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How to write a good application?

The Study China application is similar to your UCAS personal statement or job applications: it is your platform from which to sell yourself and convince me you are right for the position. Two tips that, if used well, will help you produce a strong applications are:

Put yourself in the assessors’ shoes, and once you have written a statement, say to yourself, “so what?” This is to prompt you to think about how you have explained your point or example. For instance, it is great you volunteered at a local charity, but “so what?”—explain why this is important and relevant here.

Consider using the STAR technique, to help give your answers a logical structure.

· Situation: set the scene

· Task: describe the purpose

· Action: what did you do about it?

· Result: what was the outcome?

Remember, there is a word limit of 200 words per answer. You are also being assessed on your ability to be succinct and clear, which is just what you will need when in China!

Grading criteria:

Each question carries a maximum for 4 marks.

0 marks: blank answer, or an answer that does not address the question or provide any relevant information.

1 mark: a poor response that briefly addresses the question, and provides some basic information.

2 marks: a satisfactory attempt to answers the question and provides some relevant information.

3 marks: a good attempt that directly answers the questions, providing examples.

4 marks: an exceptional response that fully answers the question, using examples and connects these as to why Study China would benefit their studies and future employability development.


1. Briefly outline of employment duties and responsibilities:

Any work experience is important. For example, working at KFC can be explained in a way that demonstrates your work ethic, time keeping, and interacting with a range of different people. This would be a better answer than simply listing high profile opportunities without explaining skills or experiences you have gained.

2. Why do you want to participate on the study china programme?

Study China is not a free holiday, and answers suggesting so score lowly. Also, Study China is not just about Chinese culture and heritage, but about developing transferable skills too, which can be used in your future education and careers, whether connected to China or not.

3. Please provide brief, specific examples which demonstrate that you have these essential Key Skills.

Like question 1, making your examples relevant and connected to Study China will score better than simply listing high profile successes.

4. Please provide brief, specific examples which demonstrate that you have these essential Key Qualities.

When answering this question, remember what the information on the Study China website has told you about the programme, and what skills/mentality/approach we might be looking for?

Special Needs or Support Required as a consequence of any disabilities or medical conditions:

Disabilities / medical conditions:

Special needs or support required:

In this section, please do disclose any medical conditions and special requirements you may have. In order to ensure your health and safety, please be honest and accurate. All information is disclosed with the strictest confidentiality.


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