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How to Write Your Motivation Letter for German Student Visa

Updated on June 29, 2017
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Charles is an electrical engineer from Ghana who is currently studying in Germany and loves writing.

Most students do not really think much of their motivation letter. However, it is one of the most important, if not the most important component of your visa application. Your motivation letter makes its way to the Immigration Office in your university town in Germany, where it is assessed. They then decide based on the information you have provided whether you will be of benefit both to Germany and your home country. If they feel your long term goals would not provide any substantial benefit to your home country and more importantly to Germany, it can easily lead to the refusal of your visa.

This is why a lot of research and effort should be put into the writing of your motivation letter. Your goals and aspirations should be in conformity with what Germany and your State expects from students who will be studying in the field you applied to. For your motivation letter to be successful, it should address certain key issues and should also be in the right format.

The format of your motivation letter should follow the format of most letters. It should have these three features:

  1. Introduction
  2. Body
  3. Conclusion

These three features should address different issues in your motivation letter. Below are what they should address.

Introduction

  • It should explain what makes Germany stand apart from other countries.
  • It should address why you would like to study in Germany.

Body

  • It should tackle why you chose to study at your university
  • It should contain some reasons for the choice of your study program

Conclusion

  • It should address your future plans
  • It can be used to clarify any inconsistencies that you might have in your application

Now that we have a good idea of how the format of your motivation letter should appear, we would go ahead and get into greater detail on how the different issues in your motivation letter should be addressed.

It Should Explain What Makes Germany Stand Apart From Other Countries


So, what is it about Germany that sets it apart from other equally developed nations? This is the first question that your motivation letter should address. You should use this to outline some remarkable achievements of Germany as a country. Let the person reading your motivation letter feel proud that he or she is German. Explain what is so special about Germany that you are prepared to leave your family and stay there for a minimum of eighteen months. Some things that set Germany apart from other countries include:

  • It is one of most technologically advanced countries in the world.
  • It has the world's fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP, as well as the fifth largest by purchasing power parity.
  • It is both the world's third-largest exporter and importer of goods.
  • It has been listed as the most energy efficient major economy by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient economy.


It Should Address Why You Would Like to Study in Germany.

This is the most important part of your introduction. First and foremost, you should make it clear why you chose to study in Germany and not any other country. Take the time to explain what it is about the German educational system that sets it apart from the rest. Do well to point out how their style of teaching differs from other countries. Listing some remarkable scholars that their stringent educational system has produced will be a big plus. You can also try to elaborate on the importance of education to the German government and how the low cost of their education influenced your choice to study there. Safety is of major concern to every international student and hence it will be wise to point how safe Germany is as compared to other popular study destinations. Last but not the least, don't forget to bring up the advantage of learning a second language. Some examples of reasons that you can give for wanting to study in Germany are:

  • Their dual teaching system which combines theoretical learning and practical training produces graduates who are well prepared for the work environment.
  • Their educational system is of high quality. It is as such no surprise that it has been able to generate world-class scholars like Albert Einstein and Max Planck.
  • The Germany government heavily invests in education and research and this accounts for DAAD being the largest funding organization in the world.
  • Tuition-free education is not only extended to their citizens but also to international students as well, thus the cost of education is relatively cheaper as compared to other countries.
  • Germany has been listed as the fourth safest country in the world for international students according to a survey conducted by the student room website.
  • With more than 100 million native speakers, German is the most widely-spoken first language in Europe and hence the German language is becoming increasingly important in the global market.

It Should Tackle Why You Chose To Study at Your University

This is where a lot of research has to be done about your university. You can first start by giving some solid points on what makes your university attractive to international students. Is the level and quality of programs taught at your university different from other universities? If so, hit on the points that make them of higher quality. Also, if the level of infrastructure, teaching, research and the competence of the professors at your university are miles ahead of other universities, proudly point that out. Internships are very crucial in helping students find jobs after completing their studies and so if your university offers help in this regard, it will be advantageous to state it. Some factors that can influence a student to study at a particular university are:

  • If it is a highly dynamic and committed university whose programs prepare students to use scientific methods in their professional career.
  • If it provides an excellent learning and working environment that creates the necessary framework for a short period of study and high level of success.
  • If it has a strong international focus and has most of its students having spent at least one semester of study or internship abroad.
  • If it maintains numerous collaborative contacts with industries such that its students have little difficulty in finding eager partners for their projects, internships, or bachelor’s theses.
  • If the professors and lecturers are accomplished and approachable researchers who enjoy working closely with students to help them reach their full potential
  • If it possesses modern infrastructure and laboratories equipped with the latest technology.

It Should Contain Some Reasons For The Choice Of Your Study Program

You can begin by giving a brief history of how you developed an interest in the program. Giving a detailed explanation on what sets the program apart from other similar programs at other universities will be very beneficial. Also, commenting on the structure of your study program and how the modules are designed so as to be helpful to students can greatly raise the appeal of your motivation letter. What sort of students does your program target and also what sort of skills and expertise does your program provide? These are very important questions that definitely need to be tackled here. A very good conclusion here will be to outline some career opportunities that are available to students after completing their studies. Below are good examples of reasons a student can give for choosing a particular study program:

  • My interest in Microsystems developed after working on a project on sensors and transducers during my final year.
  • The computer science program at Paderborn University ranks very high as compared to other computer science programs at other universities.
  • The degree has a modular structure allowing students the freedom to choose from a range of modules, according to their academic progress and focus area.
  • The program is designed for students who intend to work for international companies in functions or projects which require an engineering background as well as a thorough understanding of management practices.
  • The program is designed to be highly interdisciplinary and provides profound technical expertise as well as finely-tuned soft skills.
  • Graduates of this program have excellent opportunities for starting their careers and will continue to have good prospects in the future.




