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  • What is an SOP (Statement of Purpose)? 


SOP stands for “statement of purpose,” and is also called a personal statement. It is a very important part of your application when applying to study overseas. Universities will use the experiences and skills in the SOP to assess students and decide if they are suitable for the programme to which they have applied. You will have to convince the admissions department that you meet the requirements of the course you’re applying to and that you have performed well in your previous studies. 


  • What should you do before writing your SOP? 


Before starting to write your SOP, you should prepare the following: 

  1. Take a look at the university’s official website to see if they offer any guidance regarding word count or length, any special questions they may want you to answer and the deadline by which you need to submit the SOP. 

  1. Carefully read the details of the programmes to which you hope to apply. 

  1. Read up on the departments and universities to which you are applying. For example, the school’s ranking, reputation, facilities and location. 

  1. Make sure that the programme is relevant to your future career plans. If there is an internship or opportunity to work with a company in the industry, how will this be of use to you? 

  1. Provide details of your previous academic performance and work experience in the SOP. 


In the course of helping students with their applications, we have noticed that many of them find writing an SOP to be somewhat difficult. At Intake, we have many years of experience and can therefore provide solid support for our students. If you have any questions about the application process or the required documents, you can make an appointment to consult with one of our advisors. Let us help you overcome any difficulties with your overseas study application. 


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