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Getting a Letter of Recommendation for Your Finance Degree Program Application

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by Jenny Frankel

note on corkboard 482421471A letter of recommendation can have significant impact on your finance degree application process. Careers and therefore degree programs in finance can be very competitive, so it’s important to find good advocates who are familiar with your performance to speak on your behalf during the finance degree application process.

The best people to write a letter of recommendation for international students applying for admission to finance degree programs are:

  1. Someone who knows you well, and can speak honestly and truly about your abilities to perform well in a particular program. This may be a teacher, coach, boss, leader, or someone else who can speak to your talents and character which your success in a finance degree program will draw on.
  2. Someone who has a background in finance, perhaps a finance teacher or someone who has served for significant portions of their career in finance or as closely related of a field as possible.
  3. Someone who has spent time in, or is significantly familiar with both your country (and perhaps language of origin and English), as well as in the U.S. This will mean they’ll be able to speak to the connection between your background generally, but specifically academically, in terms of how it will connect to finance degree programs in the US.
  4. Someone who is specifically familiar with the school you’re applying to institutionally, or has worked professionally with faculty or staff at that school, thereby giving the author of your letter credibility in what they say through that established relationship.

The people you choose to write a letters of recommendation for you to be submitted in the finance degree application process don’t absolutely have to have all of these qualities, the only one they must have is number one. However, the closer you can get to having all four, the more weight the words of their letter will carry with the people making a decision about your admission to the program.

Written by Jenny Frankel

Jennifer is the Director of Financial Services at Envisage International. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida where she holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has lived and worked abroad in Chile, Costa Rica and London, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Asia.

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