Statement of purpose (SOP) for Counselling

Statement of purpose (SOP) for Counselling

Statement of purpose (SOP) for Counselling
Suman PoudelThu Nov 04 2021

It doesn't matter which country you choose to apply for your student visa, that could be the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or any other country, SOP is a mandatory application requirement.

A well-crafted comprehensive SOP plays a significant role in a successful study visa application for any country. This guide presents to you a Statement of Purpose (SOP) sample for students who are looking to enrol on Counselling.

These are the quick tips you need to follow while composing your SOP for Counselling:

  • Clearly mention when you developed a passion for your intended course Counselling.
  • Present your independent research and reasons behind choosing Artificial Intelligence - Counselling, country and the university.
  • Mention your academic achievements. Also, do not forget to write about your projects, research papers and experiences.
  • Assert your career plans and how the chosen degree will help you in achieving them.
  • Talk about your goals based on your home country.

Statement of purpose (SOP) sample for Counselling


I am pleased to introduce myself as [your name], a permanent resident of [address] which is the capital city of my country, [country]. I was born on [date] as the son of [father mother name]. My passport number is **. Describing myself, I am completely extroverted in nature with a high interest in travelling to explore and discover something new. I have also always been passionate about music. I belong to a middle-class family. My mother and father work in the ** sector. They’ve always been my idols and my source of inspiration. They have been very supportive in every endeavour of my life. So, I was able to achieve this level and I want to reach an even higher level. Getting a post-graduate degree from a reputed college would equip me with everything I need to achieve my goals. And so, I am very pleased and privileged to have the opportunity to present this Statement of Purpose briefing about myself and my reasons behind choosing **** for a Master degree in Counselling to pursue my further studies.

Academic Background

Knowledge has always been my ardent wish which has unearthed me into this beautiful sophisticated world with academic dreams and aspirations. Regarding my academic qualifications, I accomplished my School level in the year [date] scoring 96.8% from[school name]. From my early school days, I had a deep interest in humans and the overall aspects of being human, especially psychology. Therefore, I enrolled in the humanities stream with sociology and mass communication as my major subjects at [college name] and completed my grades 11 and 12 with first division scoring 78.67% % in the year [date]. As for my Bachelor's degree, I got admission in one of the most reputed colleges of [country], [college name]. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Literature in the year [date] with 79.21%. Due to the increasing demands and high level of competition for specialized and well-trained graduates, I feel that the only way to boost my career is by being able to achieve an international degree. I believe education enlightens a person and it is the only way to achieve success and excellence in any goal. For that, the next step was preparing for the English proficiency test and I appeared in the Pearson Tests of English (PTE Academics) examination on [date] and secured an overall band score of 87(Listening: 84, Reading: 90, Speaking: 90, Writing: 84).

Reason for not choosing [home country]

After the completion of my Bachelor’s degree, I came to feel the necessity of Postgraduate studies in Counselling to achieve my future professional goals. My home country, [country name] is a developing country. The education system here still relies greatly on the primitive way of teaching. Students are taught with primitive and outdated lecture methods and it is more focused on theoretical aspects rather than the practical orientation of the subject. This method does not go well with my chosen course of study i.e. Counselling. The study and practice of counselling in [country] are much neglected and weaker in comparison to other courses in [country]. Even after knowing the teaching method in [country], I researched universities that would provide a degree in Counselling. I discovered ***University as the only university to provide Postgraduate studies in Counselling. After some more research, I came to find out about the limited seats for the study. I also came to know that the [country]ese education lacks global recognition and it has such little value in the international market. I even consulted some of my friends and teachers, they suggested that I study abroad. It took me quite some time to make up my mind. I also visited some institutions such as [college name]. The main reason for not having a degree in my own nation is because our university and institutions lack updated course information and practical knowledge. They are still under old management and teaching modules. The syllabus is not in pair with updated and all those necessary resources to achieve better results. Therefore, considering these all reasons, I have decided not to continue my further education in [country].

Reasons for choosing Australia and not other countries?

