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Choosing where to study

What's a university open day?

University open days are an opportunity to gather more information about an institution, experience the campus, and meet current students and staff.

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  1. What are open days all about?

  2. What’s there to do at an open day?

  3. Are there postgraduate open days?

What are open days all about?

Open days are organised by universities to give you the chance to visit and experience them firsthand. They help you to make decisions on what and where you'd like to study and can usually tell you more about a uni than a prospectus.

Universities run open days throughout the year and can occur any day of the week, even on weekends.

What’s there to do at an open day?

You have the opportunity to see what the campus and local area is like. You can also talk to staff and current students to discover what university life is like. Open days also give parents and guardians the chance to visit universities so they can help students make the right decisions.

You can attend talks and presentations about the university, departments, courses, student finance and more. Many universities host workshops and taster sessions so you can have an idea of what the course will be like. There’ll also be tours around the campus, including visits to available student accommodation.

  2. How to plan for a university open day
  3. Parents and university open days
  4. Why you should go to a university open day

Are there postgraduate open days?

Many universities run dedicated open days for postgraduate applicants, giving you a great opportunity to inspect the campus and facilities. You’ll also get the chance to ask them any specific questions you have about their research credentials, tutors and course leaders, funding options, or the type of course you’re interested in studying.

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