Acknowledging the value of the university campus tour, increasing numbers of higher education providers are investing in high-tech online guides to steer students through their campus ground.
For international students who don’t have the time or money to tour the campus in-person, it’s a real life saver.
Through a 360-degree video and virtual tour guide, the open day is made accessible online at any time. Free to show to family and friends, it’s an immersive experience that removes distance barriers and has the potential to evolve into a shared experience.
But to get the full-throttle of an online campus journey, there are a few tips and tricks to keep up your sleeve:
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— Eastern Florida State College (@EasternFlorida) July 26, 2019
HD is your best friend
There’s nothing worse than a pixelated version of tranquil campus parks and potential study areas.
That’s why HD is your best friend when it comes to the university virtual tour.
Of course, this also depends on the quality of your internet connection, but if you have the chance to switch over to high definition, why not?!
Try not to wander aimlessly
Steering your way through a university’s online tour may seem fun at first, but it’s easy to get distracted.
During the decision-making stages of your future study abroad adventure, it’s good to be efficient with your time management and know precisely what you’re looking for.
Before embarking on the virtual voyage, note down what you hope to see. For instance, if you’re hoping to study law at the university, check out the law buildings and the typical accommodation for law students.
Depending on how technologically advanced the university virtual tour is, it may take over an hour to complete.
Strategise your time and keep a lookout for what’s relevant.
After the tour, seek answers
Even though each university will try to make the virtual tour as detailed as possible, it’s possible that they may have missed out a few crucial details.
While touring, note down any questions that pop into your head. Once finished, type these questions into an email and send them over to a university adviser who should provide an informative response.
After all, tours are built to trigger enquiry and allow you to remotely deep dive into your potential future university. Without the ability to question, how else will you prepare for your arrival?