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What questions should you ask at Open Days

Explore the key questions to ask at a university open day.
A student holding a sign saying Open Day and wearing a t-shirt with the writing here to help is ready to help prospective students during their visit.

You and your young person should use Open Days to get as much information as possible about courses, student life, accommodation and teaching at the university.

If you attend equipped with questions, you’ll be able to make better judgements when it comes to comparing the different universities, and support your young person as they make those all-important choices about where will be the ‘best-fit’.

Questions your young person may want to ask:

  • What modules can I study and how many will I be able to choose?
  • Can I do a placement or a year abroad with this course?
  • Will I get help to find my placement?
  • How many contact hours will I have?
  • What support is available if I need extra help on my course?
  • How much is accommodation?
  • Where is the accommodation?
  • What do students do in their second and third years?
  • How much work will I need to do outside the lectures?
  • Can I learn a language with my course?
  • What happens if I miss my grades?
  • What is the nightlife like?
  • Do people go home at weekends?
  • What societies and sports clubs are available?
Open Days are an opportunity for both young people and their parents/supporters to ask questions and collect information
Top tipDon’t feel the need to do everything on an Open Day, either virtual or in person. There will be other opportunities to visit but prioritise the things that are more difficult to find out at other times such as hearing from academic staff that might be teaching you.

You might feel nervous about asking questions at Open Days in front of lots of other people, but don’t worry, there is a good chance there are others in the room thinking the same thing so don’t be afraid to ask.

Think about questions you might like to ask at an Open Day, either virtual or in-person and write these in the comment area below. They will probably be useful to others as well.

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