Australia is well known for quality education and students who study in Australia have been very successful in their careers. The universities in Australia provide a wide range of courses to international students. The teaching methodology is both a blend of practical and theoretical education. I think studying in Australia is one of the most convenient ways to develop and empower myself as it is a country with one of the largest international student’s populations. Also, I am well aware of the ESOS ACT which was merited in the year 2000. This is an act that governs the fundamental right of international students. It enables us to access correct and accurate information about course fees, modes of study and other information from our institution and our institution agent before enrolling. Also, I am familiar with OSHC policy. In this policy, we are required by the Australian government to join overseas health care, which is a private health insurance scheme administered by Allianz Global Assistance. The OHSC entitles us to free hospital covers and 85% of standard doctor’s fees.

The education system of [country] is more theoretical, which is being taught in primitive methods. There are no practical skills involved in the course. Since all the students are taught the same course in all the years with the same analogy, the overall competition gets fierce resulting in a lack of jobs for young individuals. When compared to countries such as the USA, UK and Canada, I chose Australia because the degree provided by Australian universities is globally recognized. More than half a million students from over 100 different countries come to Australia for higher education and I will also get a good opportunity to interact with them. It is also very difficult to live in Canada as the temperature goes under –30 degrees Celsius whereas the climate of Australia is the same as in [country]. Besides the climate, Australian people have a good reputation for being friendly and Australian cities are clean and safe places to live. Australian universities fall in the top world university list.

I always wanted to have a career in Counselling. I want to be the best among the best and help the people. I researched various universities and colleges around the world. I also researched the USA, UK, Canada and Thailand as my options but the tuition fees for postgraduate studies in counselling is 15,000 to 30,000 UK pounds which is very expensive when converted into[country] currency. There are some factors like; climate, expensive living cost, unaffordable universities and colleges, political scandals and security measures, some of the major factors that disappointed me. This is why I was not able to choose any country other than Australia as the best option for me. I found Australia as the best destination since it is an English-speaking country where international students are less likely to get problems in communication. The Australian government provides more than 200 million AUD scholarships every year to international students making it easier for them to come to Australia and feel the difference in the quality education highly offered by Australia. Studying in Australia is a good investment for students like me because we can get theoretical as well as practical knowledge with a world renowned degree which is accepted all over the world.

Although there are a few good institutions and universities in [country], it is quite difficult to get admission in those due to limited seats. Also, educational programs in [country] only focus on theoretical knowledge and lack in providing practical knowledge, experience from the field, which I think is extremely important to be successful. Moreover, Australian universities and colleges tend to promote practical learning, giving the students a lot more space to improve, be creative and carry out their own projects, which would not only help us academically but later in the bigger world. Also, according to the world economic forum 2017, two cities of Australia fall under top 10 safest cities in the world where the USA isn’t even in the list. Furthermore, Australian education provides refund facilities if the course provider is not able to provide the course. Therefore, I find Australia as the best destination to further my studies.

Why Sydney

Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales (NSW) is one of the most populous cities in Australia. It has also been recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world. Along with top high-quality education, vast career opportunities and world class degrees, it is also rich in natural beauties, culture, fashion, technology, business and many more. It is a beautiful city with parks, sporting venues, scenic places and beaches including the famous Bondi beach and many other beaches and also the most iconic structure Sydney Opera house is also located here. Apart from this, Sydney is also the economic and financial hub of Australia. Every institution in Sydney is highly reputed and prestigious. They are committed to provide high quality education to students and bring the best out of them. The natives of Sydney are warm and welcoming as well as the presence of people from different countries and culture will help the students to adjust with each other. Sydney has an excellent public transport system which is a comprehensive network of train, bus and ferry services, airplane links, sightseeing buses and taxi services. And the climate is favorable with warm summers and cool winters with rainfalls. Thus, beautiful city with many places to visit, friendly people from different culture, institution providing high quality education, favorable climate with tons of transportation means, incalculable opportunities, safety, hospitality and the positive attitude of the natives towards the international students led me to choose Sydney as the best destination for my further studies in Australia.