It Should Address Your Future Plans

It is vital to state your long term goals and aspiration after completing your studies. You should address how you would be of benefit to Germany and your home country after completing your studies. It is advisable to make it clear that you intend to return home after completing your studies. A good example is to write something like this:

"My main goal after completion of my degree program is to come back home and use the knowledge and skills that I have acquired to impact positively on my country. I plan on venturing into the private sector and establishing my own company that emphasizes on renewable energy production. Various German Companies like EnD-I AG, Energiebau, and MP-Tech who are into solar and wind energy have expressed their preparation to partner with the private sector in Ghana."

It Can Be Used To Clarify Any Inconsistencies That You Might Have In Your Application

You can use this opportunity to clarify any inconsistencies in your visa application. If you are going for a master's program that is totally unrelated to your bachelor's program, you can explain your reason here. If you feel you have a very good reason on why you have a low academic profile, you can make your reason known here. Also, if you have very tangible reasons for going for a second master's or bachelor's degree, then you can outline some of your reasons here. Here are examples of good reasons given by some students for inconsistencies in their visa applications.

  • I had the opportunity to work in the environmental sector for two years. This is where my interest in environmental issues developed. Even though my degree is totally unrelated to this sector, I believe I have the relevant work experience and passion to succeed in this field.
  • I am a generally a very good student as you can tell from my high school results. However, during my first and second year at the university, the death of my mum really had a negative effect on my ability to study effectively. I was, however, able to recover and do exceptionally well in my third and final year.
  • I initially applied for my dream Ph.D. program at TU-Munich. However, I was denied admission on the basis that I lacked sufficient course content and research in my master's degree. I, therefore, decided to apply for another master's degree so as to get the necessary course content and research experience to apply for my dream Ph.D. program at TU-Munich.


One of the first steps in passing your visa interview and securing a student visa is to understand the reasons the German Embassy refuses to hand out visas to some students. This will help you from repeating such mistakes. You can find a detailed explanation of the reasons here.

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      Elena Petuhova 7 months ago

      Hello, dear Charles! Thank you a lot for the article! Could you please take a look at my motivation and express your opinion? Does it look consistent?

      Dear Sir or Madam,

      I am writing this motivation letter as a part of the application for German’s national visa to obtain the Master’s degree in Germany.

      First of all, I would like to explain why Germany attracts me that much and why I would like to study there. Now Germany is a high powered country which has the world's fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP, as well as the fifth-largest by purchasing power parity, it is a developed country with low level of corruption, which has 6th place over the world according human development index. Of the world's 500 largest companies measured by revenue in 2016, the Fortune Global 500, 28 are headquartered in Germany so it has 5th place in the list of the top 10 countries with the most Global 500 companies. Germany is a global leader in science and technology as its achievements in the fields of science and technology have been significant. The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 106 German laureates which gives Germany third place around the world according that. Germany produces the second highest number of graduates in science and engineering (31%) after South Korea. Germany has been the home of many famous inventors and engineers, including Hans Geiger, the creator of the Geiger counter; and Konrad Zuse, who built the first fully automatic digital computer. At the same time I got disappointed with Russian educational system. Although it is quite fundamental and broad, it falls behind cutting-edge technologies and provides compulsory humanity courses even for masters programs in “Computer Science”. Higher education in Russia is far from being well organized and is very corrupted. Taking under consideration all that facts I decided to obtain the degree abroad in Germany which is well known for its high quality of education and where education is more practically oriented and includes modern technologies.

      I have been passionate about computers since I was 15 years old when my father bought for me my first home computer and I started to explore it with great interest. Informatics was my favorite discipline at school and I chose it as one of my elective subjects. After I finished school I went for the Bachelor program of “Computer Science and Computer Engineering” at Ustinov Baltic State Technical University “Voenmeh” in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, which I finished with honors in 2005. At that time I also got interested in another field of study – “Automatic control systems”. So I decided to broaden my knowledge by doing a master's degree in “Automation and Control” at the same university and I completed it with honors in 2007.

      After obtaining my master's degree I still wanted to get more experienced in “Computer Science”. So I took up a job of a software developer for the JSC “Ravenstvo” where I worked for a year. In that position I developed software for gamma therapy units.

      Later on I moved to the field of automatic control systems for unmanned aerial vehicles as an engineer at JSC “Concern Granit-Electron” where I have been working for the last 8 years. Though the work there requires extensive knowledge and skills related to “Automation and Control” but it is not connected that much with modern “Computer Science”. After years of working for that company it turned out that there are no career opportunities for me in that company. And, in the vast majority of cases the vacancies in that area are limited to the sphere of defense.

      As I am tired of working for war and want to be engaged in a civilian sphere to grow professionally, I decided to go back to software development. After looking for a job as a software developer I realized that my basic knowledge and skills in that area are neither sufficient nor up-to-date anymore because the sphere of Computer Science is changing very fast together with new emerging technologies. So I decided to obtain another masters degree in “Computer Science”.

      I selected the master’s program of “Computer Science” at the University of Passau as it has top place in the CHE ranking for Computer Science master's programmes 2015-16 and a broad international and relevant selection of modules. Futhermore, as a student, I will work on cutting-edge research projects and Passau is a perfect place for study as it is small and quiet and does not have a lot of distractions.

