How to get the most from an online postgraduate open day

University open days are a great way to find more about your chosen postgraduate program and all the facilities available at your chosen institution.

However, with the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic causing many countries to be put into lockdown and the temporary campus closure of universities all over the globe, online open days are the perfect way to find out more about your chosen institution and ask any questions you may have.

Here we have some tips to help you get the most out of your online university open day.

Be prepared

Online postgraduate open days usually include a choice of online lectures and seminars along with a ‘Question and Answer’ session with an expert or leading academic from the university. When you register for the virtual open day tick any relevant boxes with regards to your specific area(s) of interest, and also sign up to any lectures that are relevant to your postgraduate studies. Before the online event takes place, make sure you have read up on what courses and subjects are on offer at the university – and if you have any queries or concerns about whether they will be running a particular module for your intake, or anything else to do with your preferred PG program make a note of them so you can raise your queries during the Q&A session.

Virtual tours

Many universities permanently host virtual tours on their websites. These are a great way to have a look at the campus and find out more about the aesthetic of a place. These tours usually include 360-degree imagery, so you can have a proper look around the university and get a feel for what it would be like to study there. Take a virtual tour before attending the virtual open day in case the tour raises any questions, for example about the library, laboratories or other university facilities.

Other information

Online open days often include information on fees and funding, as well as applications and admissions advice. This information will often be interactive, with the opportunity to pose questions. Again, make sure you’re well prepared so you can get the most out of this part of the virtual open day and find out how to get ahead with your masters or PhD application, what the actual deadlines are, and if your chosen university offers any funding assistance or scholarships for your particular program. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – the experts are there for a reason and will very much appreciate your interaction.

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