Guide to Postgraduate Applications

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Co-Op Programmes for International Students: Everything You Should Know

College graduates often face a classic conundrum: Employers want candidates with work experience. But how do you get experience without a job? Co-op programmes often provide the perfect solution.  A dynamic fusion of classroom learning and paid work experience, these programmes have become integral to modern education. In this comprehensive guide, we explore the essence …

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Unique Advantages of STEM-Designated Majors in the US

“STEM”, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, encompasses the core disciplines that drive innovation and progress today. Beyond imparting knowledge in these fields, pursuing a STEM degree offers a multifaceted educational experience that cultivates essential skills such as critical thinking, innovation, scientific literacy, and collaborative teamwork. These experiences enrich your intellectual capabilities and …

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Letters of Recommendation: Leave Nothing to Chance

As you diligently work on your applications for an overseas master’s programme, your primary focus probably revolves around crafting a compelling Statement of Purpose (SOP), selecting the right colleges, and taking standardised tests. Undoubtedly, these elements play pivotal roles in your application journey. However, don’t underestimate the significance of the Letter of Recommendation (LOR). It …

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Master’s Programme Inquiry Email Made Easy: Sample Included

The online application process for master’s degree courses often leaves applicants with numerous unanswered questions. Sending a master’s programme inquiry email to a graduate school gets you the correct information and helps you build connections that positively affect your application. In this article, we explain a master’s programme inquiry email, its importance and how you …

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5 Mistakes You Need to Avoid in Postgraduate Applications

Mastering the art of a successful postgraduate application is a meticulous process that demands four to five months of diligent planning. Even the most organised individuals often commit a few common mistakes that can hinder their chances of success. In this post, we will explore five prevalent mistakes made during postgraduate applications and provide valuable …

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7 Strong Reasons Why Europe is Excellent for Postgraduate Studies

Cultural differences, the lack of programmes taught in English, and the perceived expenses associated with education have discouraged students from considering Europe as a study destination. However, universities in Europe have acknowledged these challenges and taken proactive steps to address them. Over the past three years, the Postgraduate Team at The Red Pen has collaborated …

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How to Leverage University Networks in Your Master’s Application

Competitive international universities often emphasise their extensive networks. According to an article from the Harvard Business Review, neglecting to engage in networking can hinder one’s ability to gain leadership and guidance. Columbia University, on the other hand, highlights the importance of networking in getting a lead on a job, gathering information, or connecting with people …

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5 Secrets to Acing Applications for Top Graduate Schools

Stanford University only admits around three percent of applicants to its Graduate School of Education, seven percent to its law school, and 12 percent to its business school. The acceptance rates of other leading universities and graduate schools are similar.  Your best chance of securing offers from these leading schools is to make your application …

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Social Service for Postgraduate Admissions: How to Leverage it?

Social service is vital in graduate school admissions and relevant across various streams, including science and finance. But as experienced postgraduate admissions counsellors, we’ve noticed a trend emerge in recent years. Often social science applicants organically showcase community service on their resumes. But our engineers, artists, financiers, and natural scientists focus more on talent development …

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How to Ace Imperial College London’s (ICL) Q&A for Master’s Applications

Imperial College London (ICL) and several universities that offer a master’s programme in the UK have replaced their statement of purpose (SOP) format with a questionnaire that demands skilled and thoroughly thought-through responses. An unassuming applicant can struggle with the complexity of the questions and submit superficial answers. But don’t worry. As leading global postgraduate …

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