Guidelines on How to Write a Statement of Purpose/ Study Plan Background: As part of your application for the Faculty of Arts Exchange Programme or the HKU Worldwide Exchange Programme (HKUWW) Study Abroad scholarship, you have to provide a 'Statement of Purpose' (Arts) or 'Study Plan' (HKUWW). These are short essays which, on the Hong Kong side, are drawn on as supporting material in the selection process and, on the side of your potential host university, used to assess your motivation and study objectives, but also your command of English. The 'Statement of Purpose/ Study Plan' is a specific genre and different from the academic essay you are familiar with. Hence it is important that you follow the below guidelines closely, to produce a piece of writing that will award you a study place and scholarship. 1) Faculty of Arts Statement of Purpose • 800 to 1,000 words in length: this gives you enough room to expand on individual points, but without babbling . • Needs to include the following points: a) your reasons for wanting to study at your preferred host institution; b) how this institution will help you achieve your study goals; c) how the knowledge and experience gained at your preferred host institution will impact and influence your plans for the future upon your return to HK; and d) a brief description of any extra-curricular activities of which you are/ have been in charge.
2) HKU Worldwide Study Plan • No restrictions on length. However, experience tells us that essays of around 1,000 words in length are among the best. • Should include the following points: a)your reasons for wanting to go on exchange; b)some thoughts on how you think you will contribute to both the exchange programme and to HKU upon your return; c) suggestions for courses you plan to take at your host institution; and d)any related aspects that you think will strengthen your application. • Additional guidelines on how to write a Study Plan are provided on the Office of International...
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