When I was applying for Master’s degree in Tartu University, I had a lot of questions in my mind, like “what the application should be like?”, “how to write a motivation letter?”, “how to make it more effective?”. I started my research with these questions in my mind, talked to various counselors, read many articles, blogs. Finally, after having analyzed all the gathered information, I followed few tips in my application that I would I like to share with you, guys.
1. Make a list of the universities you are willing to apply to.
2. Mark all the Course specific requirements for each university.
3. Note the deadlines for application for each university.
4. Create a checklist for the documents required.
A general checklist is here:
- duly filled Application form;
- all the academic documents till highest level of education including: School Certificates, College Certificates, Other academic participation certificates, or mention about Extra Curricular awards achieved;
- transcripts (if demanded by the university);
- English proficiency test certificate;
- well written motivation letter/essay;
- letters of reference (if demanded by the university);
- good quality scanned copy of the passport;
- good quality scanned professional photograph (if required for application);
- any other supporting letter from the home university for the prerequisites (if demanded).
5. Produce the documents well in time keeping in mind the time required for freight and deadline for application.
6. After collecting all the documents, mark every document in checklist and make the package for the university.
And you are ready to send the application.
Up till now, I discussed about the preparation of the documents, application forms and the deadline.
But one of the most important things that makes an application more strong that is still left is:
Motivation Letter/ Essay.
1. Get away from clock for some time while writing motivation letter – be patient, don’t rush.
2. Create a sample draft, do not count words.
3. Try to put good vocabulary.
4. Starting of the letter should be impressive.
5. Show your interest and need for the course.
6. Write about the expectations from the course you are applying to.
7. Write how this course will help you in your future. You may also write about the projects you want to do during the course.
8. Elaborate more about your strengths.
9. Be yourself, do not copy sentences or ideas. (In some universities, plagiarism may lead to application rejection).
10. Do not use slang or informal language.
11. Read the draft as many times as possible – now make it more precise according to the word limit.
12. Take help from someone to do proofread for you.
These tips helped me a lot, after my application I got accepted by the University of Tartu. I shared these tips with my friends. My friends also took benefit out of it. So, I hope it will be also helpful for you, guys. Good luck! It is already time to apply.