Writing a Letter of Intent – Sample 2


    Students that want to apply for a place at a university or college, an internship or a sports bursary, use letters of intent. It is then, a “sales” letter, where the person who writes it tries to sell himself as good as possible.

    A letter of intent is quite similar to a cover letter, and what applies to one, can apply to the other. This is a formal letter and, therefore, must be addressed properly, with a formal style and with neither grammar nor spelling errors. A simple font is recommended, as a too complicated one may result in your letter being binned straight away.


All letters of intent show a similar template, dividing the different kind of information in paragraphs:

  • On the first paragraph you should introduce yourself, indicating your current occupation, which school you are attending and what subjects you are studying. It is helpful to indicate in this same paragraph any relevant extracurricular activities.
  • On the next paragraph you should mention why did you choose that institution, how did you hear about it and which parts look more attractive to you. Either on this same paragraph or at a new paragraph, you now need to compare your skills with those that the university/programme/business is looking for.

Read the first sample of a Letter of Intent


It is recommended to express your interest in having an interview, as it may encourage the institution to call you for an interview. Try to keep the length of letters of intent under a page. If it is longer, the person who is reading it may get bored halfway through and may not finish it.


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