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If you are interested in getting information about what Universities have to offer school leavers and what campus life is like, it’s a great idea to attend University Open Days.

Here is the schedule of Open Days:

Sat 1 Aug – Monash (Peninsula campus)

Sun 2 Aug – Deakin (Warrnambool) ; Monash (Caulfield & Clayton)  ; Swinburne (Hawthorn)

Sun 9 Aug – Australian Catholic University (ACU) (Fitzroy); Deakin (Geelong campuses); La Trobe (Bundoora); RMIT; William Angliss

Sun 16 Aug – Melbourne; Monash (Parkville – Pharmacy); La Trobe (Bendigo)

Sun 23 Aug – Box Hill Institute; Deakin (Burwood); Victoria (Footscray)

Sun 30 Aug – ACU (Ballarat); Federation (Ballarat & Gippsland)

To help you select which Universities you’re interested in, get an Open Day Guide: Google the University and look for an Open Day Guide e.g.

www.deakin.edu.au/openday , www.openday.unimelb.edu.au , http://www.swinburne.edu.au/openday/?gclid=CNGBl6Ow7cYCFQUGvAodtPYLpQ,http://destination.monash/open-day etc.

Once you have the guide:

Check when relevant information sessions are on Allow sufficient time for your visit; two hours or so would be advisable Speak to staff about courses which interest you – prepare your questions beforehand Get a student perspective – speak to students studying courses which interest you Collect information/brochures Ask about industry based-learning (IBL) opportunities; ask about international study opportunities – a popular option Consider transport issues; is the campus accessible from where you live?

Check the environment where you will study; will you be happy there for three/four years?

Consider the facilities/clubs offered at your preferred institution Consider visiting a Victorian regional campus, especially if you think you mightn’t obtain a high enough ATAR for a metropolitan campus.  At Regional campuses required ATAR’s can be lower and they can offer more personal assistance, accommodation, and a lifestyle which will suit some students.

NOTE: If you are applying for a course that requires an interview/folio presentation/audition as part of the selection process, attendance is A MUST! You might be asked what you learned at Open Day.

If you have any further questions about the open days please contact the careers coordinator Sean Tehan on stehan@distance.vic.edu.au or 84800195