      After completing that degree I am planning to apply for a position of a software developer in a big international company which we have a lot in Saint-Petersburg or maybe continue study that field and obtain Phd in “Computer Science”. I believe that the master’s program of “Computer Science” at the University of Passau will give me a good chance to realize my plans. It offers a great opportunity to deepen my knowledge in the field of computer science, update it and get experienced in working with an international team, as well as to improve my language skills.

      Thank you very much for considering my visa application and I look forward to your positive response.

      Yours faithfully,

      Elena P

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      CK Amoabeng 7 months ago from Germany

      Wow. That's a really good motivation letter. I think it is consistent and clearly explains your reason and motive for going for a second master's degree.

      However, if I were you, I would remove this part from the motivation letter: " At the same time I got disappointed with Russian educational system. Although it is quite fundamental and broad, it falls behind cutting-edge technologies and provides compulsory humanity courses even for masters programs in “Computer Science”. Higher education in Russia is far from being well organized and is very corrupted".

      I feel that part is not really necessary but overall it is an excellent motivation letter.

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      Dipendra Yadav 3 months ago

      Thanks a lot Charles for writing this post bro. you have posted exactly what is needed by the aspirants of MS like me,

      Thank you again..

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      CK Amoabeng 3 months ago from Germany

      You are welcome Dipendra. I am very glad this article has been of some help to you.

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      CK Amoabeng 3 months ago from Germany

      This is a sample motivation letter that I received from a lady who has been admitted to study Power Systems Engineering at TU Clausthal. She asked me to take a look at it and express my opinion. I think it is a good motivation letter and can be of some help to future applicants.

      Dear Sir or Madam,

      I am writing to apply for a long-term student visa for Germany in order to complete my master programme in power systems engineering (engergiesystemtechnik) at TU CLausthal.

      First of all, I would like to explain why Germany attracts me that much and why I would like to study there. Now Germany is a high powered country. It is a developed country which has the 6th place over the world according to human development index. Of the world's 500 largest companies measured by revenue in 2016, the Fortune Global 500, 28 are headquartered in Germany so it has 5th place in the list of the top 10 countries with the most Global 500 companies. Germany is a global leader in science and technology as its achievements in the fields of science and technology have been significant. The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 106 German laureates which gives Germany third place around the world according to that. Germany produces the second highest number of graduates in science and engineering (31%) after South Korea. Germany has been the home of many famous inventors and engineers, including Hans Geiger, the creator of the Geiger counter; and Konrad Zuse, who built the first fully automatic digital computer.Taking into consideration all that facts I decided to obtain the degree abroad in Germany which is well known for its high quality of education and where education is more practically oriented and includes modern technologies.

      I have been passionate about engineering since I was 8 years old. Both of my parents are engineers. My mum works at society national of electricity and so that fueled my desire to learn more about electricity. Electricity was my favorite discipline at school and I chose it as one of my elective subjects. After I finished school I went for the Bachelor program of “electromechanical Engineering” at Odessa national polytechnic university in Odessa, Ukraine, which I finished with honors in 2016.

      In DR Congo, the company that has the monopoly of energy production is called SNEL and produces clean energy from hydroelectric power plants. In this respect, production is lower than demand. In some provinces, such as Kasai, SNEL uses thermal energy and this costs a lot of money. Because of the high cost of gas, power is supplied to the population at different times of the day. With the mining boom, energy is not enough to cater for the need of miners considering that supplying power to the general population is even a problem. The Congolese law permits the development of several forms of energy to supplement other forms of energy such as renewable energy, thermal energy, photovoltaic power, energy nuclear and so on. The need to specialize in other forms of energy is imminent for the democratic republic of Congo to help supplement the growing mining sector.

      Following completion of my studies at TU Clausthal, I intend to return to DR Congo and start my career at SNEL or maybe my own business that specializes in power production using the knowledge that I have acquired which can be the mainstream solution in almost every engineering sector. I believe with what I would have learned at TU CLausthal , I will be able to better serve my country.

      Thank you very much for considering my visa application and I look forward to your positive response.

      Yours faithfully,

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      Dipendra Yadav 3 months ago from Nepal

      Hey Charles,

      Can you please share with us like, what should be the length of Letter of Motivation. Is it OK if my letter of motivation is of two page?

      Thank you

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      CK Amoabeng 3 months ago from Germany

      Hello Dipendra,

      I don't think there is an ideal length for a cover letter or motivation letter. It depends on the individual. The most important thing to make sure that you have covered all the important points. However, I think a good length would be something between 1000 and 1500 words. Anything less 500 words would be too short and anything more than 2000 words would be too long. Good luck.

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      CK Amoabeng 3 months ago from Germany

      If anyone would like some help with his or her motivation letter, you can post it here in the comments section. I will take a look at it and give you the necessary feedback. Please don't send it to my email or facebook account. Post it here so that other future applicants can also learn from your motivation letter. Thank you.

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      CK Amoabeng 3 months ago from Germany

      A student from Egypt sent me his motivation letter to analyze. He is going for a bachelor's program in Computer Science at TU Clausthal. It seems like a lot of students are choosing to attend TU Clausthal these days. Anyway, his motivation letter was good so I didn't really have anything to say about it. With his permission, I have decided to post his motivation letter here so that other prospective applicants can learn from it. You can find his motivation letter below.

      Motivation Letter

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Only then do I believe success can truly be achieved.

      I wish to apply for a long-term student visa to be able to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Germany and be a part of the Computer Science program at TU Clausthal.

