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Open Day: a guide for parents

12/03/2021 | 4 MINS

University open days are often the first chance you and your teenager have to step onto a uni campus together. There will be plenty to see and do on the day, so ensure you both make the most of the experience by coming up with a plan of attack. To help you out, we’ve created a list of top 5 things to at UWA’s Open Day on Sunday 28 March.

If you’re attending as a grandparent or older carer and experience difficulty with your mobility, our specialist staff will be available to assist you with getting around. Contact 6488 2026 to get in touch.

If you’re a parent interested in studying at UWA, be sure to chat with our friendly staff at the Central Hub on James Oval to learn about flexible, part-time courses to fit around your family life, student support available and parent services on campus.

1. Register to attend and plan your day

Firstly, we recommend you and your child register online to access everything you’ll need for Open Day. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be sent a link to view the full program of events so you can decide which ones to attend. With more than 60 events over the day, it’s wise to save your favourites and then print or download a personalised calendar to your phone so you don’t miss a thing.

2. Add a key talk to your list

You’ll probably want to attend our session, ‘Study at UWA: Information session for high school students’. These half-hour talks run at 11am, 12pm and 1pm, so there should be a time to suit you. We also have a ‘Scholarships and application process’ session on offer so you can learn about the scholarships available and how to use our new application system.

3. Take a campus tour

UWA is lucky enough to boast possibly the most attractive university campus in Australia, so why not take the opportunity on Open Day to join a walking tour and see for yourself? It’s the best way to explore the grounds and get an inside look at our facilities, classrooms and the most picturesque spots on campus. Tours depart from the Central Hub on James Oval at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm. These tours are led by our Student Ambassadors who are a great source of intel for life as a UWA student.

4. Get personalised advice

Sure, you can find plenty of information by reading brochures and websites, but there’s nothing quite like talking to someone who can provide specific advice to you and your child. Our Future Students Advisers can help you out with the requirements of our courses, while our academics can answer questions about what your son or daughter will actually learn. Hit the ground running by preparing a list of questions prior to Open Day, so you don’t head home with any unanswered. We’ll also have student support staff on hand who can talk about the variety of services on offer, so make sure you chat with them if your child has any particular needs.

5. Check out the clubs and social groups

It can be a difficult time for your child to leave their school friends who’ve become such a big part of their life, but there’s nothing like finding new friends with people from all walks of life. UWA has more than 160 student clubs and societies, and representatives from many of them will be at Open Day. From music, sport and politics, to religion, engineering and Harry Potter – there’s a club for everyone, as well as loads of cultural groups.


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