Questions to ask at a university fair

When it comes to decide a university to apply; there are no rights or wrong questions. Through Virtual fairs you have the opportunity personally interact with a number of universities. You can leverage the knowledge of university representatives to gain resources and information that will enable you to take better decisions.

You may have questions for a number of universities which in the limited frame of time may not be addresses. Hence, it is important to attend a virtual fair with a clear set of questions which will help you decide between universities.

We are here to help you prepare yourself before attending a virtual education fair.

Questions to ask about the university

What courses should I pursue to pique my interest?

  • This is the best question to open a conversation with.
  • University representative highlight aspects of a course that are of relevance to you
  • Answers to this question will help you eliminate universities that do not offer courses that you need

What sets your university apart? 

  • University representatives bring out unique aspects of their universities
  • We advise you to pay close attention to the points shared to answer this question
  • Keep in mind the points that most attract you to a particular university. You may use these points to compare two or more universities, this will help you pick the most suitable institution to study
  • Do not be afraid to add more questions

How much rent do international students pay? How difficult is finding campus accommodation?

  • This is an important question to ask a university representative
  • Not all universities have provision for campus accommodation
  • The answer to this question will help you plan your finances, and will make choosing between two universities easier

Question to ask about eligibility and admission process

What requirements do I need to meet to be guaranteed a seat in the program of my interest?

  • Some universities have additional requirements – sports, volunteering or other extracurricular activities.
  • Learning about the clear set of requirements will help you assess whether or not you meet them

What is the acceptance rate at your university?

  • Answer to this question will help you gauge the competitiveness of the university
  • You will be able to permute your chance of being accepted to the university
  • We suggest you put your efforts in a university that is not too competitive nor is too lenient with their admissions. That way you stay relevant in the market space when you graduate.

What points should I consider to make my application attractive?

  • The possibility of you interacting with an admission officer cannot be overlooked
  • Receiving the information directly from a person in authority will help you present an attractive application, setting you apart from other students

Are there advantages to submitting my application early?

  • This may not be explicitly conveyed but can put you in an advantage over other applicants
  • Never let your application be your last priority

What scholarships are available?

  • Information about scholarships is a necessary information to possess, especially when it comes to planning finances
  • Scholarship information can be accessed from university websites, pamphlets, brochures and other printed information sources. However, having a representative explain the process and criteria for your individual case will help you better understand the process.

Questions to ask about …….. About career prospects

What potential does this course have in the employment space? What are the career prospects for a graduate in my field of study?  

  • The investment of time and money should yield a fruitful outcome. It makes little sense to pursue a program that repays no benefits to your career
  • The representative may share examples of alumni that have gone on to achieve success
  • The representative’s answer to this question will paint you a picture of how prepared for employment you will be once you graduate

How easy is it for a student to find jobs on campus?

  • Tuitions, accommodation, travel, and other living expenses can be expensive, and students find ways to fund these expenses by taking up part-time jobs.
  • You can may ask to understand the type of part-time jobs a student gets employed for on campus
  • The university representatives declare the earning potential, hour or days of work that you are permitted under your student visa, taxes if any, and other information.

Attending virtual fairs will present you with the most accurate picture of a university you have had your mind on. It is the best way to get acquainted with prospect universities that once did not make it to your priority list. While questions are necessary to make informed decisions, you may also need to work on other parts of your application, and other requirements that are vital in giving you an edge over other applicants.

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