You are studying overseas. You need to return to your country before the end of the semester for a family event : Semi-Formal Letter [IELTS General Writing Task 1 ]


  1. Overseas (adverb) – In or to a foreign country, especially one across the sea.
    • Example: She had the opportunity to study overseas during her university years.
  2. Commitment (noun) – A promise or firm decision to do something.
    • Example: I have a family commitment that requires my presence back home.
  3. Expedite (verb) – To make something happen more quickly.
    • Example: I will expedite my project work to ensure I meet the deadlines before leaving.
  4. Conducive (adjective) – Making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible.
    • Example: I will create a conducive study environment at home to continue my learning.

Sample Letter 1:

Dear Dr. Mitchell,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am reaching out with a request to seek some time off from our program due to unforeseen personal commitments.

My sister is getting married in a traditional, week-long ceremony, and as the only sibling, my presence and participation are vital. The date was set unexpectedly, and it’s before the end of our semester. I understand the importance of continuous learning, but this is a significant family event that I cannot miss.

To ensure my studies do not suffer, I have devised a plan. I will work ahead on all assignments, ensuring I meet the deadlines before my departure. Furthermore, I have spoken with some classmates who have agreed to share notes and updates with me during my absence. Also, I am committed to creating a study routine while I am away, dedicating a few hours daily to ensure I stay abreast of the curriculum.

I assure you, Dr. Mitchell, that I will not let this short break hinder my academic performance. I deeply value the education I am receiving under your guidance and will ensure that I uphold the standards set.

Thank you for considering my request, and I eagerly await your understanding and approval.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

Sample Letter 2:

Dear Professor Larson,

I trust you’re doing well. I’m writing to formally request a brief leave of absence from our course, due to a pressing family event back in my home country.

It is a significant family reunion marking the 50th wedding anniversary of my grandparents. Being one of the few times most of our extended family comes together, my presence is both expected and essential. I understand that this comes during a crucial period in our semester, but I am committed to ensuring that this does not affect my academic performance.

To ensure that I remain on track with the course, I have already started working on assignments that are due around that time. I will also liaise with a classmate to get any missed notes or updates. I will allocate dedicated study hours during my time away, making use of online resources to ensure that my understanding of the topics remains solid.

Professor Larson, I deeply respect your dedication to our education, and I assure you I will do everything in my capacity to ensure that my absence doesn’t impact my academic commitments.

Thank you for understanding and accommodating my situation. I appreciate your continued support and guidance.


[Your Name]

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