      I have chosen Germany because it is a symbol of technical excellence, such of which cannot be achieved without excellent education. The fact that many German institutions of education charge little to no tuition fee by international comparison apprised me of the importance Germany holds in education. Also, German universities are considered the best in the world for Engineering & IT programs and provide outstanding choices of courses which are internationally recognized and offer a good mix of research and job-oriented courses. Germany ranks third among the top countries winning the Nobel Prize with a total of one hundred and five wins according to World Atlas. So, having a degree from Germany will be easily recognized worldwide. Around twelve percent of students at German universities come from foreign countries. Germany has been listed as the fourth safest country in the world for international students according to a survey conducted by the student room website. German is the most widely-spoken language in Europe as there are more than one hundred million native speakers. The German language is becoming more important every day.

      I chose the Computer Science program as when I was younger, Computers and Computer Graphics have always been a point of magnetic interest for me. I have always been mesmerized by how Computers could do lots of things, especially play and create video games and animated movies. So, when I found this program and saw the modules, I felt that I found something that fits me and that I will be able to achieve my dreams as I will be able to learn about computers and how it works for the first two years and in the third year I will be able to specialize in Computer Graphics which will teach me all about graphics including video games and animated movies.

      I chose TU Clausthal for two reasons; the first reason being the amazing reputation of TU Clausthal as it’s one of the well-known universities in Germany and the top university with the most number of international students which will be an excellent opportunity to meet and discover a lot of new cultures. Also, after researching about the university, I concluded that it’s easy to reach out to the professors, which is an important tool to help the students in their studies and succeed. The second reason is the city itself which I fell in love with the moment I searched about it. Clausthal-Zellerfeld is like a city for students. It has all the components to create the perfect atmosphere for students and it’s surrounded by nature which is something important for me, holding a lot of value.

      After graduating I want to come back to my home country and build my own video games studio up and become the first gaming studio to represent my country worldwide. As there is a lack of studios in my country concentrating on making video games which is a devout passion of mine and many others like me, I really hope that the knowledge and experience I shall gain from my stay in Germany will help me achieve my goals. Thank you for your valuable time.

      Sincerely Yours,

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      Dipendra Yadav 3 months ago from Nepal

      Hey Charles,

      Is plagiarism an issue which we should be aware of while writing Letter of Motivation and If so How am I supposed to insert data from sites like Wikipedia in my LOM?

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      Salman 2 months ago

      Hi Charles

      I am really grateful for your article because it was very helpful for me.

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      joe 2 months ago

      Hello Charles, thanks a lot for this article. could you please go through my motivation letter and give your opinion if its ok or if i need to make any correction.

      Dear Sir or Madam,

      My names are Emmanuel Orobosa Ediku. I am writing to you because i wish to apply for a student visa. I can explain my main motivation for this very important step in my life by stating that i am a man that is determined to succeed, with great ambition and a positive attitude. I desire to pursue my education, which i had to stop for financial reasons at a time. My father studied in the UK and since he came back to Nigeria, he has always found it easy to get good jobs, that’s why my parents wish was and still remains that i study abroad because doing so will add value to my profile and increase my chances of getting a very good job when i come back. My uncle has offered to help me pursue my education and my dream of becoming a graduate. He has also promised to take care of all my expenses while i study in Germany.

      Since my secondary school days, i have been fascinated by how a computer works. Technology was and is still fast growing and i dreamt of becoming a Computer Engineer, Database Administrator or an I.T consultant. Basically i just wanted to work with computers and that’s why i have decided to go into the field of Computer Science. I have been to some computer schools including New Horizon just to learn the basics and even how to network systems. I am determined to be the best in this field because i believe that meself, any firm, company or state government that i'll work for, will benefit a lot from the knowledge i'll acquire in this course. Currently in Nigeria, men and women who had studied in this field, have very good jobs expecially those that aquire foreign degrees and are paid very well too.

      Apart from being the place where my uncle lives, i decided to choose Germany as the country where i want to study because of the advances its universities have made in all areas of specialties, especially Computer Science. It is one of most technologically advanced countries in the world and has one of the world's largest economy by nominal GDP. Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is quite fair and the tuition-free education is not just for their citizens but also for foreign students as well. Germany is one of the safest countries in the world and i like the fact that the German society is full of lifestyles and truly different ethnic diversity. Above all that i like about the country, people all over the world including Nigerians, holds anyone with a German university degree in high regards because it’s one of the best in the world.

      Though i learnt basic German language here in Nigeria at Goethe Institut that will allow me to integrate into the German society, i want to continue learning the language in Germany because it is an opportunity to perfect my knowledge of the language amongst native speakers and to know more about its great culture better. German is the most widely-spoken first language in Europe and hence the German language is becoming increasingly important in the global market. Furthermore, based on some of the research i made on the best way to learn a foreign language, i learnt that the best way is to be in a place where you are surrounded by it. I have chosen ASL Sprachenschule in Munich as the place to perfect my German because it has a friendly atmosphere for learning with affordable course fees and they also have leisure activities for the students.

      My main goal is to finish my language course and then get accepted in one of the best universities in Germany after which i hope to be one of the best students there and aquire my degree, which will help me establish myself back home with either a private sector or with the state government. I have gone through tough challenges and succeeded in dealing with them. I promise to put in my utmost effort in starting and finishing my studies in Germany and to also achieve the best results regardless of any difficulty i may go through. I humbly request you to please consider my application and grant me a student visa to pursue my studies and make my dreams come through, thank you.

