know it’s hard but try to avoid overused phrases like “I want to try new things”.
4. Use Correct Grammar & Proofread
Sloppy essays make you look sloppy or like you don’t care. Not the way you want to present yourself to the admissions committee.
5. Focus on Quality.
Cut out all those sentences that don’t really mean anything.
6. Demonstrate Your Maturity & Independence
How can the admissions committee be sure you have the maturity to handle study abroad? Consider talking about how you have handled other transition periods in your life or anything that speaks to your independence.
7. Include Past Experiences
Prior language training, related extracurricular involvement, etc.
8. Be Specific
What makes this study abroad program special? You can get “new experiences” and “exposure to another culture” in any program. Does your program have a certain class, extracurricular opportunity, living arrangement that you are interested in?
9. Be Focused
Other factors go into application decisions such as GPA and recommendations. Don’t kill yourself over writing this study abroad essay. Just keep it clear, mature, and to the point and you’ll be fine.
10. Get it Done on Time. (Actually, get it done early!)
If you wait until the last minute to write your study abroad essay you’ll be too busy putting the entire application together to make it good. Get it done early to avoid mistakes and ensure high quality.