Open Days are a great way to learn more about our courses and see what our campuses have to offer. You’ll have the opportunity to meet lecturers and students, attend course-specific talks and take a tour of our facilities. This is one of the best ways to get a ‘feel’ for where you will be studying.
Making the most of your visit
Choosing the right university and course is a major decision – after all, it’s the place where you will study and perhaps live for the next three years or more. There really is no substitute for visiting a campus and visualising yourself studying, living and socialising there!
Open Days are a great opportunity for you to visit the University’s campuses, talk to lecturers about the course/s you are interested in studying – and perhaps learn about subjects you hadn’t previously considered, as well as chatting to our current students about student life at Ulster – the studies and the craic!. You will also see, first-hand, the many facilities, such as, our library, accommodation, state-of-the-art sports centre and Students’ Union.
Student Finance, Students’ Union and Student Support Services (Disability, Accommodation, etc) will be on hand to offer advice and support each day.
Along with exhibits, we have organised a full schedule of subject talks and tours at each campus which will help you get a real flavour of life at Ulster.
Why not prepare for your visit in advance? You can design your own itinerary by choosing the talks and tours you are interested in.
- Plan your day – make a timetable – note the time of subject talks and tours you want to attend and identify their locations.
- (NB: talks are tours are repeated throughout the day – make sure you give yourself enough time to move around the campus to the various locations – our student guides will be on hand to guide you);
- Attend talks and tours relevant to the subject/s in which you are interested;
- Prepare and ask the right questions, eg. are you eligible to apply to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme; what Clubs and Societies are available; what happens if you don’t achieve the exact grades needed, and so on;
- Visit the faculty stands (in the Sports Centre); chat with staff and students and collect relevant literature;
- Find out if your course has a compulsory placement and where our students have worked;
- Visit the library, computer labs, careers centre, etc;
- Visit the various faculty demonstrations;
- Get first-hand experience about career options;
- Visit the various accommodation options – this could be your home for the next 3 or 4 years!
- Visualise yourself studying and living here!
- Contact Disability Services before Open Day should you wish to discuss facilities, etc;
- Explore the surrounding area, if possible;
- Find out about transport options available;
- Spend too much time following your friends or family – talk to staff and students on your own;
- Be put off by bad weather;
- Wander around aimlessly!
- End up regretting that you didn’t use your visit more productively. (The more you see and do, the easier it will be to complete your UCAS application form.)