      Yours faithfully,

      Joseph

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      Dipendra Yadav 2 months ago from Nepal

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      I am writing this letter to explain the purpose behind choosing the University of Rostock in

      Germany for my Master in Electrical Engineering.

      Being an Electrical engineer, my dream has always been to see my country and eventually the

      world getting its major portion of electricity from the sustainable and renewable energy

      sources which do not have any adverse effect on our planet and leads to the welfare of the

      humanity as a whole. I feel my goal can only be achieved by studying in Germany, as it has

      been taking giant leaps in this direction.

      Germany is known to the world as "the first major renewable energy economy". Due to its

      energy revolution, Germany has become a front runner in replacing nuclear and fossil fuels

      with solar and wind technology. According to Wikipedia, Renewable energy alone

      contributed to 34% of the country's electricity in 2016, up from 6.3 percent in 2010. It is

      predicted that eventually, they will replace coal, although Germany is shutting down its

      nuclear plants first. Germany is pioneering an energy transformation that scientists say all

      countries must one day complete if a climate disaster is to be avoided. The commitment of

      Germany, the world's fourth-largest economy towards the protection of environment is

      evident from its decision to undertake one of the most radical emission cuts—by 2020, a 40

      percent cut from 1990 levels, and by 2050, at least 80 percent. This revolution has come from

      the grass root levels: Individual citizens, local citizens associations and energy cooperatives

      have made half the investment in renewables. The government is helping renewable energy

      producers by paying them for energy and guaranteeing prices. There has been a 27%

      reduction in Germany's greenhouse gas emissions due to its renewable energy growth.

      Among large industrial nations, Germany is a leader in the development of Green Energy as

      the main source of electricity. My country Nepal is endowed with huge potential but still has

      a long way to go in the utilization of renewable energy as the main source of electricity.

      Hence, I feel that Germany is the only country where I can learn the proper skills, knowledge

      and most importantly, develop the right attitude which will help me in realizing my goals.

      I would like to pursue my Master in Electrical engineering at the University of Rostock

      because it can provide me with the best opportunity to expand my knowledge acquired during

      my bachelor studies and the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical provides excellent

      care because of its very good student-professor ratio. Alongside the study of basics of

      Electrical engineering, the course is dedicated to research and studies of subjects like Modern

      Wind Turbines, Bioenergy and Waste to Energy, Renewable Energy Sources, etc which will

      help me in acquiring the proper skills of autonomous scientific work that in turn will enable

      me to contribute substantially to the development of Renewable energy as the major source of

      Electrical Power.

      The University of Rostock is the third-oldest university in Germany established in 1419 AD

      with the trademark of "Tradition and Innovation". The university possesses excellent

      collaborative research fields in the areas of Natural and Technological Sciences, medicine,

      life sciences, humanities and cultural studies. It has awarded honorary doctorates to great

      scientists like Albert Einstein and Max Planck which also made the University of Rostock,

      Germany's first university to award this honour to Einstein. The University is among the topten

      of most start-up friendly universities in Germany as stated by a nationwide ranking survey

      conducted by the University of Munich. So, I firmly believe that the University of Rostock

      with its great history and continuous endeavor to provide quality education is the best place

      for me to study and research in my area of interest.

      After completion of my studies at the University of Rostock, I intend to return back to my

      country and start my career in the development of sustainable and renewable energy as the

      major source of electricity in Nepal by joining Alternate Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)

      under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. As I feel that development of

      this sector is the only genuine solution to the frequent power cuts due to power shortage in

      my country and I believe with what I would learn at the University of Rostock, I will be able

      to better serve my country and eventually the World.

      Thank you very much for considering my application for German National Visa and I am

      looking forward to a positive response.

      Kindly yours,

      ………………....

      Dipendra Yadav.

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      CK Amoabeng 2 months ago from Germany

      Thank you Dipendra, for posting a sample of your cover letter. It is an excellent cover letter and I believe prospective students who want to study a similar program in Germany can greatly learn from it.

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      CK Amoabeng 2 months ago from Germany

      Hello Joe,

      I read through your cover letter and with the exception of few grammatical errors like "My names are Emmanuel Orobosa Ediku", it is an excellent cover letter overall.

      Just try to read it out loud or ask a friend to read through it for you. I am sure that will help you spot those few grammatical errors. I'm very grateful you decided to post your SOP here.

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      Nishan Singh 2 months ago

      I go Germany

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      Hassan 2 months ago

      Hello bro, thank you for all your advices, how is 3 pages for my motivation letter, i tried hard to compress it but really comfortable with this size as i said what i want to say

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      CK Amoabeng 2 months ago from Germany

      Hello Hassan,

      The most important thing is convincing whoever reading your motivation letter that you are a genuine and serious student who can be of benefit both to Germany and your home country. It doesn't really matter if it's 2 or 3 pages so far as you send this point across.

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      Hassan Hasib 2 months ago

      Thank you again. this is my 1300 words, 3 pages LOM

      Dear Officials of the Embassy,

      My name is Hassan Hasib, a Mechanical Engineer from Egypt, I have a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Minia University, Egypt. I have 5 years of experience in the field of Machining Industry. I am writing this letter to express my sincere motivations in applying for a student visa to pursue a Master of Business Administration & Engineering degree at HTW-Berlin, University of Applied Sciences.

      First of all, I grew up as a boy who admires bikes and robots, I have always been fascinated by the vast tasks they can perform. But my interest wasn't only satisfied by the outer appearance of these machines, it was constantly demanding to learn more about how they are managed and its internal complexities, this has always succeeded to have my attention. I started to be really passionate about Engineering when I learned about control systems at high school, it's when my older brother who works as biomedical engineer taught me how to build a photocell circuit to control our house lightening and save energy, and with my mathematical knowledge and true passion towards physics I believed that being an Engineer is the perfect career for me. Therefore, I succeeded to get my high school diploma with 96% and join the Engineering school at Minia University.

