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    I'm Spanish and I want to apply to a Scottish university. Here in Spain, we don't need personal statements to enter. I really need to impress the university so every piece of advice is welcome!
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    Focus 75-80% of it on your chosen course, by talking about books you've read around the subject, relevant extra-curriculars and work experience you've done, and what specifically you like about the course and what you want to gain from studying it. Then use the remaining 20-25% to showcase skills and experiences (hobbies, non-subject-specific extra curriculars, etc.) which will tell the universities that you're a well-rounded person and that you'll make the most of the opportunities you'll have at uni that are outside your studies. It's very important throughout to explain what you learned/gained from each thing you talk about - for example, instead of "I read ... book and found it very interesting", you should reflect on it and say something like "after reading about ... idea in ... book, I became curious about it and did my own research to understand it better and found out that...", and the same goes for any work experience or extra-curriculars that you mention.

    What course are you thinking of applying to, and at which unis?
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    (Original post by Amanzhol)
    Focus 75-80% of it on your chosen course, by talking about books you've read around the subject, relevant extra-curriculars and work experience you've done, and what specifically you like about the course and what you want to gain from studying it. Then use the remaining 20-25% to showcase skills and experiences (hobbies, non-subject-specific extra curriculars, etc.) which will tell the universities that you're a well-rounded person and that you'll make the most of the opportunities you'll have at uni that are outside your studies. It's very important throughout to explain what you learned/gained from each thing you talk about - for example, instead of "I read ... book and found it very interesting", you should reflect on it and say something like "after reading about ... idea in ... book, I became curious about it and did my own research to understand it better and found out that...", and the same goes for any work experience or extra-curriculars that you mention.

    What course are you thinking of applying to, and at which unis?
    I want to study Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. It is a highly selective university, so I obviously have other options. They all involve History and Latin at Glasglow, St Andrews, Stirling...
    Thanks for the tips!
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    (Original post by anamp02)
    I want to study Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. It is a highly selective university, so I obviously have other options. They all involve History and Latin at Glasglow, St Andrews, Stirling...
    Thanks for the tips!
    Universities love to see you incorporate books and references into your PS, as it shows a greater interest in the subject and shows dedication to further reading.
    For general advice, I would say to just advertise yourself and really give them evidence to why you are better than any other given student.
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    (Original post by anamp02)
    I want to study Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. It is a highly selective university, so I obviously have other options. They all involve History and Latin at Glasglow, St Andrews, Stirling...
    Thanks for the tips!
    That sounds very interesting, good luck with applying! I've got an offer from Edinburgh and it's my insurance choice (it's likely I'll end up there because I might well miss the grades for my first choice offer, but I'll be very happy about that as Edinburgh is a wonderful uni and city )
 
 
 

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