At York, visit days for offer holders are typically held between January and April each year, though this can vary depending on your department (don’t worry, they’ll contact you, so you’ll know what to do!). During a visit day, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with staff and students from your department and learn more about your course. As a Student Ambassador, I’ve worked on lots of visit days, so I’ve collated four top tips to help you make the most of the day!
Top Tip 1: speak to current students on your course/in your department
Student Ambassadors love speaking to prospective students, and we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Speaking to us is a great way to find out what life is like as a student doing your course at York. You can ask us pretty much anything, from the best place to go for a coffee, to the best study spots on campus. You can also ask ambassadors about what elements of the course they’ve enjoyed and how the course is helping them in their future career.
Top Tip 2: ask staff any questions about admissions, entry requirements, etc.
Staff in your department will know specifics about your course admissions. If they don’t know an answer, they’ll be able to direct you to someone who does! You can also ask staff what they enjoy most about the course! If your department offers several courses, you can ask about the differences between them as well. For example, in my department (Social Policy and Social Work) we have a Social Policy BA course as well as Social Policy, Crime and Criminal Justice BA.
Top Tip 3: explore the campus
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the university’s campus, a visit day for offer holders is a great opportunity for you to explore both campuses – especially if it’s a nice day! If you have visited already, take this as a chance to find anything you didn’t get time to before. For example, if you’ve only gone to either Campus West or East, you could use the day to explore the other. If you fancy having a look round independently, the university has an app called Visit UoY which offers various self-guided tours, including tours for undergraduates, a tour of accommodation, and a tour of the city of York.
Typically, your department talks and Q&A sessions will take place in your department’s building – for example, Social Policy and Social Work visit days have previously been held in the new Church Lane Building. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for where you’ll be studying if you come to the University of York. This will help you decide whether York is somewhere you can see yourself studying and attending lectures, seminars, or other teaching activities on your course.
Top Tip 4: make the most of any refreshments on offer!
Usually, departments will provide free tea, coffee, and cake for attendees and their guests. So grab a much-needed snack if you’ve travelled far, or warm up with a hot drink depending on the Great British weather!
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