Being offered a scholarship to study overseas is a privilege that not many get to experience. Winning a scholarship is not easy; in most cases, it takes years of preparation and sacrifices to obtain such opportunities. Studying abroad should be something you are passionate about; so passionate it resonates across your university application. Prestigious institutions want students who are committed to a variety of interests and passions. To ensure that you demonstrate these attributes, we have compiled a list that students should consider before applying:
A resume is the American format of a CV and is fast becoming popular in other nations too. A resume is a short history of a person's academic and professional attributes. The reader can find a lot about a person just from a glance. Items to include are; your personal and contact details, academics and test scores (i.e. GPA, ACT, SAT), academic awards, extracurricular activities, community service, hobbies, special skills, work experience etc. Being able to "Twitterise" and articulate these points in a short amount of time is critical to success. A resume is one page long, do not exceed this.
Achieving top academic marks is just as essential for athletes looking to win sports scholarships, as it is for students seeking to earn academic scholarships. Fair enough, academic students are required to get at least a 3.8 GPA and 1450 on the SAT; however, institutions also require a good academic standing for their athletes who need to take the correct NCAA subjects, have a 2.3 GPA and a SAT score of around 1250. At the end of the day, all students are there to study, and academics come first.
3) References and Recommendations
For the college admissions committee, reading a student's reference is an opportunity to view them from an objective standpoint. They want to understand the impact you have made on an independent third party and hear their thoughts on you. If your degree focus is on a specific area of study, it would be beneficial to request recommendations from teachers whose subjects are parallel to your choice. It is important to request references long in advance, to ensure the writers have enough time to write credible recommendations. Remember recommendation letters can be time-consuming, so don't be afraid to write down a few key points they can expand upon. This will save writers time, and it will ensure they remember your best attributes.
Most top institutions require an application essay as part of the admissions criteria. Your essay should be a brief, but very personal, look into who you are and what sets you apart from the thousands of other applicants. Do not fall into the trap of listing your accomplishments and ensure you understand the crux of the question. To learn more about essay writing, read our blog on; "How To Perfect Your College Application Essay": https://www.aspireatlantic.com/blog/college-essays-being-the-u-in-unique
International institutions want passionate students on their campus. Being a sports star or a top academic is not enough, they want to see a fire within you for "other" things. Having extracurriculars such as an interest in; music, the arts and a passion for helping the community are great ways to demonstrate that you are passionate. Don't waste your holiday in front of the TV, spend that time gaining work experience, interning, volunteering or even taking online courses acquiring more knowledge. Show that you are different by turning a hobby into a passion and make an impact on society!
6) Video/Times and Community Service
If you are seeking a sports scholarship, it is vital to film all your matches and record your personal best times, depending on the sport. These are crucial for the coaches to ensure that your athletic ability is suitable. If you are seeking an academic scholarship, community service is vital for your application. Institutions try to ensure they accept well-rounded students who show a passion for this world and its improvement.
Interviews are quite common among top international institutions, and you should try scheduling one as soon as possible. Interviews serve a dual purpose, the Institution has the opportunity to learn more about you, and you get to learn more about the school and see if its the right fit for you. Scheduling an interview also serves an essential function as colleges look at a students Demonstrated Interest. By expressing interest and having a desire to meet with a decision maker, you demonstrate that the institution is a high priority for you.
8) Getting Help
By following the steps above, you are setting yourself apart from many other international students who merely apply and hope. However, following these steps and compiling a top application can be overwhelming. Here at Aspire Atlantic, we make it our business to help and support you with your application. Applications to study overseas on a scholarship shouldn’t be a stress: If you’ve got passion and drive, we can help you achieve your dreams.
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