6 Important Questions to Ask at an Open House

By York University Modified on November 30, 2022
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Discover important questions to consider when exploring the schools that interest you.

6 Important Questions to Ask at an Open House

Choosing a college or university is an important decision, especially when looking outside of your home country. An open house event or a campus day helps you become familiar with the campuses you are interested in and learn about resources, discover services, explore student life, and more.

With open houses and campus days right around the corner, these six questions will help you find the perfect institution!

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 such as textbooks and living in a foreign country. Admission websites will highlight domestic and 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 which require an application.

2. What program should I take?

Many students are worried about choosing a program they do not enjoy. Be mindful that you always have the choice to change majors or to add a minor to your degree and study two subjects of interest at some institutions.

Your path to a career after graduation may change and you can end up in a variety of different professions. Research what jobs you will be able to get with your degree of choice, explore your options, and be open to possibilities.

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 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. You will need to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings on any campus.

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 several cultures, and many will be different from your own — making your experience more diverse. For example, at York University, our community has thousands of international students from 170+ countries.

6. How can I get involved on campus and in the community?

Getting involved gives a glimpse of work experience in Canada, and helps you develop intercultural communication skills. Getting involved helps you make friends, find jobs and benefits your mental health. Activities outside of studying will 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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