Letter Of Recommendations

Letter of Recommendation (LOR) is a declaration of how you are as an individualto be associated with. It is a recognition of your academic presence as evaluated by your professors. It can also be an assessment of your professional capability when written by your higher-ups in your company. LORs are highly valued in Australia, so ensure you have a good LOR.

MS in Australia-25

Typical time required: 1 – 2 weeks


  • The Letter of Recommendation should characterise you as an individual with understandings of having personally associated with you.
  • For some colleges/universities, you need to submit your recommender’s contact details in the application form or your CV. Your recommender shall get an email with a form/link to a questionnaire/few direct questions which need to be addressed by them.
  • In most cases (when your recommender doesn’t know you much or if they are busy & cannot write a LOR for you), the recommender might ask you to write a LOR, which they will edit later.

Before You Start

  • Check for any specific requirements declared by your university - your LOR may be required to be in a particular format (they might upload a document which needs to be filled in by the recommenders) • Do not exceed the word limit, e.g. 750 words, 1 page, 2000 characters etc.
  • See how many LORs have been asked for. Also, check if they have stated who your recommenders should be.
  • If you have no prior internship experience, you can ask for a LOR from your professor, head of Department, or the director of the college/University you’ve studied at. The credibility of their words will be valued much more than a letter from your high school.

Required Documents (for your recommender)

  • Your CV (if necessary)
  • Your Grade Report (if needed)
  • A draft LOR (if required)

Step by step Guide

  • Think of a few individuals who can give you a decent recommendation. That means (i) You have attended their classes and lectures or have teamed with them earlier (ii) they know you personally (preferable) (iii) they are in a good, respectable position.
  • Humbly ask them for a positive Letter of Recommendation for you.
  • When asking for someone from the University, you may also send your Transcript, reminding them of your performance in their classes.
  • When asking a senior from the organization where you have done your Internship, ask someone who can give details on your role & contribution to the work.
  • If you are writing a LOR draft, keep it in a mild, friendly tone but never exceed the boundary on any occasion.
  • There should be details on the duration of your association with them& how the recommender knows the student.
  • If you are required to prepare many LORs for different recommenders, then keep in mind that they have to be entirely different in the content, with minimal overlap.
  • Lastly, you can decorate and display the truth in any way, but don’t write false/fake accounts. This is disrespectful & unethical for the recommender, and by doing this, you might even disappoint them.
  • Once your recommender gives you the final document, ensure it is signed, stamped & sealed.
  • The recommender should mention their full name, contact details, email id & designation at the organisation written at the end. This way, Universities can directly get in touch with the recommenders.
  • Make sure you inform your recommenders about the institutions you will be applying to.


  • Keep in mind the type of institution and the course Content you will be applying to before sending the LORs.
  • LORs from your Universities/Internship/Work of recent years have a higher value.
  • Your LOR has to be written on the Company’s/University’s official letterhead only & should be stamped by the Department/Office and signed by your recommender.

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