Planning to visit a few uni open days?

You might miss out on some great opportunities on the day unless you do some prep beforehand.

But don’t add this to your pile of things to stress about! We’ve compiled a quick and easy checklist of everything you need to know to make the most of open day events.

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Open Days are are a great way to have fun and get all the essential information you need.

Before you go

  1. Make a list of courses or study areas you're interested in.
  2. Check the uni open day website for information sessions, tours and events in your areas of interest.
  3. If you need to register, book in ASAP so you don’t miss out.
  4. Download any open day or uni app and check the campus maps to plan your route around the event.
  5. Develop your personal timetable for the day, using a planning app if available. VU Open Day website lets you create a personalised planner for the day so you don’t miss a thing.
  6. Prepare a list of questions for teachers, students and admissions staff who'll be there on the day (we’ve suggested some below...).
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Shortlist information sessions according to your areas of interest.

On the day

1. Pack smart

Make sure you have the following with you on the day:

  • your phone, with any uni or open day apps
  • maps
  • a pen
  • details of events you plan to attend
  • a carry bag for papers, course guides and brochures
  • an umbrella (you live in Melbourne, and most open days take place during winter).

2. Get the lowdown from those in the know

Open Day is a perfect setting to pick the brains of the uni teachers, students and industry contacts.

Students can share their experience, while the lecturer will know all about getting in, course requirements and course structure.

Industry connections of the university can be stepping stones to your dream career, so find out how they can connect you with opportunities in their industry. At VU Open Day, a special Industry Hub area will help you find out everything in one place.

Things to ask students

  • What are some of the best things about studying here?
  • What do you wish you’d known before you started studying?
  • Can you tell me about what support is available if I struggle a bit?
  • Tell me about your favourite/least favourite subjects, and why you like them?

Things to ask teachers

  • How many hours in class or labs are there?
  • How long is the course?
  • How many hours of study and reading outside class is required?
  • How is the course assessed?
  • Is there a double degree option?

Things to ask industry reps

  • Do you offer work placements or internship programs for students?
  • Which courses here provide suitable graduates for your organisation?
  • What is the predicted growth in this industry over the next 3 to 5 years?
  • How can I make myself stand-out for employment in this field through non-uni achievements (like coaching, volunteering or community work)?

3. Tackle the tough questions

On Open Day, you can meet course and careers advisers and staff from student administration and admissions for all the important information about getting into a course.

Make sure you find out about:

  • admission criteria, including auditions, interviews or portfolios
  • prerequisite VCE subjects
  • the number of places available
  • the likelihood of second-round offers
  • scholarships you may be eligible for.

Also ask about alternative entry schemes and opportunities to transfer between courses. For example, VU Guaranteed is an early-entry offer scheme for partner schools. VU also has numerous pathways between TAFE and higher-education courses.

4. Explore the campus, surrounds – and opportunities abroad

Open days are a great opportunity to check out student libraries and computer labs, campus employment, leadership opportunities, student clubs and social events.

Consider things like accessibility by public transport or car, study assistance offerings and accessibility services support. And let’s not forget the fun stuff like the cafes, bars, local shopping and the exciting happenings in the surrounding areas.

Many universities let you take a subject, semester or whole year of your course overseas at an exchange institution – so don’t miss the chance to find out about exciting study abroad destinations on Open Day too.

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Make sure you pack wisely and dress for the weather.

 student at information stand on open day

Open days are the perfect place to have all your questions answered.

 two female students talk to staff members on open day

Teaching staff can give you valuable tips on getting into your course and succeeding at uni.

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Be sure to explore open day competitions and exciting activities.

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There's no better way to get a feel for life on campus.

Register now for VU Open Day 2019

Don't miss out on the chance to experience VU’s new way to do uni at Open Day 2019.

Open Day is an exciting day jam-packed with interactive activities. Experience the VU Block Model, find out about hundreds of courses, tour world-class facilities and chat to our friendly teachers and students. Get hands on with a humanoid robot, explore a live TV studio, trial new hands-free gaming technology and lots more!

You’ll also have the chance to meet some of our thousands of industry connections at our Open Day Industry Hub. Hear how they can offer priceless workplace-learning opportunities to take you to your dream career.

Register now for VU Open Day on Sunday 18 August 2019.