An SOP is an exceptionally significant part of the application while applying to Universities abroad or to obtain visa for that matter. As the name signifies, the Statement of Purpose is your personal statement about who you are, what has influenced your career path so far, your professional interests and where you plan to go from here. As the student is an unknown individual to the admission committee at the University, the SOP is a chance for students to add a personalized touch to their application. Given the fact that, Universities receive thousands of SOPs during each intake, an SOP that stands out among the crowd holds the key for your entry to your targeted University.
The very reason for writing the SOP is to convincingly detail out the necessity for you to pursue the proposed course and how this journey will lead you to acquire targeted skills and in turn, your targeted organisation back in your home country. The underlying principle while writing an SOP is to convince the reviewer is that how the study undertaken overseas will help carve a niche for yourself in your chosen domain apart from providing you with the sought-after exposure, which you would have missed out on, if you had chosen to study in your home country. Remember that deciding committee is keen on selecting the aspirants who want to enter the country precisely for study purpose and do not intend to you study visa in order to circumvent the immigration laws.
Furthermore, it is advisable to maintain a formal tone throughout the SOP as it is going to be reviewed by a well-qualified panel at the university. Write persuasively to convince the reviewers that you are sincere about your education and future plans and want to excel at their university.
A Statement of Purpose has certain sections to it that have to be covered. Each section has its own significance but if written well, collectively they make a strong SOP. We have put together the sections that make a phenomenal SOP
In the introduction, start with a quote or inspirational line that aligns with your interests. You can also briefly explain the importance and bright future prospects of your proposed course
Academic and Professional Qualifications
In this section, you should mention your educational qualifications from primary schooling to college and from Undergraduate to Graduate qualifications, based on relevance. Feel free to also mention what you have done in the past in terms of education, what course you are currently pursuing along with your academic strengths and the different you have undertaken. If you have professional experience, you should mention it here as well as your job role and responsibilities in the organization. This helps in establishing your current career progression and development.
Reasons for deciding upon the proposed course
In this section, you have to talk about the course that you have an interest in. Explain what led you to choose the course and how it will help you in the future. You are advised to talk about the relevance of this course with your previous qualification and how it is a perfect-fit for you and will lead you to the realisation of your career goals.
Reasons for not doing the course from your own country
This arguably is the one of the most crucial questions to be addressed and must be thoroughly answered. Studying overseas is an expensive affair and thus the deciding panel seeks to know why you have not opted for your own country. Various reasons in support of your answer could be: lack of international exposure, immense competition to make to the top universities in one’s home country and so on.
Reasons to choose the country and university
This section talks about why you chose this country and university. Highlight the exposure and perks of choosing this country over others and how this university is best suited for your course and is in sync with area of your interest. You can specially mention faculty members and the work they are doing in that specific field to show the university that you have done your diligent research.
Future Plans & Conclusions
This inarguably is the most cardinal section wherein you are required to talk about your plans post completion of your studies. You need to mention about how the course will get you placed at you dream organization back in your home country. In the concluding paragraph, mention your preparedness for the course and what contribution you intend on making to the university. You must have a focused tone in this section to strengthen your case and also mention how you are prepared to make a difference and important change in a global perspective.
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