What prospective students can expect at the DCU Virtual Open Day this month

Matthew Joyce

Details of Dublin City University’s first Virtual Open Day of the 2020-21 academic year have been released. The two-day event is due to take place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November. 

This is the first of three Open Days, with the next two due to take place in April 2021.

These Open Days are virtual once again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with prospective students now going online to get information about their potential third-level course.

Prospective students can expect course information sessions and career focus sessions, a virtual campus tour, and online Q&A sessions, according to DCU’s Student Recruitment website. There will also be information about student life, including clubs and societies.

Information regarding academic and sports scholarships, and the HEAR and DARE access schemes will also be available.

Sinead McCrohan of DCU Student Recruitment said that the virtual open days “have been designed to give students an overall feel for everything that DCU has to offer” and that “there will be something for everyone.”

Parents and guardians will also be able to take part, with information sessions on how they should approach their child’s path to third-level education.

The website also included details of a first-year student panel discussion to provide information and advice to prospective students regarding learning during a pandemic, which has been described as a “don’t miss” event by The Irish Times.

Asked on how the Open Days are being organised, McCrohan said it will be fully conducted on Zoom, where there will be “various channels that you can tune into depending on what you want information on.”

She also said, “once you have joined a stream you’ll be able to ask questions through the chat function.”

McCrohan added that despite attendees not being able to go on campus, all of the sessions will be recorded “so even if you can’t make it on the day, we’ll make sure to get the information to you.”

McCrohan also gave some tips on how attendees can make the most out of the Open Days. She recommended to look at the schedule when it’s released, and “if you have an idea of what talks you might like to attend… it’ll make it easier for you to know where to be and at what time to be there.”

Those who are interested can register on the DCU website, where the Open Days will start on Friday 20th November.

Matthew Joyce

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