Why attend a university fair?

In our first blog post “5 steps to choosing the right university for you”, step 3 highlighted the importance of visiting a university fair. In this post, we will explain in more detail, the reasons why it is important to attend for both students and parents alike.

The aim of a university fair such as NAJAH Abu Dhabi is to give students the opportunity to start having conversations about their next steps and to leave with a clearer picture of what their next steps should be.  We recommend all students in grades 10 – 12 who are considering Higher Education visit a university fair, read on to find out the reasons why!


University fairs are a rare opportunity to meet with representatives from many different universities, campuses and countries in a short period of time. You can get all your questions answered on the spot in an informal environment. It’s also a great opportunity to meet with current or former students so you can get a first-hand student experience.

At NAJAH Abu Dhabi, you can expect to meet over 160 institutions from 16 different countries! We have country pavilions with universities from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, Lebanon and Malaysia. 

At a university fair, you have the opportunity to meet with admissions staff, have informal discussions and fill in any gaps in the information you’ve found online. It’s also a great way to get a better feel of the institution and receive advice on what you need to do next. If you find a university you’re interested in, you can exchange contact details for any follow up questions. 

At most university fairs, you will have the opportunity to sit in on a presentation on a variety of topics surrounding university life. NAJAH Abu Dhabi hosts a number of seminars which are aimed to help students find out more about studying in a particular country, or a particular course. Sitting in on a talk can also help you discover totally new options you weren’t considering.

One of the biggest concerns for students is funding – at university fairs, you can find out about scholarships and other funding opportunities which can be exclusive to the event. There are many sources of funding available and financial advice and support universities offer. Don’t forget to ask questions about what’s available to you and how to apply! 

Most universities bring along current and former students to the event so you can get a real insight into student life at the university. These student ambassadors can provide you with advice from their learnings and experiences. Ask them questions about their final year at school, the course they chose at university, what modules they study, why they chose that particular university, student life, accommodation, clubs and societies, the list goes on and on!