Can you write me a letter of recommendation?Of course, I can write you a letter of recommendation for your study abroad, for your scholarship, etc.. You should keep in mind that your grade has only a small influence on what I am writing in such a letter. You should also keep in mind that a recommendation can be positive as well as negative. Please understand that I often know the recipients of these letters and that these recipients expect a frank assessment of strengths and weaknesses of your case.
Please understand also that a major purpose of such a letter is not to duplicate your grades but rather to convey information beyond your grades. It might also be interesting for the recipient to find answers to questions like the following: Is the applicant an organised and disciplined person who can work independently, reliably and in a structured way? Or has the applicant already difficulties finding a webpage like this one? Does the applicant find it hard to follow the instructions given on such a page?
- You should make sure that your reference is a good match for your project or the program you apply for. If you plan to study abroad with a focus on, e.g., international management and marketing, then you should ask an expert in that field. Otherwise your letter of recommendation is not really a recommendation for what you plan to do. If your focus is on game theory and experimental economics then the reader of your letter will understand much better why you have asked me to write a recommendation.
- Please send me in time an overview of the grades you have obtained at the FSU as a PDF (no Microsoft, please!). I will have a look at all your grades, not only the grades you obtained in my lectures. Please consider using the file upload service of the URZ to keep your email small.
- Please send me also in time a concise description and motivation for what you plan to do. If you need a letter of recommendation for a stay in a francophone country, please sent me your project in french. If you plan to stay in a german speaking country, please send your project in german. Otherwise, please send it in english. The description of your project should make clear which courses you plan to take, why you have chosen exactly this University, and why it is necessary to support exactly you with this project (please send files as a PDF, no Microsoft please!). When you send emails, please respect the netiquette. Avoid large attachments. Send less than 1MB (there is no need at all to send your material as high resolution colour pictures). Use the upload service of the URZ for your attachments.