must study abroad

existential-studying  asked:

Hi! Do you have any tips on how to write a study abroad essay? I want to study in Spain next June, and I'm struggling with the essay. I can only have 2-4 paragraphs.

Ahh, studying abroad. Your question brings back memories of when I applied to study abroad in Denmark.

The purpose of a study abroad essay is to explain why YOU want to study abroad and how doing so will help YOU both educationally and personally.

This is the main format that I used to write my own essay. It helped me organize my thoughts and helped me explain why I wanted to study abroad in a particular program.

You want to make sure that your essay is clear, concise and to the point. You also want to make sure that it’s personal and about you. Make sure that it’s subjective and can explain to the reader what YOU hope to accomplish and why you think that this particular study abroad program can help you accomplish your goals, etc. For example, I explained in my essay how studying in Denmark would help me accomplish both my educational and career goals. 

Finally, please make sure to proofread and review your essay. You want your essay to be personal, but also to the point. Repeating reasons why you want to study abroad and other information that might be off topic can make you go over the length requirement and it will also affect the reader’s interest. Have one of your friends or relatives read your essay. You can also ask one of your professors what they think. I asked my English professor to review and help me revise my essay. Proofreading is a must. 

Good luck!