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Whether you're fresh from school, looking to up-skill or planning a complete career change, you've probably spent some time researching the many courses on offer at universities around Brisbane. July and August offer opportunities to visit these campuses and talk to the experts about what you want at a series of university open days.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is holding an open night at its Brisbane campus (1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo) on Wednesday 20 July from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Each faculty will provide interactive course displays throughout the night, as well as presentations on specific courses of interest, including their new Exercise Science and Physiotherapy programs. The full program, map and details of public transport options are available on their website.

ACU Brisbane Campus
ACU Brisbane Campus at Banyo

At the Gold Coast, Bond University (University Drive, Robina) is promoting a vibrant open day with presentations, activities and tours, as well complimentary food, coffee and entertainment. Guided campus tours will depart from the Information Centre every 15 minutes. Their program runs from 10.00am to 3.00pm on Sunday 24 July and is absolutely packed with parallel sessions in Business, Sustainable Development & Architecture, Health Sciences & Medicine, Humanities & Social Sciences and Law. Public transport to Robina is available, but if you're going by car, they recommend car parks PG1 or PG2. Full details of the Bond Open Day are available here.

Bond University
Bond University, Gold Coast

CQUniversity Noosa (90 Goodchap Street, Noosaville) offers both a Bachelor and a Master of Learning Management as well as a Bachelor of Nursing. Their Open Day is on Sunday 7 August from 10.00am to 2.00pm. A full program will be available on their website from 18 July.

CQU Noosa Campus
CQU Noosa Campus

Queensland University of Technology is holding two open days. Kelvin Grove campus (Victoria Park Road) is open from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday 31 July and will feature a series of short talks and tours across all subject areas including creative industries and health. There's an iPad 2 for one lucky winner, but for everyone else there are freebies, live entertainment, popcorn and fairy floss. In addition to public transport and free parking, they are offering a free shuttle bus from the Gardens Point campus in the city. The Caboolture campus (Manley & Tallon Streets) is hosting visitors on Sunday 21 August from 9am to 2pm. The program is smaller, but features information about courses in nursing, creative industries, education and business as well as useful advice for school leavers and mature age students. Further details are available online.

QUT Creative Industries Precinct
QUT Creative Industries Precinct

University of Queensland has also decided to host separate open days at different campuses. The St Lucia (Sir Fred Schonell Drive) open day, from 9am to 3pm on Sunday 7 August, will feature programs offered across all UQ campuses and live entertainment. Their advice sessions are wide-ranging, including information for year 10 students on senior subject selection and tips for the first in the family to go to uni. There are quizzes, microscopes, crime scene investigations, make-your-own slime and museum tours. Don't miss the Physics Demo Troupe show, with liquid nitrogen and fireballs. Both the Gatton and Ipswich campus open days will showcase the courses delivered there. The Gatton campus (Warrego Highway) is open on Sunday 21 August between 9.30am and 3.00pm. Ipswich (11 Salisbury Road) is open 2.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 24 August. Full details and a targeted itinerary builder are on their website.

UQ Ipswich Campus
UQ Ipswich Campus

On Sunday 14 August, Griffith University is hosting open days at Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses between 9am and 2pm. Their website features an itinerary builder so you can search for booths, sessions or activities in your areas of interest and piece together a plan for your day. While most faculties and centres will have an information stand at all three venues, the information sessions are more customised, so choose carefully. Parking is free at Gold Coast (Parklands Drive, Southport), and Nathan (170 Kessels Road) campuses for the day and public transport is available to South Bank (Grey Street) also. In addition to the live entertainment and international food fair, there's an iPad 2 up for grabs at each campus. Check out the full programs here.

Griffith University South Bank
Griffith University South Bank

University of the Sunshine Coast (Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs) has picked the same date for their open day, 14 August from 10am to 3pm. In addition to the talks and tours, they're offering a one-hour Indonesian language course and performances by the World Champion Silat Indonesian Martial Arts Team. The full program is available on their website and they're also offering email updates for those who can't make it (perhaps because they're at the Griffith Open Day).

University of the Sunshine Coast
University of the Sunshine Coast

University of Southern Queensland may be best known for their history of excellent distance learning courses, but their open days will feature all of their courses offered internally, externally, via distance education and online. At the Toowoomba campus (West Street) open day, from 10am until 3pm on Sunday 21 August, you can find out about their degrees in arts, business and law, engineering and surveying and the sciences. The Springfield campus (Sinnathamby Boulevard) open day also includes sessions from the education faculty and television studio tours. It's happening from 10am until 2pm on Sunday 28 August. Both days feature Funland activities for children but the sessions are different, so make sure you check the program online.

USQ Toowoomba
USQ Toowoomba
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Why? To figure out where to study and collect freebies
When: July and August 2011
Where: Various university campuses in or near Brisbane
Cost: Free
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