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How to make your study abroad application stand out?

Studying abroad can be an incredibly enriching experience for students. Not only do they have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and ways of life, but they also have the chance to expand their academic horizons and gain new perspectives on their chosen field of study. However, with so many students applying for study abroad programs, it can be challenging to stand out from the crowd. In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to make your study abroad application stand out.

Know and focus on your strong points 

One of the easiest ways by which you can make your study abroad application stand out is by knowing your strengths and focusing on them. No one is good at everything and it makes perfect sense to research your strong points and make a note of them. Then, you can highlight these in your application, specifically while writing your personal statement, essays, and letters of recommendation. Make a comprehensive list of your achievements – academic and extra-curricular, social service, or any other special talents you have, and include these in your application. 

Research the program and the university thoroughly 

Before applying to study overseas, it is imperative that you do thorough research on the university, course, and study destination overall. This will not only enhance your knowledge about the different dimensions of your study abroad application but also enable you to make informed and wise decisions. Look into the program’s modules, unit structure, the courses offered, the location of the university, and the variety of student activities and clubs on offer. This will give you a better feel of what to expect and help tailor your application to the program. You can also reach out to the alumni or current students of the program to get a better idea of their experiences and any tips they may have. 

Focus on writing a compelling personal statement and college essays

Your personal statement and university-specific essays are the most important parts of your study abroad application. It is your chance to showcase your personality, your strengths, and your understanding of the course. Be sure to highlight your goals, any relevant experiences, your reasons to study abroad, and what you hope to gain from the program. Be yourself, be authentic, and make sure your passion for the program and the university shines through! 

Get strong letters of recommendation 

Getting strong letters of recommendation can give a significant boost to your study abroad application. It can make all the difference to your chances of succeeding in getting admission to your desired institution and course. Reach out to your teachers, professors, or employers – those who know you well and can speak to your strengths and capabilities. Make sure you give them plenty of time to write the LOR and give them important information about the course you are applying for. 

Show your passion and initiative 

It is important to show initiative and drive in your study abroad application. Volunteering, interning, and participating in various extracurricular activities show the admissions counselors that you are proactive and interested in your chosen field of study. Don’t be afraid to show your personality and your passions in your essays and other application documents. Admissions officers are usually looking for wholesome and well-rounded students who have things going on in their life besides just good scores and academics. 

Thus, it takes time and effort to make your study abroad application stand out. By being mindful of the above-mentioned points, you can improve your chances of not just getting into your dream institution but doing so on a scholarship. The quality of your personal statement and letters of recommendation, the level of research you have put into preparing your application, and demonstrating your passion and personality can make or break your study abroad application. 

How can we help?

At Jitin Chawla’s Centre for Career Development, our experts have been helping students get into their dream universities for the last 22 years. Our counselors are well-versed in the study-abroad admissions process and will guide you to select the universities that suit your profile and interests perfectly. Our profile-building mentors will guide you to the best internships, social projects, and research papers. Our application mentors will help you write impactful personal statements and letters of recommendation. They can help you to narrow down your options and find the best fit.  For more information, schedule a study abroad consultation with us. We will help you make your study abroad application stand out in the best way possible. 

Written by Mr. Prashant Bhatia - Jitin Chawla Team

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