Dear Professor Cooper:
I have read the annual prospectus issued by your school and found that in has the best graduate program of cross-cultural studies, which you are currently presiding over. I am greatly interested in the program and hope that I can do my MA work under your instruction.
I am 28 years old and now I am working in the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, in charge of affairs in the Pacific areas. I love my work, as it brings me into contact with all kinds of people. At the same time, I feel the urgent need to improve myself and update my knowledge so that I can do my work better. Therefore, I find it quite necessary for me to study further in your school.
I graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1989, majoring in English and minoring in cross-cultural communications. In college I took such courses as World History, American Society and Culture, Introduction to European Culture, and Cultural Exchanges between the East and the West, which were all conducted in English. So I believe I will have no difficulty in my MA studies.
I have broad interests in various fields such as history, literature, music, sport and photography. I joined the Literary Society in college and was also on the English Department’s volleyball team. During my university, I had ever taken part in several competitions
concerning English, such as English Debate Competition of College Students, in which I won the second place, and the Speech Contest of Cross-cultural Communications.
I have discussed my application with three of my former professors, who have urged me to apply and have kindly written letters of recommendation for me, which I enclose with this letter.
Last but not least, if I am lucky enough to do my MA studies in your school, I will seize this god-given opportunity and work hard to the best of my ability. My goal is to earn at least one scholarship during my ma studies and achieve good results when I finish my MA work. In a word, I have made up my mind to make myself a more qualified person in my MA work.
I would be very grateful if you could send me the necessary application forms and any information about your scholarships or teaching assistantships.
I look forward very much to hearing from you soon.