A strong essay is essential for a good overall application, and offers you the opportunity to expand beyond the facts and numbers in your resume and application. These points will help you to shape a good essay:
Motivation: How did you become interested in studying abroad? Why did you choose the country(ies) and school(s) you have indicated? Be brief, but specific.
Goals: What do you hope to draw from your experience? Will you build language skills? From your research are there particular courses, programs, and/or facilities from which you hope to benefit? Is international experience important to your educational and/or future professional plans? If so, please describe why/how. Be as concrete as possible.
Preparation: Why should the selection committee choose you? Why are you right for the program(s) you have chosen? Use examples to illustrate what would make you a good ambassador of UT.
Other information to include:
- How your academic and social preparation match the demands of the exchange(s) you’ve selected
- Any involvement you have had with international students, activities or groups
- Your maturity, responsibility, adaptability. Draw from your personal experience. Think of how someone close to you would describe you in this area. Just a few things to consider: Do you balance a heavy schedule with school, work, and activities? Are you helping to finance yourself? What responsibilities have you had at work, in the community or in university organizations?
- Anything special about your circumstances that the committee should know.
- YOU are the subject of this essay. Every line should communicate something about you. Don’t use your limited space for general statements like “One must experience a new culture to....” or “Studying abroad broadens one’s horizons” which do not contribute to your goal of acquainting readers with you, your motivation, goals and preparation. Enter your essay onto the web application form, maximum length of two pages.