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International Student Personal Statements

These personal statement examples have all been written by international students applying for university courses in the UK. So if you're applying through UCAS from overseas, these statements should give you a good idea of how others successfully secured a place at their chosen universities. Feel you need a little extra help? Take a look at our Personal Statement Editing & Critique packages.

Some people believe there is no universal key to the mysteries of the world, but I am convinced otherwise. Since early childhood when my parents, both physicists by training, patiently answered all my why-questions and encouraged me in my fascination with astronomy, I have been thinking of Physics as the perfect science that can unveil all the secrets that fascinate humanity...
I was born in Japan and attended the Collin School where I studied till primary, when my family shifted their base from Japan to India in 1997. I skipped class 1 due to differences in the education system of both the countries...
The team YYZ, Your company broke and I'm sorry to declare that your team is out of game. Good luck next time! Unlike most of people start their interests through achievements, my interest in accounting started with the failure of the ERP competition...
As a senior student at the Management School in Jinan University, one of the oldest key national universities in China, I will graduate in 2010 with a diploma. However, I believe that will not be the end of my academic life...
The subject of economics, which I seek to study in the coming years, was first introduced to me through the United States Academic Decathlon, a ten-subject team competition for high schools. Over the past two years I have devoted hundreds of hours to independent preparation for this competition...
I have always been interested in the unwritten rules and workings of society, but it wasn't until I stumbled upon the book "Watching the English: the Hidden Rules of English Behaviour" by Kate Fox that I really began considering sociology as a potential career...
Growing up, my aspirations were ever evolving - a lawyer, a doctor, an author- as were my interests. The one thing that stayed is my love for stories. I started off believing that I would end up as an English major, but over the course of my IBHL English literature course, I found that I was more interested in the context that prompted the author's publications...
During my trip to China in 2006, I discovered a society vastly different from the one I was growing up in. While exploring the outskirts of Shanghai, my family and I were astonished by the levels of poverty and scarcity – I vividly remember watching someone clean a whole chicken in the same river I had just seen another person urinate into...
The study of conflicts, international relations and politics could essentially be seen as understanding the way different actors relate to each other. It therefore holds the potential to polarise but also to include and encourage co-operation, which summarises my ideas, thoughts and hopes as to why I wish to pursue this interest...
Super-hero, fireman, princess, vet? None of these were ever my dream job when I was a child. I wanted to be an airline pilot, then an astronaut, and I still want to work in this field. I am currently a student at IEP Bordeaux, and I am excited to apply to the PSIA Master in International Security in order to go into work in the aeronautical or aerospatial field...
Yearly family gatherings always are a linguistic challenge for me. The unfamiliarity of asking my relatives from Bavaria numerous times to repeat themselves often caused me to feel like we speak entirely different languages – albeit we were taught the same rules of pronunciation, grammar and meaning...
Throughout my life I have experienced a wide variety of cultures- I have Spanish and Lebanese origins, but I was born in Mexico; and during my childhood I was educated in a British school. This multicultural background sparked in me a great interest in understanding relations between different countries and their differences in government and economy...
Throughout my life I have experienced a wide variety of cultures- I have Spanish and Lebanese origins, but I was born in Mexico; and during my childhood I was educated in a British school. This multicultural background sparked in me a great interest in understanding relations between different countries and their differences in government and economy...