The idea of an Open Day can be quite daunting if you are not sure what to expect from it or have never gone to one in the past. At NCH, these events are usually quite relaxed and offer a great opportunity to talk to lecturers and students at NCH to see whether their experience matches the one you would like to have at university.
There really is no need to prepare for these events as you will not be assessed however, it is always better to come with a couple of key questions in mind. Below I have compiled a list of questions you may want to ask at an NCH Open Day.
- What is so special about the degrees/courses offered at NCH?
- Are financial aid packages offered, how much do they offer and who is eligible for them?
- Are tutoring programmes offered?
- How large are the average classes?
- How many nationalities are there at the college?
- Is there a student union?
- What societies are there?
- How safe are the facilities and area surrounding NCH? What security measures are in place?
- What is the travel time like from the most common accommodations?
- Are there opportunities for part time jobs in and around the university?
- What teaching/instruction methods are in use at the university?
- What assessment methods are in use at NCH? (Try to be course specific)
- Are graduate job placements offered by the university after graduation?
- Does the university run job fairs?
- What is LAUNCH and how will it make you stand out from other students?
It would also be favourable for you to have done some research previous to your visit although as stated before, this is not a requirement. Examples of questions you could research before visiting are: • What are the entry requirements for your specific course? • Are there any subject or English level requirements? • What is the price per annum for your course? • What documents are needed in order to enrol and when do application registrations close? • What qualifications does the course give you and are they what you need?
Taking part in NCH Open Days is a great way to get a feel for the university, the people and the values the college stands for. Make the most of it by asking questions to those who so recently were in your position.