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Why Oxbridge Open Days are so important

An opportunity not to be missed…

As a company offering expert university preparation programmes for students aiming for Oxford and Cambridge, we recognise the importance of Open Days. In fact, these important events also complement our programmes – by initially introducing potential students to life at these elite universities.

Firstly, it’s useful to know that Oxford and Cambridge run their Open Days slightly differently. Oxford tends to hold more faculty-based events, while Cambridge’s are more college based.

However, both universities hold general Open Days (during the summer and early autumn) which means students (and their parents, carers or teachers) can just turn up and visit most of the colleges. Registering beforehand means receiving more information and guidance – although it’s not strictly necessary. Both universities are happy for people to come along as and when they choose during these events (some tours require tickets).

At Oxford, the 2018 Open Days take place on Wednesday 27 June, Thursday 28 June and Friday 14 September. The days typically include course talks, sample lectures, demonstration interviews, practical taster sessions, talks for parents and carers, and opportunities to meet students and tutors. There’s also an Open Day Information Centre with stands representing student services, admissions advice and general information talks on vital topics such as student finances and careers. In addition, most colleges show you around student rooms as part of their tours and provide key information about the types of accommodation they offer.

Meanwhile, The University of Cambridge and its Colleges will be opening their doors for Open Days on Thursday 5 July and Friday 6 July. Their official website states that “these events are for prospective applicants in Year 12 (or the equivalent) and prospective mature applicants (aged 21 or over) only, together with up to two parents or supporters. On the day you’ll be able to find out what the University and Colleges have to offer through presentations about our courses, the application process, student life, and finance. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to current undergraduates and staff from the Colleges and academic departments.”

Further advice from Cambridge adds that the Admissions Tutor will usually introduce the College and students are shown around the grounds and facilities, probably by some of the current students. Then the Directors of Studies will discuss the University’s courses and the College supervision system, and outline any specific admissions requirements that the College might have.

Here at Varsity Education, we really hope that you enjoy your chosen Open Day. It’s a truly fabulous way of getting a taste for Oxbridge life. However, this is just the first step of an academic journey – our specialist programmes can take you further towards your ultimate goal by offering a genuine student life experience at either Oxford or Cambridge.

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