      Through my undergraduate study, I've acquired a strong background in the fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering subjects like Theories of Machine Design, Robotics, Quality Control, Engineering Economy, Industrial Organization and Factory Planning. Which helped me a lot to participate in several projects as design of 2 robots (Mine Detector Robot & Multi-Task Inventory Robot). I also was the university team leader in 2010 and 2011 at ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest (ROBOCON). The first solid engagement with industrial organizations started when I completed summer training in (Gymna Uniphy) the leading Belgian company for rehabilitation products.

      I have always tried to change things for the better, and therefore have tended to aim for leading positions. In 2011, I was a member of the committee supervising the student union elections at Minia University. Furthermore, I have taken the responsibility to lead the organizing team of the graduation party of 2011 class enhancing my time management skills and gaining some experience in the field of events management. After graduation, I completed a year and a half of military service in the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces working as a Planning Engineer. At the same period, I succeeded to pass the preparatory year exams required for pursuing a master’s degree.

      My Master’s degree from Minia University in Mechanical Engineering has equipped me with content knowledge and technical experience that will be a strong asset for me to be in a leading position. In addition, working as a research assistant for almost 4 years will make me able to grasp the study being conducted at HTW Berlin. I have focused the majority of my studies on Mechanical Parts Design Optimization. These foci were further sharpened when I supervised undergraduate students on a project of CNC machine parts design at Optimization and Topology Lab. Furthermore, I have the experience of writing scientific research articles in English language where I succeed to write a thesis of 95 pages. Also I have submitted two co-authored papers with my supervisor professor Omar Moussa who also received his PhD from Germany and inspired me to pursue my education there.

      In 2013, I founded a startup company (SIMPLEX ARABIA LLC) specialized in manufacturing of CNC Router Machines where me and my fellow co-founders got a seed fund of 15,000 USD from an American venture capital company (SAWARI Ventures) and its famous MENA region startup incubator (Flat6Labs Cairo) where the selection among more than 300 idea. I was responsible for supervising and managing the technological requirements and daily operations of the company. The business incubator provided us with 6 months of Entrepreneurship study at American University in Cairo. After that in 2015 the company has been acquired by investor Karim Hussein, PhD from MIT, who was the senior vice president of products and engineering at WebMD Inc., the leading healthcare information provider in USA, and own several companies in Egypt and USA. Now, The Company has a total revenues of about 200,000 USD.

      For the past year, I have been working as a freelancer on a project of manufacturing Dental Milling Machine for “El Enaya Dental Clinic” in Cairo, Egypt. The project idea is to produce a customized product with reachable cost instead of the high expensive imported products. Therefore, I aspire first to strengthening my business skills and learn more about German Manufacturing Standards by pursue a master’s degree in business and management from a reputable university in Germany, and then back home and launch a startup company in Egypt.

      While I am searching on DAAD database for the suitable business program, I found that MBA&E program at HTW Berlin is the ideal place to attain my goal since it is a distinct program that combines Business Administration with Engineering and is taught entirely in English. Furthermore, Germany is one of the largest economies in the world and the home to several top multinational industrial companies, also German Universities always collaborate with companies and industries where it’s a great opportunity to gain experiences and strengthening my knowledge of the Management System of Industrial Organizations. Furthermore, HTW Berlin provides assistance to complete an optional internship during the third semester in top German Companies like Daimler, Bombardier, Bosch, Volkswagen, and many more.

      My aspiration is to enroll in MBA&E program at HTW Berlin. I am planning to extend my experience to include Lean Management and Lean Production which are currently being conducted at MBA&E program. This will be very intriguing to me as a path for my future goals. In particular, learning in a practical context through the management simulation process that will be held while studying, and also the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the influential faculty staff at HTW Berlin, especially Prof. Benjamin Maerz whose currently research and focus on the connection of Lean Production Methods and Industry 4.0 (4th Industrial Revolution).

      Living and studying abroad is not an easy move, but I believe that I have enough motivation and drive to success. My previous work and research experience has built my self-esteem, supplied me with a wide set of practical skills, broadened my horizons in many different sciences and provided me with the motivation to study in a German University.

      HTW Berlin provide MBA&E students with German language classes at Foreign Languages Centre during study to enhance their communication skills outside the campus. On the other hand, I have already started a self-learning language study, I actually reckon my stay in Germany will help me get an even better language skills as a result of the daily interaction with the native speakers in Berlin which will allow me to merge with the German society and to know the great German culture better. In fact, diversity in Berlin has attracted me as I enjoy being surrounded by international students from different cultures around the world. I believe I can live in such circumstances.

      In conclusion, I hope that study at HTW Berlin is going to serve as the ultimate base to the journey I am taking to achieve my dreams towards a successful career. As far as long-term plans, I hope to launch a startup company in my home country, Egypt, in the field of Medical Equipment. And finally, I would like to express my gratitude for the future consideration of my application.

      I hereby confirm that everything stated above is true and I wrote this letter independently without any auxiliary means.

      Sincerely,

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      CK Amoabeng 2 months ago from Germany

      Thanks Hassan for posting this.

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      Hassan Hasib 2 months ago

      You are welcome Charles. so can i keep it as it is or reduce size. kindly tell me your opinion as i have interview after tomorrow :)

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      adilhaimoun 3 weeks ago

      Hello dear Charles!

