I need to write a CV and a motivation letter to get a scholarship for an exchange program.
Any comments on the spelling would be nice. If there are big faux-pas in the content, please mention it as well.

Thanks in advance.

Dear sir/ Madam

My name is X Y. With this letter, I would like to introduce my candidacy for the EU/US International Exchange Program at the Faculty of ‘A B at for the term fall 2006.

I’m a student X.

Studying abroad is a big challenge because you need to be independent and adapt to a new environment. You need to adapt to a different language, a different culture, different people… It will be interesting to learn in a different language than my mother tongue. It is a unique opportunity to polish my English. This is I challenge I would love to take on. This experience of adapting to new environments will be of big interest later in my life when I come on the working market.

In the future I’d rather see myself developing new products and applications for a company than doing fundamental research. That is the main reason I chose an engineering direction. I’m a problem-solver that never refuses a challenge; I have always had a creative approach towards problems. Instead of learning things by heart and solving the problems on a conventional way, I try to understand the mechanism behind events and solve the problems on a creative way by using all the knowledge interdisciplinary.

I was instantly intrigued by the possibility to study at X Y University not only because of its fame in the field of agriculture and genetic manipulation, but also because the exchange program offers me the study program that would match my profile and would give me the opportunity to get an practical introduction to the work in this domain. The Belgian school system is sometimes too much based on theory and students are guided through the education process. Whereas the American Universities offer the students the possibility to develop themselves more as an independent individual and the possibility to pursue a career of their own personal interest. By offering the possibility to put your own packet of theory courses together which are accompanied by practical exercises that have to be made individually and stimulate independent working. The emphasis is more on independent working and tackling problems on your own way.

I would like to take some courses to deepen my knowledge in the field of genetics and biotechnology. It will be interesting to see different perspectives on certain subjects. Genetic manipulation is is quite unpopular and is almost completely forbidden in the European Union. In The United States at the other hand, genetic manipulation is developing at a fast pace. Especially at , which is famous for the manipulation and breeding of agricultural crops. There is no doubt that I will be able to learn a lot from the experience that is present in .

The possibility to do research in a specific field of interest only stimulated my motivation to go study at your university. This research will be a possibility to combine all the knowledge I have gathered throughout the last 3 years studying bio-engineering and apply it on a creative way to solve problems. Being creative with knowledge and creating something new is what I want to do. I’m sure that this practical experience will be off big interest when I have to make my thesis later.

When I heard about the possibility to go study at X Y I knew I had to take this opportunity. This is a once in a lifetime chance someone should take with both hands. It is only in your study time that you are offered chances to go study in the . Not going would be a missed chance I could regret the rest of my life. I hope I can experience this unique opportunity to study at your university next year.

Yours sincerely,

Joachim De Schrijver

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