Writing the motivation letter for a course is an important step in the application process – it will be the central element by which the organizing group will select the participants.
So, where to start? What should you write? What should you not write?
These guidelines will help write your motivation letter, but keep in mind that there are no perfect models and these tips are only a starting point to help write a good motivation letter, increasing your chances of being accepted.
- Something about you – what you study, what you do in your day to day, what are your hobbies, sports you practice, and even what foreign languages you speak … BEST courses are always fun, so organizers need to know if you are a fun person.
- Why do you want to travel and go abroad, and why do you want to go to a BEST event? It is important for the organizers to realize that you have an international mindset.
- Why are you applying for this particular event? Why is the topic appealing to you? How will the knowledge you acquire benefit you (in your studies, in your future career …)? BEST courses, for example, have a strong academic component depending on the level of the course, so it is important for the organizers to realize that you are really interested in the subject! Of course, if you are applying for a leisure event then this tip does not apply.
- Explain why you want to visit that city or country so much. It is highly recommended that you do a little research of the place you are applying for before you write your motivation letter. Famous monuments, typical foods and drinks, traditions, etc. Organizers like candidates to show genuine interest in the place they are applying to.
- What do you have to offer to the event? In other words, why would the organizers choose you? (Examples: you are very good at karaoke, you know how to dance like Michael Jackson, or you can count more than 100 jokes).
- Often it is necessary to tell the organizers that you have a minimum knowledge about the subject of the course. Please read carefully the course information on the site in order to discover this information.
- Your motivation letter will be read by students, students just like you. Therefore, there is no need for formalities like “Dear….”
- The motivation letter is not a curriculum vitae (CV). Do not worry about listing the schools where you studied or your grades, or the jobs you did. We want to know more about you and who you are.
- Be careful when sending the appropriate letter to the appropriate place (not the mistures or exchanges, if you apply for more than one event!).
- Copying and pasting letters of motivation is not very recommended. You should try to make each motivation letter personal and unique!
- Do not make your letter very extensive. Half an A4 page is ideal, and should hold enough for the organizers to know you. If your letter is larger than an A4, you may not get to read everything. On the other hand, if it is too short the organizers will think that you are not sufficiently interested in the event. So, try to maintain a balance.
- Avoid submitting your letter at the last minute, thus avoiding flaws that may arise in the application system.