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! Write something you would like to read!

The motivation letter should depict:

  • 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

The letter need not to be longer than the text box you can see, it does not need to be formal – you are writing to students just like yourself. Try to be creative than these students often have to read hundreds of motivation letters. And of course the letter has to be written in English.