A lot of consideration is needed when thinking about life after school. For most students choosing the right university is important. You have to think about your interests, passions, the course you wish to take and ask yourself if you have the grades that will get you there. You have to be realistic. University visits are an important part of that process.
- Talk face-to-face with admissions officers
For students, the main benefit of attending a university fair is the opportunity to get your questions answered in person, in an informal discussion with admissions staff. As well as filling in gaps in the information available online, this is also a great way to get a feel for the ethos of the institution, and tailored advice on what you need to do next.
- Gain test prep advice from university admission experts
Do you need to take an English language test such as IELTS /TOEFL or standardised test like SAT/ ACT/Subject SAT? Many university fairs offer opportunities to gain information about these exams.
- Get practical tips for your application
In between discussions with university representatives, you’ll have the chance to attend talks and panel discussions on a range of topics. This could be useful in helping you decide which course to apply for or which country to study in, as well as giving you practical tips on how to put together a successful application. Admissions officers will share what they look for when assessing applications, what common mistakes to avoid, and how to go the extra mile to make yourself stand out.
- Understand admission requirements
While all universities list admission requirements on their websites, these often leave some space for confusion. Have you studied the required subjects to a high-enough level? Which standardized exams are preferred? What exactly is meant by ‘work experience’? And if you’re applying to study abroad, what additional requirements must you meet?
- Discover totally new options
Although you might have a clear plan of which universities and programs interest you, university fairs are a fantastic way to discover options that you haven’t previously considered, but which perfectly fit your requirements and goals. Talk to as many university representatives as you can, and keep an open mind.
- Access exclusive scholarship advice
Finally, attending a university event can help you find out about scholarships and other funding opportunities – including some which are exclusive to event attendees. Once you’ve established a personal connection with a school, you’ll be able to continue the conversation afterwards, and if you’ve really made a strong impression on an admissions officer, s/he may suggest various funding schemes you should apply for.
Contact Ms. Ambika from the counselling office for more information.