      Thanks a lot for your enlightenments.

      Please would you kindly, check the letter below and let me know your remarks.

      Motivation Letter for National Visa Application

      Dear Sir or Madam,

      I am writing this motivation letter as a part of my application for a national visa to study “Bachelor of Business Administration with Informatics” at “South Westphalia, University of Applied Science”.

      First of all, Germany steps forward as one of the most leader countries in the world. It is the world’s 4th best country overall, the 4th largest economy by nominal GDP and the 5th by purchasing power parity. While also simultaneously the world's 3rd largest exporter and importer of goods. Listed as the most energy efficient major economy by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient economy, and ranked in the 6th place, according to the human development index; Germany is an active member of the major international organizations, including: “United Nations”, “European Union”, “G-20” major economies organization, “NATO” and the “Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development”.

      I preferred to study in Germany rather than another country due to several reasons. Most of all, German has been listed the world’s 4th safest country for international students based on surveys conducted by the student room website. The educational system of high quality that originated members of the world-class scholars like Albert Einstein: the theoretical physicist, and Konrad Zuse: the inventor of the 1st digital and programmable computers. The dual teaching approach that combines theory with practice producing graduates who are well-prepared for the work environment. The tuition-free education policy applied for both German and international students, thus the costs of education are relatively cheaper compared to other countries. Moreover, the Government is heavily investing in education and research; this account for the DAAD being the world’s largest funding organization.

      The South Westphalia, University of Applied Science, has been frequently ranked among the leading institutions in the "University ranking list" of the CHE & DIE ZEIT. The university trains qualified specialists in various emerging domains, one of them is “Business Administration and Information Technology”. Its close networks with collaborative partners regionally and International universities overseas offer positive prospects for successful professionals. Generally, studies are based on classic full-time attendance, special classes and developed tailor-made modules for every stage of training, and above all small tutorial groups with individual support providing focus on advanced modern courses and research. Everyone gets involved in the study process, and professors in cooperation with consultants are always there to listen and to campaign the pupils.

      My interest in “business administration and informatics” evolved after 2012, back then I was a “reservation agent” in a travel agency, and it is later in 2015 as a “sales representative” in fashion and clothing industry, that I have recognized the crucial role of “management and information technology” in the modern pioneer businesses. Meanwhile my wife “My Motivator” was always encouraging me to apply for a Bachelor joining both fields. Being conscious, I decided to check for the convenient one and applied to the BBA at South Westphalia University. It is higher ranked as compared to other programs at other universities, with a modular structure allowing students the freedom to choose from a range of modules and topics, according to their academic progress and focus area. Well-designed to be highly interdisciplinary and provide profound technical expertise with fine-tuned soft skills, making it suitable for students who intend to work for international companies in functions or projects which require an Information Technology background with a thorough understanding of management practices. In cooperation with the Swiss-German University in Jakarta Indonesia, upon additional enrollment, the students of the South Westphalia University can study one or two semester abroad, and get double degree.

      My main goal after the bachelor graduation is to deploy the acquired know-how and accumulated work experiences to impact positively on my community and country.

      I plan to establish my start-up enterprise, and be a part of the initiatives taken to develop the “Morocco Digital Strategy 2020” aiming to accelerate Morocco’s digital transformation and reinforce the country’s status as a regional digital hub in Africa.

      Sincerely Yours,

      Name Surname

      Signature:

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      CK Amoabeng 3 weeks ago from Germany

      Hello Adilhaimourn,

      I read through your motivation letter. I think it is very good. You went straight to the point and didn't beat about the bush. I will encourage other applicants to learn from you and go straight to the point. However, I don't think it's necessary to mention this:

      " Meanwhile my wife “My Motivator” was always encouraging me to apply for a Bachelor joining both fields. "

      The person reading your motivation letter doesn't really care about this. He or she wants to know why you as an individual decided to choose that program. Apart from that, your cover letter is very good. Thank you for posting it here. Wish you all the best in your visa application.

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      adilhaimoun 3 weeks ago

      Thanks a lot dear brother. Actually, I taught if it ;)

      Wish you all the best in your personal and professional life.

      Best of luck for all the candidates.

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      Umeokoli emeka 2 hours ago

      Tnx charles for the artcle....kindly help go through this motivation letter

      Motivation Letter

      I am writing this motivation letter as a prerequisite to apply for student visa in Germany in other to obtain a bachelors degree in electrical engineering at the Rhine waal university of applied sciences, kelve campus, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. My name is Umeokoli Emeka Festus. With this letter, I would like to express my unconditional interest to study at the Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany. There are various reasons I opted to school in Germany amidst so many other developed countries in Europe but, I will highlight few of the many reasons.

      Firstly, Germany is one of the most technologically advanced countries in Europe and the world. This is not a surprise because, the German government is concerned more with high quality education system that has produced scholars like Albert Einstein and max Planck than laying much emphasis on very expensive tuition fees which is mostly common with many other developed countries in the world. This free tuition system for both citizens and international students make most students psychologically and mentally healthy to concentrate fully with studies. This implies that certificates and degrees are not being bought with expensive tuition fees but being earned by studying hard relentlessly in Germany. Even with free or negligible tuition fees, Germany has been listed as the 4th safest country in the world for international students according to a survey conducted by the student room website. Thus making Germany one of the safe countries in the world to study without panic.

      Another important reason I would prefer to study in Germany compared with any other country in the world is because of the opportunity to learn German language which is being spoken by over 100miilion native speakers, thus making the language the most widely spoken language in Europe which is turn making it increasingly important in the global market.

