How to write motivation letters

The motivation letter is the most important step of the application. It is the foundation for the acceptance.

There are no perfect templates or instructions on how to write your motivation letter because everyone is unique, and this should be reflected in this letter! However, there are some general tips and hints that might be useful, and might help you in getting accepted more easily!

First of all – when writing a motivation letter, keep in mind that it is going to be read by students, just like you. They get many applications from which they have to choose – and the only tool they have to choose is the student’s motivation letters. It might be that the organisers have to read a few hundred motivation letters, so to attract their attention, try to be creative and funny. Do not write a formal letter, do not start it with “Dear Madam or Sir”, and importantly, do not make it look like a CV – do not state all the schools you visited, all the jobs you did during your life, etc.. Write an interesting letter in prose style if you want! Basically, write something you would like to read!

The motivation letter should depict (in English):

  • Something about yourself (studies, life, hobbies, sport, languages you speak, etc.)
  • Why you want to go abroad
  • Why you are interested especially in the course

There is also no specific required length for the motivation letter, but we would advice you to write at most 1 A4 page. If you can make it shorter, that will obviously be appreciated by the students who are reading them (remember, they might have to read a few hundred of them). Good luck! Should there be anything, or if you would like some feedback on your motivation letter to improve your chances of getting accepted – talk to us (and also, apply to more than just one course, just to be safe)! 😀