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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:


Studential Personal Statements:




Official university rankings


The Times (

The Guardian (

The Complete University Guide (




Global rankings


Times Higher Education World University Rankings (


QS 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) (


Writing a UCAS Personal Statement in Seven Easy Steps: A Really Useful Guide to Creating a Successful Personal Statement (Dolowicz) (


How to Write a Winning UCAS Personal Statement (Daily Telegraph Guide) (Stannard)(



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: (


UCAS official guidelines for writing a reference letter: (


Studential (


The Student Room (


Push Guide (


The Complete University Guide (


Blog containing some interesting posts (


Helpful speech about writing a Personal Statement that brings clarity and transparency to the process: (


Oxford’s official interview guidelines: (





Admission test


UCAS summary of all admission tests in the UK, and the universities and programmes that require that you take a test: (


The most common tests in the UK:


Oxford TSA (




Law: LNAT (


Medicine-/dentistry-/veterinary: UKCAT (






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.



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!


Global Grant

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


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!


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.


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!



High Quality News Sources



Student magazines online





About different types of universities



Articles (from the application guide)



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