Thinking about applying for uni?
Think carefully. Where and what you choose to study could be a life-shaping decision.
And with the average UK degree costing around £30k, university is a big financial investment for anyone.
So if you’re thinking about applying to a particular university, it makes sense to get a proper feel for the place.
Of course, you can find out a lot of stuff on the internet – via university websites and so on. Available courses, graduate employment stats, academic reputation and ranking.
You might even root out some reviews from current and former students.
But there’s other, less obvious stuff that can help you choose the right university.
What’s the accommodation like? What facilities are on campus? And how about the surrounding area – shops, nightlife and so on?
What are the tutors like? What format do tutorials and lectures take? There are loads of things that could influence whether you’d be happy there.
One way to get a feel for these things is to visit an open day. Every uni has them, and they’re a great chance to scope a place out.
You might get the chance to talk to tutors and current under-grads, and pick their brains about life on campus.
After visiting Bangor, Amy applied to study German and French at the university.
“We decided to come for an open day and I’ve never looked back.
“Something just clicked when I actually visited, and I knew this would be somewhere where I would be happy to spend four years of my life.”
We’ve got two universities in North Wales – Bangor, and Glyndwr in Wrexham.
Bangor is the top-ranked university in Wales when it comes to student satisfaction, while 95.4% of students at Glyndwr go on to employment or further study.
But that’s just the tale-of the-tape, so to speak.
If you’re thinking about applying to either establishment – or any other university in the UK – get yourself along to an open day.
Where you choose to study could be one of the most important decisions of your life.
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