Statement of Purpose (SOP) for Social work

Statement of Purpose (SOP) for Social work

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Suman PoudelWed Aug 18 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 enroll into a Social Work degree. 

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

  • Clearly mention when you developed a passion for your intended course. 
  • Present your independent research and reasons behind choosing the course, 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) for Master of Social work

I am [name of the applicant], daughter of [parents name]. I am from Colombo, Sri Lanka. I am very much pleased to introduce myself as a genuine student for the course of Master of Social work at one of the highly renowned universities named [name of the university] Australia. In this statement of purpose, I will be illustrating briefly about myself regarding my academic background, reason for choosing Australia rather than other countries, why I chose a particular education provider and course and also my future plans.

My parents are both university professors. From my school days, I was so much concerned about the social aspects of my surroundings. My parents were the educators thus they used to receive numerous invitations from the social organizations to address the burning issues. As a child, I was together with them frequently. Gradually I grew my interest towards the concepts such as: society, culture, literature, youths, abuse, rehabilitation and so on. As a result, after completion of my high school I joined Bachelor of social work at [name of the college] and completed it in 2018 with [achieved grade]. Right after the result, I got a chance to work in [name of the organization] as an assistant project manager. I never limited myself from learning and collecting the experiences. Every day was a new experience and surprise for me. I did pretty well at my job. As a result, I was promoted to a senior project head in 2020. However, I somehow felt that I should sharpen my skills and knowledge more and to do so I must study and research more. Eventually, I decided to join my Masters. Then I started conducting rigorous research. During that time, I visited and researched the various colleges and universities here in Sri Lanka offering the courses of Master of Social work. After gaining a very good work experience I knew what skills and theoretical knowledge I should learn more. I was not really impressed when I discovered about the quality of education and the course contents the educational providers provide in my home country. Eventually, I decided to study abroad. To begin my first step, I joined IELTS preparation classes and appeared for the IELTS examination on [date] scoring overall 7.5 with no band less than 7.0. I attended various seminars, visited experts of education consultants and also researched online for the colleges in Australia offering postgraduate Social work courses. And I found [name of the university] is prominent for international students being consistent to offer quality education and specialize them in respective fields.

Multicultural Australia became my first choice because it is more vibrant and has friendly natives. Australia is an internationally recognized source of high-quality education as well as research excellence. Australia has more than 1100 education providers providing 22000 varieties of courses, out of which 7 universities have been listed in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings. Australia has been listed in the top ten happiest countries and is the second international education destination because of its cultural diversity, high quality education, world famous lifestyle and friendly nature towards overseas students. Moreover, Australia is a more secure and peaceful study destination with a significantly lower crime rate. It also offers affordable cost of living with quality living standard and education. The Australian education system has also issued policies and acts beneficial for international students including the international scholarship scheme and Tuition Protection Services (TPS) which is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees (https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/).

The education system in Australia is more flexible as compared to my home country. The degrees and qualifications that Australian education institutes provide are internationally recognized which the colleges and universities of my home country fail to provide. Moreover, the Australian education system has well equipped and updated course contents providing adequate practical and industry based training to their students. Achieving a globally recognized qualification from an Australian education provider will ensure me to find a better job in my home country as the Social worker jobs providers in Sri Lanka are always looking to hire the skilled and international degree holder of IT professionals. Since, the Australian education system provides practical based qualitative education at affordable cost and allows the international students to practice outdoor lifestyle in a secured environment while studying in Australia, I choose to study in Australia.    