      Germany as a leading nation as regards the development of green energy as the main source of electricity leaves me with no option than to choose Deutschland as my favourite country to study to study electrical engineering in other to learn proper practical skills and sufficient theoretical knowledge to prepare and develop me in the world of electrical engineering.

      I chose to study at the Rhine Waal University of Applied Science after reading through the numerous opportunities you have as a student on the university’s official website. Rhine Waal focuses degree programmes on both practical application and its relevance to the real world. Students are given numerous opportunities to develop interpersonal soft skills that are good for the business world. Rhine Waal also partners with industries to provide valuable work experience and professional qualification before graduation. As a young dynamic institution, the university strives for meaningful transfer of knowledge experience in both teaching and research. Rhine Waal University international students, take approximately 30% of the total population of the school making intercultural exchange very rich on daily basis on campus. 75%of the degree programmes are taught in English, these include electrical engineering. This will give me an opportunity to earn quality education especially with the high expectation of student in Germany. I cannot overlook the very important student and lecturers free interaction at the Rhine Waal University of applied sciences.

      Electrical engineering has been my first choice of course since the early days of my career because of the problem of insufficient and unreliable power generation, transmission and distribution in almost all developing countries including Nigeria. I really need to embrace a career in a field that will improve and sustain renewable energy in other to fight the long underdeveloped, unreliable power transmission and distribution facing my country and so many other developing nations. Apart from the above reason, electrical engineering happens to be the heart of engineering field that gives opportunity to break into a number of industries and sectors including energy and environmental technology, process engineering, automobile and automation industries and medical technology.

      In conclusion, i would be very grateful if I am given the opportunity to study at Rhine Waal University of applied sciences, where i can exchange ideas with students and interact freely with young, experienced and intelligent lecturers. This will serve as a stepping stone towards achieving my goals.

      Hence, I will return to my home country after the completion of my study and start my career in the development of a sustainable and renewable energy.

      Thank you for considering my student visa application and i look forward to getting a positive response.

      Umeokoli Emeka Festus

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      Emeka414 13 minutes ago

      Hello charles , kindly help me go through my motivation letter.

      Motivation Letter

      I am writing this motivation letter as a prerequisite to apply for student visa in Germany in other to obtain a bachelors degree in electrical engineering at the Rhine waal university of applied sciences, kelve campus, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. My name is Umeokoli Emeka Festus. With this letter, I would like to express my unconditional interest to study at the Rhine Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany. There are various reasons I opted to school in Germany amidst so many other developed countries in Europe but, I will highlight few of the many reasons.

      Firstly, Germany is one of the most technologically advanced countries in Europe and the world. This is not a surprise because, the German government is concerned more with high quality education system that has produced scholars like Albert Einstein and max Planck than laying much emphasis on very expensive tuition fees which is mostly common with many other developed countries in the world. This free tuition system for both citizens and international students make most students psychologically and mentally healthy to concentrate fully with studies. This implies that certificates and degrees are not being bought with expensive tuition fees but being earned by studying hard relentlessly in Germany. Even with free or negligible tuition fees, Germany has been listed as the 4th safest country in the world for international students according to a survey conducted by the student room website. Thus making Germany one of the safe countries in the world to study without panic.

      Another important reason I would prefer to study in Germany compared with any other country in the world is because of the opportunity to learn German language which is being spoken by over 100miilion native speakers, thus making the language the most widely spoken language in Europe which is turn making it increasingly important in the global market.

      Germany as a leading nation as regards the development of green energy as the main source of electricity leaves me with no option than to choose Deutschland as my favourite country to study to study electrical engineering in other to learn proper practical skills and sufficient theoretical knowledge to prepare and develop me in the world of electrical engineering.

      I chose to study at the Rhine Waal University of Applied Science after reading through the numerous opportunities you have as a student on the university’s official website. Rhine Waal focuses degree programmes on both practical application and its relevance to the real world. Students are given numerous opportunities to develop interpersonal soft skills that are good for the business world. Rhine Waal also partners with industries to provide valuable work experience and professional qualification before graduation. As a young dynamic institution, the university strives for meaningful transfer of knowledge experience in both teaching and research. Rhine Waal University international students, take approximately 30% of the total population of the school making intercultural exchange very rich on daily basis on campus. 75%of the degree programmes are taught in English, these include electrical engineering. This will give me an opportunity to earn quality education especially with the high expectation of student in Germany. I cannot overlook the very important student and lecturers free interaction at the Rhine Waal University of applied sciences.

      Electrical engineering has been my first choice of course since the early days of my career because of the problem of insufficient and unreliable power generation, transmission and distribution in almost all developing countries including Nigeria. I really need to embrace a career in a field that will improve and sustain renewable energy in other to fight the long underdeveloped, unreliable power transmission and distribution facing my country and so many other developing nations. Apart from the above reason, electrical engineering happens to be the heart of engineering field that gives opportunity to break into a number of industries and sectors including energy and environmental technology, process engineering, automobile and automation industries and medical technology.

      In conclusion, i would be very grateful if I am given the opportunity to study at Rhine Waal University of applied sciences, where i can exchange ideas with students and interact freely with young, experienced and intelligent lecturers. This will serve as a stepping stone towards achieving my goals.

      Hence, I will return to my home country after the completion of my study and start my career in the development of a sustainable and renewable energy.

      Thank you for considering my student visa application and i look forward to getting a positive response.

      Umeokoli Emeka Festus

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