Tips for Completing Essays

Many programs admit students based heavily on the essay statements. Take time to put some thought and grammar check into your essays.

Essay Questions

Essay A: How will your participation in this program contribute to your academic & professional growth? (connections to degree plan, career path, academic interests, etc.)

Essay B: Please discuss your personal goals for studying abroad and what challenges you anticipate.  (connections to identity, language, cultural interests, etc.)

Essay Writing Tips

  • No more than 250 words each.
  • The audience is the faculty director and Education Abroad program coordinator.
  • Avoid general statements like, “I want to study abroad to broaden my horizons."
  • Make connections to the program location and course content.
  • Address your motivation, goals and preparedness to study abroad.
  • Focus on specific examples to illustrate your essay's points.
  • Utilize the Undergraduate Writing Center or the UT Learning Center.
  • Type the essays in a word processing program (e.g. Microsoft Word), then copy and paste them into the online application.