An open day is your chance to check out a uni or TAFE campus and the courses it offers so that you can see if it’s right for you.
If you’ve already made up your mind about further study, it’s still a good idea to go to a few open days to see what else is out there. That way you at least have a backup plan if your number one option doesn’t work out.
When are open days on?
Most Victorian universities and TAFEs have their open days in July or August. Some open days are held in May for those who might be interested in mid-year entry to a course.
- VTAC has a list of all Victorian Open Days (new window) on their website.
Information about open days is also listed on individual uni and TAFE websites.
- Find TAFE and training websites with the Victorian Skills Gateway's provider search tool (new window)
- Find university websites with the QILT Institutions search tool (new window)
Getting ready to go to an open day
Universities and TAFEs only open their doors to prospective students once a year. Here’s how you can make the most of the opportunity:
- Check out the VTAC CourseSearch tool (new window) to find which institutions are offering courses that fit with your interests
- Have a look at the websites of the TAFEs, colleges and universities you're interested in to find out what courses and subjects are on offer
- Think about the student clubs and activities you’d like to be part of and find out where these are available
- Make a list of questions you’d like to ask teachers or students and take it with you on open day
What happens at an open day
A lot of institutions will have a guide to what's happening as part of their open days, so make sure you check out the Open Day program on their website before you head out.
When you arrive, there will probably be students handing out campus maps and information booklets. Use these resources as a guide to planning your time on campus. You should also talk to these students and ask them about activities and things to check out.
Each faculty will have its own staff and students to answer your questions about particular areas of study. There might also be course information sessions at specific times.
Other things you can do at open days include:
- Checking out at the facilities (for example, lecture theatres, gyms, student accommodation, cafes and cinemas)
- Talking to current students about student life and the courses they're studying
- Meeting with lecturers and coordinators to discuss entry requirements and find out more about the courses on offer
Good luck, and happy Open Day!