I would need to know whether the following is correct:

I applied for study of mathematics and physics.

or do I need to say it like that:

I applied for admission to university to study mathematics and physics.

Is the first enough to express the meaning of the other sentence? Thanks

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    Native speakers wouldn't normally say "I applied for study of mathematics and physics" - they'd invariably use "to". Other than that, you don't necessarily need to include "for admission" or "to university". Commented Jul 22, 2012 at 17:44
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    If you follow @FumbleFingers' good advice and replace "for" with "to", be sure to also take out the "of" after "study".
    – Cameron
    Commented Jul 22, 2012 at 21:08

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You could say, "I applied to study mathematics and physics" — you don't necessarily need to mention the university unless you want to differentiate between university, college etc.

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    I can't say I agree with the idea that "applied for" somehow implies "scholarship" (which I take it you mean in the "financial support" sense). To my mind, all it implies is the possibility that you might be rejected - but even that isn't a definite. Someone who knows they're going to get straight A's can still say they've applied to three universities, with pretty much 100% certainty that they'll be accepted by all three. The "bare" meaning is simply that you've formally asked to be accepted for something. Commented Jul 22, 2012 at 21:24
  • Agreed - have removed the second part of my answer.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 12:27

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