It’s that time of the year- APPLY APPLY APPLY!
As you know, many universities have strict acceptance rates or have competitive programs, for which you need to be distinct from the rest. Don’t get us wrong, your academic standing is extremely valuable when applying to universities, but your extracurricular activities are just as important. Over the past few years, increasingly more universities have started implementing strategies to better assess students’ involvement in activities outside of the academic realm.
If you’re doing anything to better your chance at securing that offer, you should be proactive in achieving your personal goals and improving your subject-related experience.
Here are our 8 effective ways to make your university application stand out from a crowd of equally as eager prospective students, with never-seen-before advice from admissions departments and study abroad experts themselves!
Research & Reading
Research is key if you’re wanting to stand out to university admissions departments. University courses vary widely with regards to content and modules. For example, an Engineering degree at one university could offer a different experience and modules to the same course at some other university. It may even differ with the universities in different countries.
As you’ll be sending out the same university application, find out what the courses you have applied for have in common and then tailor your application accordingly. This makes it relevant across the board and offers a direct answer as to why you’re best placed to study there.
Draft an Authentic and ‘Real’ Statement of Purpose.
The most essential part of a university application is your personal statement – the chance to sell yourself and explain to the university why you want to study your chosen course. This should be easy if you’ve chosen the right course and university for you.
Make sure you’re passionate and enthusiastic in your personal statement – our top tip is to show you’ve done extra reading and research, as it is what admissions tutors are struggling to find in most applications.
Gain Course-related Work Experience
Getting a headstart in experiencing your potential career through an internship or job would be a great idea. All of these endeavours will open your horizons, give you a comparative advantage, and ultimately provide you with lifelong skills and friendships. It will also show proactiveness and that you are already thinking about your future. It doesn’t really matter if you end up going down a totally different career route, there are a lot of transferable skills that you can take from one workplace and use in another.
Choosing to spend your time volunteering can make a really good impression on university admissions committees and is also a great way to give back to society.
Whether you have a regular stint at your local animal shelter or work some shifts in an NGO, or any other event, there are many transferable skills that you can learn from volunteering, such as working in a team and communication skills.
Learn another Language
The ability to learn a language shows incredible perseverance and advanced memory skills. At university, it is likely you’ll be mingling with peers from all over the world. Learning a language can help develop a unique level of cultural empathy, a sure-fire way to stand out and for universities to see you as a good fit.
If you’re browsing this a week before the application deadline, then this tip may seem a little far-fetched.
If, however, you’ve got an hour to two free in your week to hone a skill then why not pick up beginners French or Spanish?
The most important tip to keep in mind, while you’re working in the process of applying at places, or even for the study permit of any country is to- BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. We know, it’s easier said than done. You’ve made it this far, which means you’ve already done a lot of hard work. Well done!
Be proud of what you’ve achieved so far, and have the confidence in your university application to express that you can do whatever you set your mind to.
You can consult OSI Study Abroad Experts to get more information on applying to universities and bag that admission in your desired course.