Open Days

Our next Open Day will take place on Saturday 6 October 2018. We warmly welcome you, your parents, carers and teachers to meet our staff as well as students for a taste of Abertay experience. Book your place now.

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1: On The Day - What to expect when you get here

Expect it to be jam-packed, fun and full-on. There’s a lot to fit in but you’ll definitely want to go to a course talk, tour the facilities for the subject(s) you’re interested in, speak to tutors and current students, and check out the accommodation.

Then there’s finding out about finance, UCAS and applying to Abertay. If that wasn’t enough, try to explore Dundee a little while you’re here. The new V&A Museum of Design opens in 2018 - the crown in the the £1 billion Waterfront development, the independent shops, pubs and restaurants in Dundee’s buzzy West End and blue flag Broughty Ferry beach (complete with resident dolphins) on our doorstep.

On Arrival

As soon as you arrive, make your way to the reception of the Kydd building on campus in West Bell Street. Here, you’ll register and collect a Welcome pack and programme.

Photos and Videos

We’ll have a photographer and various members of our staff taking camera phone film clips on the day so we can capture the event for educational and promotional purposes. Copyright of all images rests with Abertay University.

2: FAQs - Your questions answered

I’m not sure what I want to study?

Don’t worry if you’re thinking that could be anything from law to engineering and everything in between. For many people Open Days are about narrowing down what you want to study. That’s why going to course sessions is valuable. If you find yourself nodding off, it’s not our lecturers, it’s more than likely just not the course for you. You’ll get a feel for what subject is right for you by speaking to our tutors and current students who have been there, done it and got the T-shirt.
We do ask you to choose a subject when you book a place for Open Day but you won’t be held to it on the day.

Should I come alone, bring my parents or a friend?

Yes, yes and yes to all three. It’s up to you. Lots of parents are understandably interested and want to be involved. Lots of students turn up with family or a friend and just as many come alone.

Do I have to be intending to join University next year?

No you don’t. Lots of people have just started Year 5 or 6 at school. Others are studying an HNC or HND and thinking of progressing to University. We also get younger school students and plenty mature students too. It’s a good mix and everyone is welcome.

Will it take all day?

Undergraduate Open Days typically start at 10am and finish at 3pm. There’s a lot to fit in, especially if you’ve not seen much of Dundee before (or visited at all). Although you don’t have to be here the whole time, most visitors stay with us 4-5 hours. Most general talks, course sessions and tours are repeated on the day so you can fit them in.

What should I wear?

It’s not an interview, come casual and comfy.

Do I have to come to an Open Day?

No-one’s going to force you but we’ve been doing this long enough to know attending is a really good idea. If you’re not sure which subject area or which course to study, speaking to tutors and current students will help you narrow down your choices. And if you do know what you want to study then coming along gives you a chance to see whether or not Abertay is a good fit for you - whether you can picture yourself fitting in and what your inner voice is telling you.

3: The Programme

We'll be finalising rooms and activities, which will be published here closer to the day. Everything will also be on our Abertay Open Day Guidebook app. Again, details of how to download the app will appear here soon.

The day's events will include:

  • Subject specific talks
  • Tours of the campus and facilities
  • Questions answered by lecturers and current students
  • Talks about finance, UCAS applications
  • Questions answered by Admissions staff about entry requirements
  • Tours of student residences

4: Accommodation - Information about our University residences

Students new to Dundee are our top priority for getting a room in our University residences for their first year of study. We need to know you’ll definitely be studying with us before we offer you a place so if you make Abertay your ‘firm’ you can apply.

During Open Days, you’ll be able to find out about the range of accommodation available, talk to our expert Residences staff and take a tour of the halls on view.

Learn more about our accommodation options

Outside of Parker House

5: How To Get Here - Making your way to Abertay

Find out how to find your way to our campus here.

6: Can't Make an Open Day? Don't worry, we can help

It’s not always easy to make an Open Day – work, life and distance can all get in the way. We have other ways you can visit.

Campus Visits

If you can't make it to an Open Day you can attend one of our regular guided campus visits where our student ambassadors will be happy to show you around and answer your questions about life at Abertay. Campus visits are pre-arranged tours of the campus which take place throughout the year. A tour lasts approximately forty-five minutes and includes all the main facilities on campus, but not visits to individual departments or halls of residence.

Book a Campus Visit.

Applicant Days

Come to one of our Applicant Days. These are events for students holding offers from our University. Although they’re for students who have applied to join us in September, we have no objection to your coming along if you’re unable to make an Open Day and are considering starting University later.

They typically introduce you to the school, staff and academics as well as giving you a great opportunity to meet students who may be on your course.

Applicant Day dates for 2018 are 21 March and 14 April 2018. 

School & College Group Bookings

If you are a member of staff from a school or college and would like to bring a group of students to one of our Open Days or arrange an alternative date please contact our Student Recruitment team on