SOP Country-wise Samples
So, how exactly would the SOP be different?
B. Word limit: While universities in the US are generous with the SOP word limits, allowing for up to 1000 words, that’s not the case everywhere: some German universities, for instance, place a cap on 500 words. Taking cognisance of the word limit is extremely important: overshooting the limit can often be grounds for instant rejection, while writing too little can risk an incomplete essay.
C. Emphasis: Not all SOPs are required to be a snapshot of your academic and professional achievements. Some universities, for instance, require you to talk more about your plans for future research than about your achievements and skills, while some may ask you to elucidate why you chose to do your postgraduate studies in that particular university or country. Read the guidelines carefully and ensure your SOP covers all that is asked of you.
The SOPs written for universities in the US are usually anywhere between 500-1000 words, and are required to be a comprehensive, yet thorough portrait of who you are and what you want to achieve. Unlike elsewhere, the SOP is of crucial importance in applying to universities abroad, and is used to filter out potential candidates from the applicant pool. It is usually used as a replacement to the personal interview, and so, it is of paramount importance to outline all the relevant facts about yourself—including your academic achievements, senior year thesis/project, research assistantships, internships, work experience and more. Often, SOPs are also the basis on which scholarships or graduate teaching/research assistantships are awarded, so be sure to give it your best shot!
If you’re curious about what a high-quality SOP to American universities looks like, be sure to check it out here!
The SOPs for universities in the US and Australia have quite a lot of common, and a good SOP for both these countries must ponder over these important questions:
Mention clearly why the particular subject is of interest to you: was there perhaps a class or an interesting professor who kindled your curiosity?
What do you intend on researching with the programme? In other words, how do you think your research will contribute to the development of your field? Additionally, what do you want to use your research for? These are all questions you must ponder over.
What are some of the academic or professional experiences that have contributed to the development of your skillset? How will these skills enable you to undertake a graduate-level programme in your preferred discipline?
Why Canada, and why this particular university? Perhaps there are some facilities that might aid in your research that you’re eager to utilise, or maybe some distinguished faculty members you’re keen to work. Be sure to mention these clearly.
For a great sample SOP written for a Canadian university, you can click here.
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