A virtual education fair gives prospective students the opportunity to speak to a number of universities and higher education institutes. So, how can you make the most of this opportunity?
In another article, we gave our top 3 tips to help students get the most out of educations.com’s Global Study Abroad Fair. This article will focus specifically on suggested questions you can ask university representatives at a virtual fair.
1. Questions based on your research on the university website
Before attending the fair, you should do your research on the universities that will be at the fair. This is so that you can make the most of your time with university representatives – and not ask questions that are already answered on the university website.
If you see something of particular interest about the university or its programs, you can ask the university representatives to elaborate on it. You can also ask questions to clarify your understanding of certain information if something doesn’t make sense.
This will show that you have done your homework in researching the university and their programs. It will also make you stand out as a potential candidate for the university programs.
2. Questions on what the university looks for in prospective students
You can look up the admission requirements for your program of interest before the fair. When you then attend the affair, you can ask the university recruiters what else they are looking for in addition to the admission criteria. Find out how you can excel in your application to the university programs.
Bonus tip: Be prepared to talk about your study abroad goals and motivations – you want to show university recruiters that you’re a serious and motivated candidate. By getting to know you, the admissions representative will be able to see whether and how you can add value to their classrooms. You will also get an idea of whether the program is a good fit for your study and career plans.
3. Questions on career prospects after graduation
Most universities would have a careers service that helps prepare students for working life after graduation. At the fair, you would have the opportunity to ask university representatives about the post-study experiences of their alumni.
You can ask which fields graduates from your program of interest typically end up in, and whether the university offers career services and/or networking opportunities that help graduates get into their targeted field.
If you are interested in working in the study abroad destination country after graduation, you can ask about career opportunities in that country and whether there is a post-graduation employment route for international students.
4. Questions on international students’ experience
At the fair, you may be able to meet international student ambassadors and alumni from different universities. Take the opportunity to get first-hand information about their study abroad experiences.
Questions you may ask include why they chose to study in that university or country, how welcome they felt and how long did it take for them to adjust to any cultural differences.
You may also want to ask what they think of the university now that they are studying (or have studied) there, and what – in their opinion – makes their study abroad experience at that school special.
After the fair
After you’ve spoken to the university representatives, ask for their contact information. You can then email them after the fair to thank them for their time and information. Reiterate your interest in their university and program and let them know you’d like to stay in touch throughout the application process. Having and maintaining this point of contact could help make your application process to the university program smoother.
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