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The Language of CVs and Cover Letters (for International Students)

Mastering the language and style of CVs and cover letters can be challenging even when English is your first language. But as an international student this can be all the more difficult, due to the particular conventions of writing such documents in the UK. If you’d like to review the language and style of your CV or cover letter once you have spoken to a Careers Adviser about its contents, then simply book a half-hour, one-to-one appointment with one of our advisers. 

In-person sessions are available at the Language Centre or, if you prefer, sessions can be held via Zoom. In either case, appointments will be made at a mutually convenient time. However, you must first consult a Careers Adviser, who will review the content of your CV and cover letter, before registering for this service. These appointments are available both in term-time and in the vacation periods, but not in August or the first half of September.

Please note the following prerequisite: students must have been referred by the University Careers Service.

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Language and Style of Personal Statements and Research Proposals

Are you applying for postgraduate study, a scholarship or a postdoc? Do you feel you need advice on the language and style of your personal statement or research proposal?

Have your application reviewed by a Senior Teaching Officer from the Academic Development and Training for International Students (ADTIS) team. This review will then be followed by a one-hour, one-to-one appointment with an ADTIS adviser.

Cost: £35.00

To register for this service, email your name and crsid to:


Q: Who is this service for?

A: It is for those applying to post-postgraduate study, scholarships or post-docs.

Q: When is this service available?

A: It is available in term-time only.

Q: What form do appointments take?

A: Appointments are one-to-one and last one hour.

Q: What kinds of documents can my adviser review?

A: Your adviser can review: personal statements, research proposals, scholarship applications, statements of interest and purpose.

Q: Will my adviser edit or proofread my documents?

A: No. The purpose of these appointments is to advise you on the use of appropriate language and style. You are responsible for all content, and are expected to edit and proofread your own work.

If you have any further questions, email:

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Do you wish to strengthen your skills or enhance a particular aspect of your academic, personal or professional life? Unlock your capabilities and achieve your full potential with ADTIS Coaching.

Coaching is a development tool that facilitates self-directed learning, personal growth and improved performance. It will help you to learn, rather than teach you.

In ADTIS Coaching, you choose the focus of the conversation. Topics explored by coachees so far include: improving focus and time management; working confidently in groups; overcoming anxiety; beating study block, procrastination and perfectionism; building assertiveness; effective communication; developing leadership skills; and making the transition to UK culture and higher education.

Understand and bridge the gap between your potential and your performance. To learn more about how ADTIS Coaching could help you, contact:

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Feedback from ADTIS coachees:

Thank you again for the coaching. Coming to Cambridge was one of my best decisions ever, and seeking your support was a highlight of my Cambridge experience. Though coaching was certainly challenging, it helped me identify my strengths and understand what I needed to improve.

I want to express my gratitude for our coaching sessions. They have been so helpful in building a set of skills that will accompany me for many more years. You have helped me to understand and go beyond the challenges of being an international student in Cambridge. It should be emphasised what a great opportunity ADTIS coaching is.