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Sample letters of recommendation (LORs) for higher studies abroad

We give you different examples of LORs for overseas education, and also tell you the do’s and don’ts about creating a convincing and impressive LOR

Doodle Nandi | 16 Mar 2018 | 3.7K Views
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Ensure that all information stated in the letter matches your academic scores; any specific achievements related to the course you wish to study should be mentioned. Always maintain factual accuracy.

Studying abroad involves a lot of paperwork. Amidst the pile of papers you deal with, there is one that could be most stressful – none other than the letter of recommendation (LOR). You might be blank right now, thinking how to proceed with getting an LOR done, given your admission dates are getting closer, or thinking who would be the correct person to ask for an LOR for your higher studies abroad.

There are three best persons to ask for an LOR for your overseas education.

In this article you will find some of the sample LORs that we feel will help you impress the admissions team:

  1. Letter of recommendation for higher studies from employer
  2. Letter of recommendation for higher studies from professor

To choose either an employer or a professor who you think can be ideal as referees, you need to first make a list of the names that come to your mind. Think over and choose the best from the list! Finally, you need to shortlist one.

Sample LORs for higher studies abroad

  1. Sample LOR written by a professor for a student looking to study Electronic Engineering abroad. [PDF, 75KB]
  2. Sample LOR written by an employer for an employee looking to study Chemical Engineering abroad. [PDF, 76KB]
  3. Sample LOR written by a professor for a student looking to study an MBA abroad. [PDF, 76KB]
  4. Sample LOR written by an employer for an employee looking to study an MBA abroad. [PDF, 78KB]
  5. Sample LOR written by a professor for a student looking to study MS in Computer Science abroad. [PDF, 78KB]
  6. Sample LOR written by an employer for an employee looking to study MS in Analytical Chemistry abroad. [PDF, 77KB]

Do’s while writing a letter of recommendation

  • Ensure that you give the referee adequate time to draft the LOR. If possible, spend time with your referee, helping him or her with inputs required to draft the letter.
  • Choose a referee who knows about your academic and professional achievements and for a long time, rather choosing someone who knows or cares little about you.
  • Ensure that the letter is written in crisp and simple English.  Make sure the letter is not riddled with grammar errors.
  • Also make sure you follow a specific format and font while writing the LOR – every LOR must have the basic structure, starting with date and place, salutation, referee’s introduction, the body of the LOR, a concluding paragraph and finally the signature.
  • Ensure that all information stated in the letter matches your academic scores; any specific achievements related to the course you wish to study should be mentioned. Always maintain factual accuracy.
  • If the institution has specified a word-limit, say 500-600 words, for the LOR, then ensure you adhere to it.
  • Ensure that the letter delivered to the university well before the deadline.
  • Personally, thank your referee for the help and support they show.

 Don’ts while writing a letter of recommendation

  • Don’t try writing an LOR on your own and using someone’s signature. That’s illegal!
  • If the institution [where you plan to send the letter] requests that you as the applicant should not read the letter, please do follow the request.
  • Don’t get a letter written by a referee who does not know anything about your academic or professional achievements.
  • Don’t wait till the last minute to send over the letter to the institution.

Conclusion

An LOR cannot be taken lightly. It can either get you want you want, or take you nowhere. So it is essential that you build a strong rapport with either your employer or your professor, but only through working hard. 

Let us know if you have any questions. We can help you with more advice on how to get a pressing LOR for overseas education done. 

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