Requesting a Recommendation
for Study Abroad
for Study Abroad
When you ask someone to give you a recommendation, it is a good idea to remind him/her of your interests, abilities, plans, and what contact you have had with him/her.
Use the following list to compile a one-page information sheet about you to give to the person you are asking for a recommendation.
Make the narrative brief; the purpose is to save the person time and to quickly highlight your strong points, interests, and involvement.
Give your personal data sheet along with the proper recommendation form to the person you are asking for a recommendation.
- In what capacity does the person know you? If this person is a teacher, be specific about what class and what semester you were in his/her class(es).
- Details about your study abroad plans and how those plans fit into your overall academic progress and/or your career
- Details about your academic work: cumulative OPA, GPA in major, minor, etc.
- Honors: membership in any honor societies, scholarships, special awards
- Office held in on or off campus organizations
- Volunteer work/church work
- Foreign travel experience/language ability
- Recent job(s)
- Incidents, examples, anecdotes that might be important to this recommendation
- Emphasize that the form should be returned to you, not to the International Education Office, in the seal and signed envelope. Set up a mutually convenient time to pick up the recommendation in the sealed, signed envelope.
Four (4) required recommendations:
Note:These documents are in Adobe PDF format
and require Acrobat Reader to view and print.
- It is preferred that your recommendations come from someone other than the trip or program coordinator.
- Academic advisor and Recent Professor should be two different persons.