I have researched different foreign study destinations like the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and some European as well as Asian countries. The balanced environment and opportunities Australia has stored in, makes it a better foreign study destination over all other options. Tuition fees and living expenses in the USA and UK are significantly expensive while Australia offers quality education and a better quality of life at affordable costs. There are relatively less intakes per year in the USA and Canada as compared to that of Australia, which has flexible intakes. Canada has extreme cold weather with an average of -19.7 degree Celsius temperature but Australia's climate is moderate, more alike to that of my home country, Sri Lanka. In order to study in the US and Canada, entry requirements are very difficult as they are time, money and effort consuming. The applicants need to have SAT, ACT or TOFEL in order to study in USA institutes which is time, money and effort consuming. Several colleges being Blacklisted previously and with the lack of policies like Tuition Protection Service (TPS), I find the UK less secure as a study destination. Similarly, the USA lacks adequate security for foreign students and most of the European and Asian Countries have language barriers that could make daily life difficult. Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in the country without any boundaries and fear. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living.


Social workers help their clients handle everyday life problems. They often guide their clients who have issues caused by domestic violence, mental health, neglect, abuse and parental substance abuse and so on. Clinical social workers may also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Being the citizens of the 21st century, people are isolated physically and this influences all kinds of human activities both personal and organizational. Social workers play a significant role to solve the modern issues of this modern world. Apart from the already mentioned scopes, there are also macro scopes of social work. Senior social worker can work in advance human rights, engage in practice-informed research, policy practice, and engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, social, economic and environmental justice.

The social work course offered in my home country follows the old course structure. The colleges here offer a traditional based teaching and learning system. These colleges rarely offer internship facilities. Mainly they focus on theoretical based training and hence fail to provide industry needs practical. Studying in my home country offers no opportunity for a multicultural environment. Moreover, I will be equipped with locally recognized degrees and theoretical based knowledge lacking adequate practical skills making it more challenging to find a better job upon completion of study in my home country. However, studying in an Australian institution will help me to learn in an advanced methodology, enhance my practical knowledge and gain a global exposure which will certainly help me build a better career. So, I prefer to study in Australia as it can help me enhance my skills and learn new things among the new people gathering the new experiences in a qualitative way.

As I decided to study in Australia, I researched educational providers offering the course of my interest. I have come across some of the popular colleges and universities of Australia providing Social work programs such as: [name of the universities you have researched on]. 

[name of the university] is located in Melbourne CBD ensuring the availability of all sorts of public infrastructure, hence making students' lives convenient. Moreover, [name of the university] specializes in overseas student’s education and prepares a safe environment to help them enhance their knowledge. Also it offers my intended course at affordable cost and has excellent education service and facilities. Small size class, flexible timetable, fully resourced labs and industry expert trainers are important factors of [name of the university] that convince me to raise my further education in [name of the university] over all other options. 

After going to the seminars conducted by [name of the organization], I wanted to know more about [name of the university]  and its courses. My interested field of study is Social work and [name of the university] is equipped with modern classrooms, providing opportunities for 'hands-on' experience and practice as well as excellent student support system for international students. They also provide the placement during the final 2 semesters which will help me a lot to gain additional work experience in multicultural Australia. [name of the university] specializes in international student education, provides a multicultural learning environment for students from over 35 countries. Industry experienced trainers from over 13 nationalities deliver courses at [name of the university]. [name of the university] works hard to ensure the needs and interests of each student. Staff are dedicated to looking after all needs of students ensuring that the students feel welcomed, comfortable and supported. [name of the university] has excellent facilities and technology resources along with the advanced learning and teaching methodology. The college is conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD), making transportation easier. [name of the university] offers reasonable course fees and duration with the flexible payment options. It has small sized classes ensuring individual attention towards students, flexible class timetable, assignment based assessment and extra learning support system along with weekly support tutorials for each course. 

My guardians are very positive towards my study abroad plan and will support me financially as well as morally throughout my stay in Australia. 

I have a 2 years study plan in Australia. In these two years, I will be completing my intended course. After completion of my Master of Social work, I wish to gain some practical job experience and return to my home country. There is a huge scope of social workers in post civil war Sri Lanka. My first choice is to work as a Senior Researcher at Sri Lanka civil society sector evaluation. 

I hope that you shall take an affirmative decision on my visa application.

Yours Sincerely, 

[Name of the applicant]

[Email]

[contact]

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