A statement of purpose is one of the most important documents in your application. Often a decision is based on this document. An admission officer, who has not met you, and has number of applications to chose from, often base their decision on what your statement of purpose communicates. It becomes your voice, and you should ensure that the voice is as clear and informative as can be. Your writing should reflect your thinking and your capabilities

Keep in mind the following points when writing your statement of purpose:


  • Your interest in the course
  • Your experience related to the field
  • Your reason for choosing the course
  • Your reason to choose the university
  • The course module that you may have already studied
  • Your career goals
  • Extra curricular activities

Establish the following:

  • Why you have chosen the certain course and university and how you are suitable.
  • Your skills and achievements that would enable you to successfully complete the course.
  • Your hobbies and interests that demonstrate your capabilities relevant to the course.
  • Work experience or voluntary works that have helped you developed skills that are essential for the chosen course.
  • If you have taken a break from education, mention your activities and reason to continue your education.
  • Advantage of chosen country over home country to pursue higher education.
  • Your goals and plans and how the course and university help you achieve it.

Avoid the following:

  • Being over the TopDo not write stories proclaiming you to be a hero or performing far more than what your academic results portray will only make you sound Pretentious.
  • AmusingYou are writing an important document, one which may decide your future hence do not try to be amusing keep it engaging yet serious.
  • Quotes and ProseAdmission tutors do not want to hear what great people said, they know that. They want to know what you think and have to say. Avoid stating these as punch lines.
  • Controversial viewsDo not indulge in any debate or views that can be controversial and something that the university/institute may not want to subscribe to.


  • Make sure there are no grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Check and read your statement well before submitting the same.
  • Always give correct information since a university can use the SOP as interview referral.
  • Do not exceed word limit (if applicable)
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