6 Important Questions to Ask at an Open House
Here are some questions to consider while you explore the schools that interest you.
Choosing a college or university is an important decision, especially when looking outside of your home country. Open house and campus day events can help you become familiar with the schools you are interested in and learn about resources, services, student life, and more.
With open houses and campus days right around the corner, these six questions will help you find the perfect school!
1. How much will it cost?
Your finances are the most important thing to consider. When researching costs at universities and colleges, it is important to think about not only the cost of tuition, but also course materials and living in a foreign country. Admission websites will highlight international fees per term which can help you think about financing your degree.
There are opportunities for financial assistance through scholarships and bursaries. For example, York University offers a variety of international student funding, some require an application. Before getting an offer of admission to York, you can start applying for scholarships to help you map out how your first year will look ahead of time.
2. What program should I take?
Many students are worried about choosing a program that they do not enjoy. Be mindful that you always have the choice to change majors or to add a minor to your degree at some institutions, which allows you to study two subjects of interest at the same time.
Your path to a career after graduation may change and you can end up in a variety of different professions. So, research the jobs you will be able to get with your degree of choice, explore your options, and be open to possibilities. Get inspired by hearing from a York student who found her passion during her studies.
3. What supports are available?
There are services in place to support you throughout your studies. You can discover and explore a variety of resources such as academic, health and wellness, campus security, and more at your preferred institutions.
4. What is the city like?
Choosing the city you will be calling home during your studies is an essential part of your success. Moving from your home country is a big step, but you may find pieces of home in your new city through communities, cuisine, and more.
Apart from feeling at home in your new city, safety should be a priority. How safe is the city and region your campus is in and how safe is the campus itself? Researching this information will help you make an informed decision. Once you choose your school, you will still need to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings to ensure your safety.
5. Are there other international students at this university?
When you travel to a country like Canada for your education, you will meet students from around the world. Living in a new city, you will experience various cultures, and many will be different from your own which will make your experience more diverse. For example, the York University community has thousands of international students from 175+ countries.
6. How can I get involved on campus and in the community?
Getting involved gives you a glimpse of working in Canada is like, and helps you develop universal communication skills. Participating in events or various activities outside of the classroom provides opportunities for you to make friends, find jobs, and positively impact your mental health. These can also help you gain transferable skills to apply to your academic and professional journey.
With these tips in mind, you will be ready for open houses, campus days, and finding your perfect school! Remember, don't be afraid to ask questions — now is your opportunity to create positive change in the future! How will you make an impact? Start your journey by registering for York University's Virtual International Fall Open House event.
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