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Personal statement and CV

Personal Statement

(called motivation letter on application form)

The personal statement is an opportunity for you to tell us more about yourself beyond what we have seen on your transcripts and CV. Submitting a personal statement is a required part of the admissions procedure and must be written in English. Your personal statement should not exceed 500 words.


You should use your personal statement to share your personal story and to explain your motivation for applying to PPLE with us.

Why do you want to study at PPLE College? Why are you interested in an interdisciplinary education? And why these four disciplines?  How does a small-scale and intensive study programme suit you? Why are you interested in such a programme and not in a regular program with a lower study load? These are some of the questions that we would like you to address in your motivation letter. Tell us about your dreams and motivations and how you believe PPLE could help you with that.

In addition to your motivations, we are even more so interested in learning more about you and your personal story. You can use the following questions/prompts for guidance: What would you say is your greatest talent or skill and how have you developed and demonstrated this? What is your greatest deception in life and how did you deal with it? What have you done to make your school or community a better place? Discuss an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself. Describe a problem you have solved or a problem you would like to solve, its significance to you and what steps you took/could take to identify a solution.

The letter should be written in English. This is also an opportunity to show us that you can communicate effectively in writing by presenting your ideas clearly, concisely, and accurately. Your motivation letter should not exceed 500 words.


Curriculum Vitae 

In addition to the personal statement, we also ask for a CV. The main purpose of the CV is to provide the PPLE Admissions Office with an overview of your educational background. Some students move between countries and schools and a CV can provide more clarity in this situation. 

In case you are wondering if your CV is "good" enough to apply to PPLE, then there is no need to worry. You will not be selected or rejected on the number of extracurricular activities you have done in or outside of high school. We understand that most of our applicants are either in their final year of high school or have just graduated. We do not expect multipage CVs. What we would like to see, however, is simply an overview of your educational background and any other activities and possible achievements. This can include things like a part-time job, a sport or hobby you are interested in, or participation in groups such as Model UN.

We understand that our applicants come from a wide range of different backgrounds and have had access to varying amounts of extracurricular activities and opportunities. Once again, we  understand that a high school graduate usually does not have an extensive CV, so do not stress over this or underestimate what you have done. For some ideas of what you can include, see below.


Please use Europass to write your CV. Your CV needs to be written in English and should be 1-2 pages long.

Below you can find the set categories and we have provided you with a couple of examples.  

  • Personal Information
    • Name
    • Current address
    • Date of birth
    • Nationality
    • E-mail address
  • Current education (final year of high school, first year in university, gap year)
  • Past education (high school diploma - if applicable)
  • Activities
    • Work or community service experience (waiter at the local restaurant, volunteering at a retirement home, babysitting etc)
    • Other extracurricular activities (secretary of the high school book club, participating in a Model united Nations Conference)
    • Hobbies/interests (sports, music, computers etc.)
  • Taking care of family or others in need
  • Accomplishments
    • Prizes/awards earned through school or other activities
    • Language skills
    • Certificates earned

Please note that you are not limited to this list. If there is something we have not mentioned that you think should be included in your CV, feel free to add it.