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Application Guide

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Examples of application letters (College Essays)

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.



College Admission Essay:


50 Successful Harvard Application Essays (click on “Click to Look Inside”):



Official university rankings


US News (

Forbes (



Global rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (

QS World University Rankings (



Useful books (application guides)


The Official SAT Study Guide (College Board) (


Admissions confidential



College Matters guide to getting into the elite college of your dreams



Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Getting into College




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


CollegeBoard: Endless amounts of information about college applications. Some highly valuable application tips and suggestions, admission stats, videos and registration for the SATs: (


CollegeConfidential: An American online forum resembling that of the British “The Student Room”: (


TheU: Funny videos and clips from numerous American colleges that give a good idea about campus life: (



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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 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



Best of Youtube

TYT University (Daily College News)


”Why I chose Yale” – a must see


Epic clips from the movie ”21




About different types of universities


Articles (from the application guide)



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