It might be a while since you were a uni student. Or perhaps you never were one and jumped straight into the workforce (go, you!).

Either way, you may have more worries and questions about today’s uni experience than your child does. That’s why uni Open Days – whether in-person or online – can be a parent’s greatest resource when it comes to helping your child decide on the right course and institution for them. Here is a list of your must-do activities for the day.

1. Focus on your child's strengths & interests

The Victoria University (VU) Virtual Open Day website is chock full of information about every thing you would want to know about what we offer for prospective students.

Narrow down your child’s academic strengths and areas of interest so can find the right sections and all of the related information. You’ll have the chance to watch detailed videos that feature teachers who will be educating your child, as well as current students and successful graduates who studied the same degree.

You’ll never have a greater opportunity to have all your questions answered, so make a list and tick them off!

Open Day is a great time to get all your questions answered.

2. Take your time & build your block

You’ll find a huge amount of material on the VU Virtual Open Day website. It might seem like there’s too much information to get through! But by Building Your Block, you’ll be able to gain a good insight to what your child might like to study.

The Block feature in VU’s Virtual Open Day is a way for your child to personalise their experience on the day by identifying study interests, scheduling sessions and chats, and adding things like relevant pages and information about courses, support and all the fun of student life. This will also help to guide them towards their study and future career choices.

Once they (and you) learn more about what's on offer, you’ll discover so many other exciting choices!

Help your child discover all their choices.

3. Money matters

Don’t let potential study costs add to your child’s stress over exams and assignments.

Open Day is the perfect opportunity to get the financials of uni understood. From Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP loans, voluntary repayments, student services fees, and more.

You’ll also find information about scholarships your child may be eligible for, and opportunities for student employment and employability services on campus and beyond.

4. Will the nest be empty?

We don’t want to scare you – but many first year uni students decide it’s time to leave the family home for a room or apartment of their own. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help them make the transition a safe and easy one.

Be sure to find out about the residential areas surrounding the uni campus, as well as the housing services the uni offers, including VU's secure student accommodation.

5. Take time to smell the coffee

Don’t forget to relax and enjoy Open Day with your child. Break up your session times if it helps to digest information, and chat about what you’re learning as you go.

This is a wonderful time to bond with your child before they venture off into the big wide world – and you’ll get a taste of the fun that’s in-store for them in uni life.

And you never know – this could be the next step for you taking the leap into further studies yourself!

Don’t miss VU’s Virtual Open Day on Saturday 21 August 2021.

Register now and attend on the day, and you could go in the draw to win a $2000 digital Flexi eGift Card* available to use with more than 60 retailers and experiences.

*Terms and conditions apply.