- #103-Feb-2013, 11:26
Cover Letter - Exchange Student program
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Dear Sir, Madam,
This letter is to express my interest in applying to the Recanati MBA student Exchange Program for the academic year of 2013/2014.
Applying to the exchange program is a chance I've been waiting for since I've decided to enroll the MBA program at TAU. I believe that the unique chance of studying and living abroad at one of the top ranked MBA programs is a lifetime experience and could enrich and develop me as an individual and in my professional life.
I am currently in my second year of my MBA studies at the Recanati business school, with specialization in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. I find this field of interest extremely fascinating and I am taking any chance I get to explore it further more. With this in mind, I decided on my first year of studying to challenge myself and to apply to the prestigious and demanding Global Business Studies program (GBS). The GBS program offered a remarkable experience of strategic consulting, and moreover, the chance of working in an international team with MBA students from the York business school in Toronto. This experience affected me deeply and taught me the importance of developing global communication and working skills, which I am sure to develop while participating at the exchange program.
Besides being an MBA student at TAU, I am working full time as the head of Economic and Regulation at Xfone 018 LTD. At that position I am responsible for the economic analysis for new and ongoing projects, and supervising the company's Settlement of accounts with international communication operators. With that, I am also leading the company's regulation processes, writing position papers and representing Xfone 018 in contact with the Israeli Ministry of Communication. Xfone 018 is a small motivated company working in the highly changing communication market, which I have the privilege of being in its management team, working closely with our CEO and getting experience from a macromanagment point of view.
Before joining Xfone 018 I was working at the Helpdesk team in Superderivatives, a global company who sets the global benchmark for derivatives and options in the financial world. I worked with bankers and trader from all over the world (especially from USA) and guide them through with using the company's software. Working at Superderivatives helped me gained a great knowledge about the financial and derivatives world. With this experience, I believe I can contribute to every study group I will be a part of in the different courses I will take, while enriching myself learning from the other group members and their experience.
Looking at the future, it is my ultimate career ambition to work for a medium sized consulting firm that will utilize my economic and analytic skills. An international exchange experience will assist with this career goal by providing me with exposure to cultures that I will likely work with as a consultant. This will give me a competitive edge when I apply to companies after the completion of my MBA.
I deeply appreciate and enjoy my studies in TAU with its high academic level, and big verity of classes to choose from. With that, I believe that studying at a foreign university and living in another country will expose me to a different culture, both academic and living, which will highly sharpen my global skills and experience, an extremely important set of tools in our highly connected global world. Besides considering my academic and professional interests, I believe that the exchange program will bring me a great benefit at a personal level. Meeting people and having friends from all around the world, giving me great joy and a huge satisfaction. My traveling around the world have taught me that it's not the place that makes the journey, but the people you meet while in it, and the different they are from you, the better and more interesting it gets. I am sure that this insight will be applied with the student exchange program as well, and that motive makes me very excited to go.
I have no doubt I will be an excellent ambassador for Recanati and TAU because I am enjoying my exceptional experience with the school and have shared that experience with others. I will continue to share this experience while on exchange. My studying at Recanati has been excellent and I am passionate about the school and have already encouraged other candidate to apply.
I hope that this letter helped you know me better and deeper, and you find me a good and worthy candidate to represent TAU at the student exchange program. Although the great challenge it is, I am sure that participating at the program will bring the best of me, and will send me to a lifetime experience. I am highly motivated to take part at the exchange program, and have no doubt it will be a great success.
Should any additional information be needed, please feel free to contact me at the number and email above.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to your positive response.
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If you’re applying to study abroad, many programs require that you write a letter of intent– a one-page essay that introduces who you are, why you want to study abroad, and how you will enhance your future plans by studying abroad.
For more competitive study abroad programs, the letter of intent is an integral part of your application. It gives the selection committee a chance to see who you are as a student and a person. Sometimes, a well-written letter of intent will separate who gets accepted and who doesn’t.
To write a good letter of intent, you need to know the purpose of your letter and the audience you’re writing to. With those two important ideas in mind, you’re essentially writing a business letter. Here are some tips on how to begin writing your letter of intent.
- Be direct. Don’t begin with a long-winded, confusing intro. Introduce yourself and state what you are applying for. Include the most important information in the beginning, however obvious it seems.
- Organize your thoughts. The person reading your letter does not want to read a giant wall of unformatted text. Break up your letter into 3-5 small paragraphs. Each paragraph should begin with a strong topic sentence that encapsulates the rest of the paragraph. Address each question directly.
- Show your personality. Give the reader a sense of who you are. Provide specific (yet relevant) details about your life, include an anecdote if appropriate, and be honest about why you want to study abroad. If you’re passionate about travel, for example, tell them.
- Write well. Follow the principles of good, effective writing. Eliminate any grammatical errors, favour the active voice over the passive, and use concrete and specific language. If you enjoy waxing poetic, try to keep it to a minimum.
- Keep it short. Many letters of intent are restricted to one page in length. The reader’s time is valuable, so only state the important things. The more concise you are, the better. Unless told otherwise, keep your letter between 300-500 words.
These letters are important, so don’t be afraid to write several drafts, or seek help from a trusted friend or professor. To give you an idea of what a letter of intent looks like, I’ve provided an example: the letter of intent that I wrote for my international exchange.
Dear Members of the Selection Committee:
My name is Abroad Guide and my dream is to travel abroad as part of a study exchange. A proud Vike, I’m very excited about the opportunity to study abroad with UVic and broaden my own horizons. I am applying to study in Spain and particularly interested in attending the University of Alcala next fall. I believe that as a driven learner, cultural sponge and adventurous spirit, I am an ideal exchange student and perfect for this program.
Travel has always been a part of my life. I remember moving to the Dominican Republic when I was ten. It was an enormous change compared to my hometown in Florida. I was eating things I had never heard of, and I learned that electricity and running water are luxuries for most. During that time, I was introduced to the Spanish language and my love for my Hispanic roots. Studying in Spain—the birthplace of Latin American culture—would help me further explore my heritage.
Studying abroad would give me a chance to continue my studies while experiencing a different culture. While studying English and Professional Writing here at UVic, I used my electives to study Spanish and Hispanic culture. My personal curiosity developed into a scholarly interest, and I have now declared for the Certificate of Spanish Language and Cultural Proficiency. I’m confident that a semester en España would enhance my studies in this field.
The University of Alcala offers the academic and cultural experience that I desire. It offers courses taught in English, along with Spanish classes for non-native speakers. Roughly the size of UVic, the University of Alcala is one of the top schools in the Spanish-speaking world. Located in the hometown of writer Miguel de Cervantes, the school has a rich tradition in humanities and a main campus that dates back to the sixteenth century. It would be a privilege to attend such a world-class institution on behalf of UVic.
As an English student, I have learned that literature plays many roles in our lives. Opening a book is like opening a door into another world full of characters, ideas and perspectives that are otherwise unreachable. I believe that traveling does the same thing. The last four years at UVic have enriched my life with experiences I’ll never forget. With only a few short semesters left here at UVic, my experience as an undergraduate is coming to a close. But I have applied to go on exchange because I think there’s time for one last adventure.
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