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Admission Essays - Complete Overview

Written by  Rachit Agrawal

Reviewed by  Priyanka Bhargava

Published: Mon, September 30, 2019 9:30 AM IST  Updated: Mon, September 30, 2019 9:30 AM IST  9 mins read

Admission Essays - Complete Overview

Written by  Rachit Agrawal

Reviewed by  Priyanka Bhargava

Published: Mon, Sep 30, 2019 9:30 AM IST  Updated: Mon, Sep 30, 2019 9:30 AM IST  9 mins read
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Essays are required for any education, but for studying abroad, Essay's value multiplies coherently. The idea of writing an essay is to either express yourself or your emotions or notions on a given topic. In countries like the United States and Canada, essays have become a significant form of education. Students are taught to structure essays to improve their writing skills.

Study Abroad Essays

There are several essay types in general, but the essential essays that a study abroad aspirant should be aware of are:

  • Application Essay for admission in  any University
  • Scholarship Essay for requesting the university for a financial aid
  • Gap-year Essay for explaining the reasons for the gap in profile
  • Academic Essays

Application Essay

Admission or application essay, some of the time likewise called an individual articulation or admission statement, is defined as an essay or any other composed explanation composed by a candidate, frequently a forthcoming understudy applying to some college, college, or graduate school. The application essay is a typical piece of the college and college admissions process.

 The application essay is a typical piece of the college and college admissions process. A few applications may require at least one essay to be finished, while others make essays discretionary or valuable. Essay points extend from unmistakable to open-finished. The Common Application, utilized for undergrad admissions by numerous American colleges
and colleges, requires a general admissions essay, notwithstanding any supplemental admissions essays required by part establishments.

 The Common Application offers students six admissions essay prompts from which to choose. Profile evaluation


Scholarship Essay

Having been selected in a University is the joyous part, but the tension arises when the payment of it begins, especially for students who are not financially adept. The best choice for them is applying for scholarships either through University or from any funding organizations. Almost every University provides scholarships and, if not, a source to it. To get that Scholarship, one has to write a Scholarship Essay describing why they need the scholarship and why they deserve it. 

The chances are least that you will only be expected to fill up an application form. The Scholarship essay is the most important part of your application as it is the only source for you to connect yourself with the committee and show them why you should be deserving of the scholarship.

Gap-year Essay

Taking a gap between your education, be it during high school and Undergraduate or Undergraduate and Postgraduate, it is considered a "Gap Year."This is the time when an individual focuses on different aspects than academics. A Gap Year essay is required for some Universities, especially for courses that do not need or ask for any gap between the degrees to get work experience. 

A Gap year essay describes your reasons for taking the gap, the reason can be one or more, but you mustn't mention sole preparation for exams like IELTS, SAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL as your reason to take the gap. You can mention any internship that you have done or a company that you were working for as an employee. You need to let the committee know that you did not waste the year and utilized it to learn new skills. Gap Years can also be taken due to illness or personal reasons, but the reason should be genuine and well explained.

Academic Essays

Students during their education are often asked to write essays on topics which they need to assess. In many Universities, students are given two to three essays to write within a few months. These essays are called "Academic Essays" or "Papers."

These essays are for academic reasons and need a lot of research and logic in them, although the writer can express their views, but they should be based on some hypothesis and backed up a theory. These essays can be from 2000-5000 words, as per the level of education. Longer essays may also include an introductory page that defines the topic, a bibliography for citing pages.

How to Write Essay to Study Abroad

Study Abroad essays are an integral part of the education one receives abroad. It is essential to write these in a proper form. 

Mentioned below are some of the ways for you to write an essay for study abroad :

  1. An Essay should have an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. Any incomprehensible essay will not be able to meet its end.
  2. Always write the essay as per its requirements, do not stray from the topic, be it application, gap year, scholarship, or any academic essay.
  3. Write the precise details in the essays and cite anyone whose work you use.
  4. In application, gap year, and scholarship essay, you represent yourself, so do not write anything that can go negatively.
  5. Always proofread your essay before submitting it. Check for any grammatical errors and plagiarism.


✅ How can I write application for study abroad?

Ans: Rather than a large block of text, try to separate your application into little paragraphs. Each text should be topic-relevant and to-the-point. Give the reader a sense of who you are. Give some background information about yourself and be open about your aims and motives for studying abroad.

✅ What Are the Five Components of an Essay?
Ans: Introduction. The introduction is the first section of your essay, and it should begin by telling the reader exactly what issue your essay is addressing. First Body Paragraph. Second Body Paragraph. Third Body Paragraph.

✅ What is an example essay?

Ans: An example essay is a sort of argumentative essay that uses examples to prove a point. An exemplification essay begins with a broad statement about the subject. Once a generalisation has been picked, build on it with instances that are pertinent to the aim of the argument to strengthen the paper's integrity.

About the Author & Expert


Rachit Agrawal

author • MBA • 2 years

Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.