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What to Include in Your CV to Study Abroad

With the mammoth lists of documents, you are required to submit during your university application, the Curriculum Vitae forms an integral aspect. This academic curriculum vitae, is quite distinct from the one, students are required to submit when they are seeking jobs.

Whilst there are several tips that students have access to when looking to create the other aspects of their university admissions, they often find themselves at a dearth when looking for a helping hand with their CV.

While writing a CV for your academic endeavours, make sure that you mention all your relevant academic credentials and other activities undertaken which are appropriate for the said field of study.

Here are some tips that can help you write a riveting CV:


Academic Background

Whilst it is crucial that you mention your relevant work experience what holds more significance in your academic CV, is your academic background. Make sure to talk about your academic achievements in great detail. List your educational qualifications in order that suits you the best, however, in most cases students tend to mention it in a chronological order. When looking to study abroad, it is important that students remember when to draw the line. It is very easy to go into the details of one's academic interests, however briefly mention all the relevant aspects.

Clear and Concise

It is important to consider the length of the CV, as mentioned earlier, it becomes easy to talk about the course and qualifications in detail. However, it is important that students keep it as short and concise as possible. More than the length of your CV, what is important is your structure. Don't hold the most crucial information for the last. It is highly recommended that you mention all the critical information at the onset. A CV is an excellent way to show the admissions committee that you have evolved. Show to them that through the duration of your academic tenure who have developed your knowledge as well as your skills and attributes.


Unlike your other application documents, CV's are more concise in nature. Therefore, it is important that students use a concise language. Leave the elaborative language for your SOP and stick to the technical jargons for your CV. Powerful language becomes important when writing a CV. Avoid using over-used words that are extensively used in CV's, make sure that yours stands out from the crowd. Whilst it is important to use technical jargons in your CV, make sure that it is easy to read. Strong vocabulary, and good phrases are the key ingredients to a great CV. This not only shows your academic knowledge, but will also help get the reader's attention.

Work Experience

Internships show the admissions committee what your interests are, but also that you are ready to step out of your comfort zone for a field of your interest. Theoretical knowledge is what students attain through their academic tenure however, when you undertake work experience you are able to practically apply what you learnt. This shows the admissions committee, that you were ready to go the extra mile. Being in a foreign country is a gruesome task in itself which requires students to step out of their comfort zone. Considering that you out yourself out of the comfort zone in your early years it will be relatively easy for you to do so when you decide to study abroad.

Editing and Proofreading

Show to the admissions committee that you are professional; thus, it is important to proofread and edit your documents. Read through your CV to make sure there are no errors. It is important for you to make sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Ask someone close to you to read your CV and give appropriate recommendations. An icing on the cake will be if you manage to get someone from your field to read your CV. Make sure you edit and curate your CV specific to the university of application.

The most important thing to remember when making a CV is that it is the perfect way for the admissions committee to know what your achievements are. Take a considerable amount of time for perfecting your CV.


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