University rep visits are a vital opportunity for students - especially when they're hoping to travel abroad for university.
The university research process can feel a bit impersonal when your students' potential destinations are based in another country! It's not always feasible for students to travel to each university's open day and recruitment events - especially since the outbreak of COVID-19.
So it's important that your students are given the chance to get to know the personalities of the universities they are considering, and to ask questions that will help them make an informed decision.
Many of the counselors we work with try to invite universities from a wide variety of specialities and locations to their school campus or to host virtual events in order to showcase the diversity of possible post-secondary opportunities available to their students.
However, they often face a number of challenges. These can include:
- Ensuring that the university reps they host reflect the interests and ambitions of current students
- Finding university admissions contacts, especially if they are new to counseling or moving to a new school
- Managing the admin of scheduling university visits
- Raising awareness of visits with students and parents
These challenges have only been made greater by the events of 2020. COVID-19 has disrupted the recruitment strategies of universities worldwide, and in-person rep visits to some international schools remain out of the question.
This has forced both schools and universities to move towards online channels in order to coordinate school visits that will fully benefit students.
But having been forced to adapt to online and remote learning, students are understandably suffering from what is now known as ‘Zoom fatigue’. The volume of online lessons, talks and university fairs is such that your students may be switching off.
So, in this article, we’re going to give you a tour of our BridgeU’s University Connect feature.
We'll give you a refresher on how it works, and show you how to use it to organise university visits that are personalised and relevant to the ambitions and interests of your students.