How to get the most from university open days
25 Aug 2022
25 Aug 2022
As we approach the pointy end of the school year, it’s time to start thinking about next steps. And that means university open days.
August and September is when it really starts to ramp up for Year 12s thinking about tertiary education. University open days are a great way to start getting a feel for where you might like to study, and you can head along even if you’re a couple of years away from graduation.
So what should you expect to get out of open days, and how should you approach them? Let’s take a look at what exactly open days are, how best to plan your day, and some things you should keep in mind when visiting a university open day.
University open day is your chance to ask questions, see the campus firsthand and work out whether or not it will be right for you.”Nav Phokela, Accel iQ Tutor
Universities are huge institutions and they’re always looking to attract new students. With over a million students at 43 universities around Australia, it’s a competitive field. One way that universities can spruik themselves is with an open day, at which the doors are flung open and anyone can come take a look around.
Open days are designed to show off the courses, campus, social clubs, facilities and graduate successes of a university. Even if you’re planning on studying online, attending an open day can be a great way to delve a little deeper into the courses, lecturers and potential futures offered by the institution. Remember, a university open day is your chance to ask questions and see the campus firsthand and to work out whether or not it will be right for you.
There’s a lot to see and do at open days, but here are a few things to look for:
Open days are big, busy and often overwhelming, so it’s best to go in with a plan.
Uni open days generally start around August and September, but each institution has its own calendar. Plus with mid-year intake and some universities offering trimesters (that’s three uni terms per year), it’s best to plan in advance.
A comprehensive list of university open days, sorted by state and territory, is available at the myfuture website. For institutions that aren’t listed, it’s best to check their website directly.
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