Personal Statement Tips for International Students


Why Your Personal Statement is so Important

Applying for a place at university – particularly in a foreign country – can be filled with excitement, anticipation and, sometimes, a dash of anxiety. A crucial part of the process is putting together a compelling personal statement – the document that introduces you to the university’s admissions committee, and gives them a glimpse into your academic aspirations and plans.  


Crafting a Personal Statement for UK Universities 

It’s worth taking the time to create the perfect personal statement, as it will set you apart from other applicants and show the admissions committee why you are the ideal candidate for their institution. So, we’ve put together a few useful tips as to the key elements you should include in your own personal statement.

Why Have You Chosen the Course?

The first thing to do is clearly outline why you chose the course you’re applying for. You should demonstrate a genuine interest in the subject and explain how it fits with your career goals. Be specific about any aspects of the course you particularly find appealing – for instance, particular modules may offer an in-depth study of an area you want to specialise in.

Why Do You Want to Study Abroad?

Choosing to study in a foreign country is a significant decision, and your personal statement should talk about why you’ve chosen to do so. Discuss the quality of education, the cultural diversity and the opportunities available for international students, or any other factors that influenced your choice. Highlight what studying in this country offers you that you might not experience in your home country.

Showcase Your Experience

Ideally, you need to stand out from other candidates, so make sure you include any professional experience you’ve gained. This could be internships, volunteering, shadowing or even placements during your education. If you’re applying for medical programmes or high-ranking universities, they will also look for experience outside your academic career. Bear this in mind during your studies if you’ve yet to gain experience in your chosen field.

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Future Plans Once You Have Your Degree

Finally, outline your post-graduation plans. Whether you intend to start work, pursue further studies or contribute to your home country, link these plans with the course and country to which you’re applying, to show the admissions team you have a clear vision for your future.

A Few More Tips for a Winning Personal Statement 

  • Be genuine: let your unique voice come through rather than trying to fit a mould. 
  • Stay focused: keep your statement concise and avoid unnecessary details that don’t add value to your narrative. 
  • Proofread: always read your statement multiple times, checking for grammar and spelling errors.
  • Get a second opinion: ask someone else to read your statement to give you a fresh perspective or catch errors you might have missed.

Present Your Best Self!

Remember, your personal statement is your chance to shine. It should showcase your passion, dedication and long-term goals to those deciding your academic future – so make it count! 

Need Extra Help?

At NCUK, we’re committed to helping you throughout your application process, so if you need any further support or have any questions, simply get in touch with our team directly.