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Statement of Purpose Guidelines & Template

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A Statement of Purpose {SoP} or Letter of Intent {LOI} is a 1–2-page document containing 500 – 1,000 words. The SoP should justify why you selected your choice of course, university, and study destination. Students are advised to use real examples that can be evidenced. Do not produce a generic document and send to multiple colleges / universities.

The SoP is required during the application and visa submission stage. Every SoP will be reviewed by an immigration official. Universities and visa officials place a significant emphasis on your ability to articulate your choice of course, university and study destination prior to visa processing.

The documents most commonly associated with a visa rejection are the SoP and financial documentation. Remember, if you receive a visa rejection, you must declare this when applying for any future visa, student or non-student related. Prospective students should invest a significant amount of time and energy into their SoP to ensure the best possible chance of success. Download your FREE SoP Guidelines & Template and utilize a format which provides the best chance of a student visa grant.

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Before writing a Statement of Purpose or Letter of Intent you should follow a format that is easily legible and understood by the admissions and visa officer assigned to your case. Follow the instructions below to ensure the best result.

 1) Format

The format of a SoP should reflect your previous, current, and future student journey. Topics presented throughout the SoP should be relevant to your objective and desired outcome.

2) Introduction & Academic Background

A SoP should begin with a brief introduction about yourself and your intended area of study. Justifying your choice of course, university and study destination. Refer to your previous studies and / or work where possible.

A synergy should exist between previous studies and future studies. You should articulate what you hope to achieve following course completion and describe your future goals and aspirations. If you have engaged in extracurricular activities emphasize how these relate to your future studies. The Statement of Purpose should only focus on relevant achievements, activities and qualifications where a synergy exists between prior experience and future learning.

 3) University & Course Justification

Conduct extensive research on your choice of course and study destination. Develop at least three reasons to justify your study preference. Most study destinations have multiple academic institutions to select from. Your Statement of Purpose should refer to the universities course curriculum, work integrated learning, facilities, job placements & Internships, extracurricular activities, and the units available for study. You should also include the university’s subject specific and overall ranking to justify your preference. Describe what skills you hope to acquire whilst studying and how this will benefit you in the future. If applicable, reference specific units you plan to study and describe the major / specialization you hope to complete.

Finally, you should include your reasons for selecting a specific study destination. Students have several study destinations to choose from; for example, a visa officer will need to understand why Australia was selected as a study destination instead of Canada. Once you have described the reasons for selecting the country; justify your choice of city, for example: Toronto, New York, London or Sydney.

 4) What are your future career goals?

Describe what you hope to achieve following course completion. Research and evidence how a university will guide and support you whilst studying. If possible, describe your short {1-3 year}, medium {3-7 year}, and long-term {7-10 year} goals and highlight why you wish to return to your country of origin. Ideally, future goals should correlate with your choice of course, previous academic qualifications and relevant work experience. If applicable, any change or deviation in your previous studies will need to be justified and evidenced. For example, those changing from a Nursing undergraduate to a Business Analytics postgraduate program.

5) Conclusion

Project positivity about the opportunities available and what your future holds should you be successful in gaining admission. Provide a phone number so an immigration official can contact you if clarification is required. Offer additional information that might be useful to your individual circumstance.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Never make known your intention to live, work and migrate to your selected study destination. This will result in an immediate student visa rejection. Describe what job you hope to secure in your country of origin following course completion.

And finally, read the blog entitled ‘Ace Your Video Interview’ should an admissions or visa officer require additional information.

 What NOT to include         

  •  Do not mention your desire to live, work and remain in-country following your graduation.
  • Do not write about matters irrelevant to the university application process. For example, discussing the countries weather.
  • Do not discuss your family in too much detail unless it relates to your future studies.
  • Do not discuss your financial circumstances unless relevant to your individual case.
  • Do not include your religion or political affiliations.
  • Do not include a picture of yourself.
  • Ensure any study gap is accounted for and evidenced in subsequent appendices.
  • Ensure the spelling of the course, study destination and university are accurate.
  • Ensure items that are irrelevant to the proposed course of study are removed.
  • Ensure you keep to a consistent format throughout the document.

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