Reasons for choosing ***College as an education provider

Since my childhood, I have been interested in the psychological aspects of humans. I have always wanted to help people and give back to the community. So, I found counselling to be the best career path for me to attain my personal goals. I want to attain the highest level of education and place myself in the line of opportunities. My fundamental reason for choosing this subject of study is my passion to reach the zenith in my chosen field and attain perfection in anything I undertake. After choosing Australia as the destination for my further studies, I researched for the most suitable city. There are many famous and developed cities in Australia such as Melbourne, Queensland, Brisbane, Perth etc. However, I chose Sydney as my destination because I found that it has the most favorable environment for international students like me. So, I started researching universities and colleges in Sydney through the internet that provided Postgraduate degrees in Counselling. After much research on many universities and colleges such as ***University, ****University and so on, I came across [college]. I did my research and got much information by browsing on the official website of [college] i.e. ** I found that [college] is committed to providing the same high standards of admission and tuition to Australian and International students. It is a self accredited authority registered by Australia’s national regulator of higher education, the Tertiary Education and Standards Policy (TEQSA). This college also meets the ESOS requirements as a registered Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider in Australia. All courses in this college are Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) complaint. Here, I will be studying 16 core units. I also found out that according to the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results, [college] stands above the majority of universities across Australia for student experience. Located in [address] with easily accessible transport facilities and good climatic conditions, [college], compared to other institutions, is a perfect pathway to enter my career and achieve my goals. Besides all such reasons, the comparatively low fee structure of [college] for my course of study (i.e. *** AUD for Post graduate diploma in Counselling and ** for Master of Counselling) convinced me to choose [college] for my further studies.

Reasons for choosing master in Counselling

Choosing what you want to do for the rest of your life is a crucial decision. I found Counselling as my career for which I felt like home. In simple words, counselling is providing guidance to help people navigate life’s challenges. It is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals. In modern times, people are too busy in their lives, maybe because of their work, family or education. People don’t have time to assess their own condition and problems, so the problems keep on increasing and start affecting other aspects of their lives. In such situations, counselling helps people/clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; provide behavior change and optimal mental health. I believe the need of counsellors is increasing with the fast pace of modern times.

Such are few of the reasons for which I decided to choose a Postgraduate diploma in counselling leading to a Master's degree. Counselling can make a profound impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities. Postgraduate study of counselling will give me tools to navigate emotions, understand causes and effects of problems of everyday people, through which I will be able to help those in need, people struggling with problems. The study will prepare me for a range of counselling-related positions within the mental health sector. For example: in NGO’s, private and government sectors, schools, etc. I plan to advance to Master of counselling after my postgraduate diploma in counselling. And I also know that the Master of Counselling degree in [college], is a PACFA accredited course (PACFA-Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) and ACA accredited course (Australian Counselling Association). I am also aware of the courses that I will learn there in my studying period. Getting a postgraduate degree in counselling gives graduates the education and credentials necessary to embark on a successful and rewarding career. The opportunities are great as there are many different fields for counselors upon graduation based on personal interest and goals. For example; one could be a counselor for the armed forces helping men and women returning from overseas adjust back to their life as a civilian. I personally choose to work as a counselor for children working in the field of child abuse helping children overcome abusive ordeals. Such are the reasons why I have chosen a Postgraduate diploma in Counselling leading to a Master's degree. With a Postgraduate degree in counselling, I'll be able to make a career in which I can help people live better lives.

After completion of study

I have applied for a Postgraduate diploma in Counselling leading to a Master's degree. From my personal research from several sources, I have found Counselling has a very wide scope and high- paying job opportunities in current markets of my home country and overseas as well. The fast pace of modern times has significantly affected the psychological aspects of countless people causing problems that call for the need of counsellors for solutions. So, I believe Counselling is one of the best career opportunities in modern times. Postgraduate diploma in Counselling leading to a Master's degree in [college] will provide me with the advanced knowledge, skills and experience I need to become a specialist in this field. I will learn about interpersonal skills, theories, ethics required in counselling. With a Postgraduate degree in counselling, I can work in several specialties within the counselling psychology field, including career and school counselling, mental health counselling and substance abuse counselling, etc.

