Open Days may not look the same this year
COVID-19 has changed a lot this year, and universities have moved their Open Days online. Traditionally one of the biggest days in the University calendar, Open Days exist to help future students make informed decisions about their future.
This year may be different, but you can still do many of the same things.
Here you’ll find the information you need to plan your schedule this Open Day season so you don’t miss out on a single experience that could change your future.
What are Online Open Days?
They’re just about the same as an in-person Open Day, just without the risk. In fact, it could turn out to be a good thing. For the first time, students from across the country can experience life at a variety of universities without having to travel.
You won’t have to worry about early starts, traffic jams, finding parking or waiting to talk to professors. Plus, universities are holding events across multiple dates and recording the live sessions, so if you miss out on a session you could catch it again later.
- You can virtually ‘attend’ multiple Open Days, even if they’re held on the same day in different states
- See what universities are like away from where you live
- Fit Open Day into your work/study/life schedule
Get all the information you need in the one place
Whether you’re set on where you want to study, or not sure yet, or just exploring, Open Day can help you clarify your options.
You’ll get a good look at the campus, and be able to hear from current students which will help you decide if it’s the right vibe for you. You should be able to check out:
- The campus and facilities
- Lecture theatres, classrooms, labs and workspaces
- Individual departments and the Library
- Social areas like the café, gym, pool, and student zones
- On-campus accommodation, including the rooms you could be staying in
Speak with a range of people, including the university teaching staff, current and past students, support staff and other future students.
Take the chance to ask lots of questions
There’s no better way to learn about what’s possible than through speaking with the admissions and teaching staff. Often, they can suggest alternative courses that could suit your goals better, or give you Plan B options in case you don’t get the ATAR you were hoping for.
They’ll also let you know about pathways and help you structure a program that’ll play to your strengths. You could be eligible for scholarships, financial support or early entry and the staff will help you identify what you could access.
Students with specific support needs can also get their questions answered, and look out for tailored sessions to help differently-abled students or those with special needs.
Check out this article from our experts with some great ideas to help you make the most of your time on Open Day
We’ve listed every Open Day for 2020 in our Planner
We know there’s a lot to keep track of, but with the Open Day Planner 2020 you’ll have a list of every Open Day for 2020 from every state and territory in your hands.
“This is AMAZING!!!! What a sensational resource. I’m really looking forward to sharing this with our students next week. I’m sure the rest of your members will be equally impressed. Collating this information must take so long but please know how grateful we are.”
– Melissa Dillon, St Peter’s College, Victoria
Many of the Universities have moved online, but there are still a few holding on-campus Open Days. For the first time, students will easily be able to tour Universities on the other side of Australia, giving you more options than ever before.
Register for updates, take a virtual tour, sit in on an online lecture and meet your future teachers without having to leave home.
You can also find Open Days in the Careers Calendar.