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Examples of application letters (Personal statement)

It is difficult to present a concise summary of international application letters, since few foreign students are willing to share their personal letters. There are, however, numerous online resources where you can find lots of examples and templates of application letters (both good and bad ones). Have a look around on the following data banks for suggestions and inspiration of content and structure, but remember to write your own, unique application. Avoid being too influenced by other people’s writing.

 

The Student Room Personal Statements by Subject:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Category:Personal_Statements_by_Subject

 

Studential Personal Statements:

http://www.studential.com/personalstatements/

 

 

 

Official university rankings

 

The Times (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk)

The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/universityguide)

The Complete University Guide (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/)

 

 

 

Global rankings

 

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/)

 

QS World University Rankings (http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings)

 

 

Useful books (application guides)

 

HEAP 2013: University Degree Course Offers: The Essential Guide to Winning Your Place at University (By the guru Brian Heap) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/HEAP-2013-University-Essential-Winning/dp/1844555143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347387633&sr=8-1)

 

Writing a UCAS Personal Statement in Seven Easy Steps: A Really Useful Guide to Creating a Successful Personal Statement (Dolowicz) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Writing-Personal-Statement-Seven-Steps/dp/1845284518/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347387599&sr=8-1)

 

How to Write a Winning UCAS Personal Statement (Daily Telegraph Guide) (Stannard)(http://www.amazon.co.uk/Write-Winning-Personal-Statement-Telegraph/dp/184455225X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1347387599&sr=8-4)

 

 

Book recommendations (inspiration and good for practicing English)

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Sacks)
  • The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
  • Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities (Wolfe)
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons (Wolfe)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
  • Things Fall Apart (Achebe)
  • Wuthering Heights (Bronte)
  • Great Expectations (Dickens)
  • The Old Man and The Sea (Hemingway)
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Solzhenitsyn)
  • Animal Farm (Orwell)

 

 

Movie recommendations (inspiration and good for practicing English)

  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • 12 Angry Men (1957)
  • 21 (2008)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
  • The Social Network (2010)
  • True Blue (1996)
  • Thank You For Smoking (2005)
  • Thirteen Days (2000)
  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Wonder Boys (2000)
  • Animal House (1978)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)

 

 

Application assistance

 

 

UCAS official guid tat runs you through the most important parts in your UCAS application, step-by-step: (http://ucas.com/students/applying/howtoapply/)

 

UCAS official guidelines for writing a reference letter: (http://www.ucas.com/advisers/online/references)

 

Studential (http://www.studential.com)

 

The Student Room (http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk)

 

Push Guide (http://www.push.co.uk)

 

The Complete University Guide (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk)

 

Blog containing some interesting posts (http://www.momentumcareersadvice.com/category/blog/)

 

Helpful speech about writing a Personal Statement that brings clarity and transparency to the process: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jQ3MJgdkJY)

 

Oxford’s official interview guidelines: (http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate_courses/how_to_apply/interviews/interview_videos.html)

 

 

 

 

Admission test

 

UCAS summary of all admission tests in the UK, and the universities and programmes that require that you take a test: (http://ucas.com/students/choosingcourses/admissions/)

 

The most common tests in the UK:

 

Oxford TSA (http://www.admissionstests.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/adt/tsaoxford)

 

UCL TSA (http://www.admissionstests.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/adt/tsaucl)

 

Law: LNAT (http://www.lnat.ac.uk)

 

Medicine-/dentistry-/veterinary: UKCAT (http://www.ukcat.ac.uk)

 

TOEFL (http://www.ets.org/toefl)

 

 

 

Some other great online resources

 

Khan Academy

Here you’ll find short, free and good video lessons within most academic subjects on offered around the world plus SAT related content. Great way of refreshing your knowledge (and English) before an interview, practice before the SAT test or to learn new things quick and easy.

http://www.khanacademy.org

 

Verbling

A new free online service that allows you to practice languages. Log in and video chat with a random member who is trying to practice your native language. Each chat lasts 10 minutes. A lot of fun!

http://www.verbling.com

 

Global Grant

Apply for scholarships using this well-organised and easy-to-use database.

http://www.globalgrant.com/swe/simple_search.php

 

Academic Earth

A bunch of free online courses from the some of the best schools in the world (Harvard, Yale, MIT, UC Berkeley). Too good to miss out on!

http://www.academicearth.org

 

Stanford eCorner

This website gathers Stanford-lectures relating to entrepreneurship. You can find lectures by the Spotify founder Daniel Ek or the charismatic professor Steve Blank, to name a few.

http://ecorner.stanford.edu

 

MIT Open Courseware

This site allows you to access full MIT courses online. Attend a full MIT-programme from the comfort of your own home, if you wish!

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

 

 

High Quality News Sources

 

 

Student magazines online

 

 

 

Other

About different types of universities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_universities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_brick_universities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_glass_university

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_london

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivy_League

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ivies

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Ivies:_Thirty_Colleges_of_Excellence

 

 

Articles (from the application guide)

http://nymag.com/nymetro/urban/education/features/4579/

http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2012/mar/30/like-much-of-ivy-league-yales-admit-rate-hits-all/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14069516

 

 

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