After the completion of my course, I also plan to join for a PhD degree. Then after, I will return to [country] with an international degree and experience for good career opportunities. The majority of people in [country] still have some negative perspective towards going to counselors to solve their problems. I want to be a specialist in this field so that I can change this perspective of people in my home country. [country] lacks good counselors at the moment, with my study course I want to aid in this field. I can also work for different national and international reputed NGOs and INGOs. So, I want to study in Australia to hone my skills and I will return to my motherland to utilize those unoccupied opportunities and contribute towards development of my community and nation. Besides all such reasons to return to [country], the main reason is my parents, being the only child, it is my responsibility to look after my parents as all my achievements were only possible due to their love and support. So, with high quality education and experience I gain from studying in Australia, I will return to my home country, [country] to seize the opportunities that lie here and contribute to the development of my community and this field.

Financial Background

My parents are my biggest supporters and motivators. I could not have achieved all the things I have achieved in my life without their support. I am grateful to be blessed with such a supportive family. Along with my parents has always supported my education financially as well as emotionally ever since my school days and he looks forward to supporting me in my further studies as well. To graduate from a well reputed college and to see me become a successful person in life has always been their dream. While studying in [country] they sponsored me for my studies. My family was very glad about my decision to pursue a Postgraduate diploma in Counselling leading to a Master's degree from [college], Sydney. Considering the income and financial capacity, my family will be sponsoring for my entire studies and stay in Australia. My father, [father name] , works as managing director in a*** and gets an annual salary of **** which is equivalent to ****/-AUD. Similarly, my mother is working as a manager and gets an annual salary ***. 

Along with that, we own plenty of cultivable land and collect an average sum of ***  which is equivalent to ** annually through different forms of agriculture. Thus, the total annual income my family ** .The amount is calculated at an exchange rate, **** . I would like to assure you they are financially strong and capable enough to take care of me during my stay in Australia. Therefore, I heartily look forward to embarking on a new educational experience in Australia through [college].


I feel that a Postgraduate diploma in Counselling leading to a Master's degree in [college] shall be the most logical decision for my Academic goals and towards my career as well. I hope I fit in your image as a promising student. All the expenses regarding my education fee, living expenses and any other expenses will be easily covered by my family members. My family has always been supportive in my education and career. I would like to assure you that after the completion of my studies, I will return to my country to contribute with the knowledge and experience I gain from Australia. I do not have any intentions to prolong my stay and I will comply with the Australian government’s law as an international student during my stay in Australia. I am applying for a student visa (subclass 500) to study for a Postgraduate diploma in Counselling leading to a Master's degree, after fulfilling all GTE criteria. I have confidence that the respected officer of the Australian High Commission will consider me as a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student and give me the opportunity to acquire quality education from Australia which will have high significance after returning back to [country], both to me and to the country as well.

Student visa subclass 500

I abide by all the rules and regulations of the Australian Government and will abide by the student visa conditions. I have a clear understanding that breaching any conditions may result in cancellation of my visa.

Following are some of the conditions:

  •  I must maintain a good attendance i.e. minimum 80% and progress in my course as required by the college.
  •  I must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance (OSHC) during my stay in Australia.
  • I must not work more than 20 hours per week.
  • I must inform the college within a week for my change of residence or contact details.
  • I must not involve myself in activities that are disruptive or threaten Australian Culture during my stay.
  • I must not be involved in ·any activities that are disruptive to, or in violence threaten harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community.
  • I cannot change the course to the other lower level.
  • I cannot change the college, if required, before one semester of studies upon enrollment.
  • I must notify the college if I change my education provider within seven days of receiving the electronic confirmation of enrolment certificate or evidence of enrolment.

Yours sincerely,

[name of student]

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