Writing a special essay on studying abroad: examples and tips
In some cases getting to study in another country may feel as difficult as college applications. First, you need to make a choice regarding which country to study in, then choose the right program, put your references in order and then work on a personal statement and an essay on why you made this choice.
The personal statement and essay are absolutely crucial to the success of your application for a program enabling you to study in another country. The reason is that all such programs want to have control over who represents them abroad. They need to find out why you made the decision to spend a part of your life in another country.
Usual requirements for your statement of intent.
Different programs have specific requirements; however, most of them have two things in common:
- Your personal, academic and professional reasons for studying abroad. You’ll probably need to describe your aspirations and explain how studying in another country will bring you closer to them.
- The reasoning behind choosing that particular program. Here you’ll have to explain what made you choose that particular program over all the others worldwide.
Usually, the essay's parts are:
- first paragraph
- second paragraph
- third paragraph
Now that you created the structure, you can start filling it out by creating a few sentences for each part. Making those will aid you in rapidly advancing with your work. So let’s examine each section and add sentences to all of them.
Your introduction should contain a sentence that explains your main motivation for studying in another country.
Example: Studying at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid will help me grow and develop from a personal, academic and professional standpoint.
This strong opening sentence clearly lets the reader know about your personal, academic and professional motives for choosing that program, and will be thoroughly described throughout your paper.
First 3 paragraphs: Make a sentence that outlines your goals, followed by another one that ties those goals to that specific program or school.
First paragraph (personal motives for studying there)
Example: My grandfather is an immigrant, coming here from Madrid, and ever since I was a little boy, one of my dreams was to be able to experience the scenery where he was raised. Throughout this program, one of my purposes is to immerse myself in the local culture and traditions, so I can fully understand where I come from and show my gratitude by learning the local language and customs.
Second paragraph (academic reasons for studying there)
Example: I majored in history, and I plan to continue my education in this specific field by studying in Spain. In my time spent here, I will travel to places of historic meaning throughout the country and gather information for my graduation paper; the theme is How the Moors Influenced Spanish architecture and culture.
Third paragraph (professional reasons for studying here)
I hope to become a Spanish history and culture teacher at a college one day, and with the help of this program, I will acquire the necessary exposure that I need to be a good teacher. By being so close to places of historical meaning and immersed in Spanish culture, this program will help me develop my career.
For the ending part, you need to come up with a powerful statement that recaps your motives for choosing that particular program and country.
Example: After exploring all possible options I have available, I have come to the conclusion that coming to the Universidad Complutense in Madrid to study local culture and history is the perfect way to develop personally, academically and professionally.