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What to tell about yourself in a cover letter to an English University?

Skills and achievements

Employees of the admissions of British universities are interested in: do You have skills or abilities that can help Your training on the chosen program? Also they are interested in Your accomplishments. Achievements include everything You are proud about yourself can inform, whether have passed all the exams at the music school, the nomination of Your candidacy to captain the football team of the area or other classes that You have devoted or continue to devote their free time. This includes as a class in groups or clubs, and charitable activities. In other words, describe all that says about You as interesting, talented and responsible person. Any suitable information works for You.

Hobbies and interests

Think about how skills can be linked with Your Hobbies, interests and social activities. If there are any snap to Your chosen course or to the skills required for study at University? If there is a link, describe it. The more convincing arguments, the better!

As noted sotrudnikami Committee of the University of Warwick, "the strongest candidates for a place at University are those who can successfully link their extracurricular activities with their chosen University course."

Your cover letter will be more convincing and personal if You explain why extracurricular activities or interested in something make You a strong candidate for admission to the University. Try to write interesting stories about it-including as much additional information and showing their interest.

An example of a hobby for motivational essays:

Instead of just writing "I love to play badminton", grant the Commission broader picture and describe acquired in the course of badminton skills.

For example: "Partition in which I play badminton, often takes part in local competitions, both in singles and doubles. The pairs event require coordinated team play, the important conditions of which is mutual support, development of tactics and its application in practice, as well as rapid response. I like to be a member of this section, and I'm happy to meet its members off the court. From time to time we organize joint events, I often take on the task of organizing joint events for members of our section. This requires additional time spent by me without prejudice to the main study. I think I could distribute on the recreation and classes".

The same text in English:

"I play badminton twice a week with a club that plays in local competitions and I play in both singles and doubles matches. Doubles matches requires good team working, an ability to support your partner, to devise a game plan but be able to adapt it as required and fast reactions. I enjoy the social side of the club and take responsibility for organising the social activities and fundraising events. This gives me an opportunity to develop my organisational and planning skills. Fitting in all these activities while keeping up with my academic studies demands good time management and I think I do that very well."


If You already had somewhere to work, to undergo training or engage in charitable activities, the details and write about it. Especially emphasize the details of employment that are relevant to Your chosen course. Try to link Your work and acquired skills with the admission Criteria.

Example of working practices for the introductory essay:

For example, instead of writing:

"I worked for two weeks in the information window of a Department store, where I happily answered questions for customers"

write better:

"I worked for two weeks in the information window of the store. During this time I learned how to communicate with customers and answer their questions and complaints. Because of this, I understand the need for attentive and friendly attitude to customers, because in me they see a representative of the Department. I also learned the efficient resolution of complex complaints. For my Public Relations course I want to study in depth all these aspects."

The same text in English:

"I spent two weeks managing customer enquiries at a department store. I learnt how to interact with customers and handle complaints. The experience highlighted the importance of positive communication between a business and its customers, and taught me how to manage difficult enquiries effectively. I would like to develop this skill further by studying a degree in public relations."

Why You want to study in the UK?

If You are going to come to study in the UK from abroad, then be sure to indicate in your letter why for study You chose this country. In your motivational letter answering the following questions:

If You can demonstrate your ability to study at the University, where education is conducted in English? If You are already trained (or exams) in English, and be sure to include it.

In addition to education, have You taken part in any activities where communication occurred on angliiskom language?

Plans for the future

If You already know the goals You intend to achieve upon completion of the course, describe how You intend to use the knowledge gained in the course of education, knowledge and experience.

Based on the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service).

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