What's on at Open Day

Stalls at Open Day

Explore campus life, meet our academics and students, get advice about your study options, attend mini lectures and get a taste of all the fun things uni has to offer. There's so much to do that you really can creat your own adventure.

Get advice

Course advice centres

All day, Great Hall, MacLaurin Hall and New Law Foyer
Got questions about life and study at university? Our academics and students have the answers. You'll find them at the course advice centres.

Meet your support network

All day, the Quadrangle
Whether it's finding a place to live, learning about career options, getting assistance if you have a disability, talking to someone if times get tough, or just making the most of uni life, we're here to support you. Visit the stalls inside the Quadrangle to meet our friendly student support staff and find out about the many services available to you.

Get career centred

All day, the Quadrangle
Wondering what career options you'll have after graduation? Our Careers Centre staff will be on hand at the Careers Centre and postgraduate study stall inside the Quadrangle to give you all the advice you need.

Thinking about postgraduate study?

Whether you're interested in improving your career options, specialising in a particular field, professional development or personal interest, come and speak with current postgraduate students at the Careers Centre and postgraduate study stall in the Quadrangle to learn about your options.

Compass Year 11 Thinking Ahead Workshop

1 - 2.30pm
New Law Building Annex, Seminar Room 102

Want to know how to write a successful university scholarship application? Attend this workshop and learn how. Limited spaces available. Find out more about compass program.


All day, MacLaurin Hall
Learn about the new Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences programs for first-year students.

Mentoring Program – connect with our fabulous current student mentors and get tips on how to navigate your first year.

ArtSS Career Ready – get a head-start preparing for your future through the new career planning and placement program.

Early Offer Year 12 Scheme (E12)

10.30 - 11am
Chemistry Building, Lecture Theatre 3

Find out all you need to know about E12 before you attend one of the day's workshops!

Are you eligible to apply? Find out more about E12 and scholarships.

E12 Promote Yourself Workshop

11am - 1pm and 1 - 3pm
New Law Building Annex, Seminar Rooms 115 and 117

This workshop will provide you with persuasive writing skills for your E12 application. We know writing about yourself can be tricky, so come along and learn some tips and tricks to be more competitive. Limited spaces available.

E12 and Cadigal Pathways Individual Consultations

11am - 4pm (sessions run on the half hour)
New Law Building Annex, Lecture Theatre 106

Work one on one with a tutor to refine your draft E12 and/or Cadigal applications in a 20-minute session.

Action-packed activities

Young Scientist Paper Plane Challenge

Paper plane competition

10am - 3pm, Arena Square

Come and meet the ‘paper pilots’. Paper Plane World Champions and the inspiration behind the 2014 Australian film Paper Planes, Dylan Parker and James Norton, will be on campus to support competing students.

To find out how to enter, visit paperplanes.youngscientist.com.au.

‘Don’t just watch, participate!’

students playing instructments

9am and 1pm, Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (City Campus)

Bring your instrument and join in the fun. This is your opportunity to be a student of the Con and play in our wind symphony, early music ensemble or choir performances.

Music scores and parts are available for download at sydney.edu.au/music/open-day.

Find out how to get to Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Find your perfect match – Studio Speed Dating

Colour run

11am - 1pm, The Hub, Building 21, Sydney College of the Arts

Find your perfect discipline match at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA).

Take an escorted tour through the studios and workshops supporting Painting, Photomedia, Printmedia, Screen Arts, Sculpture and Jewellery and Object. While spending up to 20 minutes getting ‘up close and personal’ with each discipline, visitors will meet and talk to current students and many practicing artists who are teaching at the University’s school of contemporary art.

Find out how to get to Sydney College of the Arts.

Sydney Natural Sciences Interactive Hub

Science award model

All day, Eastern Avenue

Take a journey into the fascinating world of science! Do hands-on science activities like using a telescope, creating exothermic reactions or extracting DNA; and meet academics and PhD students who’ll share what they are discovering about the world around us.

Don’t forget to check out the array of original models and inventions students have entered in the STANSW Young Scientist Awards that will be on display in the Sydney Natural Sciences Interactive Hub.

Visit the Young Scientist Awards website to learn more.

Sydney Health Hub

Smoothie bikes

All day, Eastern Avenue

Thinking about a rewarding career in health care? Visit our one-stop health hub in the New Law Foyer where you'll discover the largest range of study options in health, including health sciences (allied health and sports sciences), nursing, medicine, public health, pharmacy and

Get a healthy start to uni life. Meet our staff, students and graduates working in healthcare. From physical activities to health tests, pedal-powered smoothies and table tennis, you’ll discover how you can make a difference with a degree in health.

Moot Demonstration

Moot demonstration at Open Day

11am - 12pm, New Law Building Annex, Moot Court

Our student have just won the most famous moot, the Jessup International Law Moot in Washington. It is our fourth victory – equalling the world record for most law school wins.

Watch a team from Sydney University Law Society in action as they demonstrate mooting and introduce the key elements of drafting a brief and presenting an oral argument. The moot will be judged by a panel that features the Sydney Law School Dean, Professor Joellen Riley.

Engineering and Information Technologies

Engineering precinct

All day, Eastern Avenue

  • Sit behind the wheel of the student-designed and built FSAE racing car.
  • Become a civil engineer and build your own bridge.

All day, Engineering and IT precinct

  • See the University-built, six-wheeled, all-terrain NASA Mars Rover-style vehicles.
  • Be your own myth buster and feel what it’s like to stand in quicksand at the geomechanical activity.
  • Talk to students from the Sydney Lunabotics team and see the robot they took to the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition.
  • Using a Microsoft Kinect, find out how gesture and facial recognition will be the future of computer interaction.
  • Chat with current students involved in Engineers Without Borders, the
    Advanced Engineering program, and our many student societies.
  • Test your molecular gastronomy skills by helping our students make ice-cream using liquid nitrogen.
  • See our new robots on the lawn and in the labs, including the Ladybird and Baxter – our new humanoid robot who is brand new to Australia.
  • Learn how to design an electrical stimulator that can help with the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury and MS sufferers.
  • Join us for a free BBQ lunch on the Engineering lawns from 12.30 to 2pm.

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

  • Explore our impressive digital fabrication and robotics facilities, and see our showcase of 2D and 3D student work.
    All day, Wilkinson Building
  • Have fun with our interactive robot games, where you can race a robot through a skills challenge.
  • See the Portraits of Practice: At Work in Architecture exhibition in the Tin Sheds Gallery.
  • Join us for a free BBQ lunch and entertainment by the Sydney University Design Association from 12 to 2pm.
Student interacting with digital screen

Research Bites – Young researcher talks and Q&A panel

3 minutes thesis

The breakthroughs in knowledge our young researchers uncover make a real difference to our understanding of today’s and tomorrow’s world and how we live in it. Come and listen to these bite-sized presentations and learn more about their pioneering work across a range of disciplines, followed by a panel discussion where they will share their insights and experiences on what it’s really like to do a PhD. These talks will include the University finals for the Three Minute Thesis competition.

United States Studies Centre graduation

1 - 2pm
New Law Building Annex, Law Lounge

Join us as we celebrate the students who completed the United States Studies Centre high school course, America: Prophecy, Power, Politics in Semester One. Stick around afterwards for 'The Future of America' debating competition final.

2015 Debating Compeition Final

2 - 3pm
New Law Building Annex, Law Lounge

Watch two schools compete in the United States Studies Centre debating final (topic: 'The Future of America'), to win three 16GB iPads for their schools. Academic experts from the United States Studies Centre will judge the debate.