University tours can be arranged in many different ways. They can be in the form of a general tour of the actual university or a more specific tour within a certain discipline or department. Tours can also be arranged in combination with lectures, film screenings, meetings with scientists/researchers or experiment demonstrations. Tours can be particularly useful for recruitment purposes.
Target group: Broad, flexible.
Preparations: Prepare presentations and venues, organise activities at the venues. Make sure there are researchers present. Inform people that they will have access to a different part or aspect of the university when they attend an open house or a tour.
Challenges: Getting people to attend; many people may have visited the university in the past. Some campuses are located out of town. Organising interesting activities when the visitors are there.
Benefits: Interesting for anyone considering studying at the university; a lot of research takes place at universities and this makes them good venues in which to present current research.