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How to Write Your Motivation Letter for German Student Visa
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:
These three features should address different issues in your motivation letter. Below are what they should address.
- It should explain what makes Germany stand apart from other countries.
- It should address why you would like to study in Germany.
- It should tackle why you chose to study at your university
- It should contain some reasons for the choice of your study program
- 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.