How to Write a Letter of Motivation
When applying for a graduate programme leading to Master’s degree in Germany, applicants are requested to submit a letter of motivation (sometimes also called “statement of purpose”). These letters of motivation play an important role in the selection process. Regrettably, however, they often fail to convince any member of a selection committee. How do you write a successful letter of motivation?
1. Take your time and start early. The letter of motivation is a crucial document in your application. Never try to write it down in one evening. 2. Do not start your letter of motivation by repeating your CV. 3. The letter of motivation should answer the following questions: What is your professional goal? In which sector would you like to work after obtaining your Master’s degree? In which way do you intend to contribute to the social, political or technical development of your home country once you are in a respective position? (You may refer to knowledge from books and newspapers as well as to your professional or personal experience. Some facts and figures are highly welcome.) Why do you apply for the chosen Master’s programme? Which of the courses offered in this programme are particularly beneficial in pursuing your professional goals? (Make sure you are well informed!) Why do you think you are the right person for this programme? - What knowledge and skills gathered in your previous education will be useful? - Have you already gathered any relevant professional experience? - Have you gathered any relevant experience as a member of any organization? (Students association, NGO, political party, volunteer service … If so, submit proof of your membership / your social involvement.) - How do you estimate your own personality? Do you think you are a good leader? Are you somebody who can make a difference? What makes you think so? (Emphasize your strong points, but be realistic.) Why do you want to study in Germany?
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