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    Hello,

    I'm a student at a state university in the United States. I'm going into my second year and am looking to spending the spring semester at UCL studying economics. I'm running into some trouble with the personal statement. What do schools in the UK look for in these types of things? Are they looking for more of an outline of my background or an explanation of my academic record? Also, with a GPA of 3.96 (4.00 is perfect) what are my chances of being accepted?

    Thanks for the advice!
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    Why are you interested in that course? Why do you think they should accept you? What did you do for your ECs?

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    (Original post by dh1988)
    Hello,

    I'm a student at a state university in the United States. I'm going into my second year and am looking to spending the spring semester at UCL studying economics. I'm running into some trouble with the personal statement. What do schools in the UK look for in these types of things? Are they looking for more of an outline of my background or an explanation of my academic record? Also, with a GPA of 3.96 (4.00 is perfect) what are my chances of being accepted?

    Thanks for the advice!
    If you were applying for a full undergraduate degree at UCL, your GPA certainly gives you a good chance of success, though it is never certain - people with top grades get turned down every year for competitive courses, and economics is certainly one of them! However, you seem to be suggesting that you would be spending an elective over here - the arrangements for that are between UCL and your university so you will need to take local advice on the process.

    This link should answer your questions about personal statements in general:

    http://www.ucas.com/apply08/personalstatement

    However, for your case I would suggest that you consult with your supervisor in the US, or even better with the relevant people at UCL. There is in general rather less emphasis over here on your extra-curricular stuff and - especially for outfits like UCL - much more on your academic achievement and potential, so this is the area to show most strongly in both your PS and your tutor's reference.
 
 
 

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