What is Orientation?

Orientation is a series of events and activities designed to help you as a first-year student explore all that awaits you at university. You will meet people, find out about resources on campus, learn how to find your way around campus and have some fun too. However, Orientation is more than just a single day or week of activities. It’s about our commitment to help you, as a new student, explore opportunities for involvement on campus and successfully connect to your new community.

Do I have to attend Orientation?

No, it’s not mandatory, but it’s highly recommended for all new undergraduate students. It really will help smooth the transition to university. You’ll meet people, get to know the campus, and get involved in some fun activities. It’s definitely a good idea.

Why should I attend Orientation?

Orientation is designed to assist students in making the transition to UCT, and has something to offer to incoming students, whether this is your first university experience directly from high school, you are transferring from another institution, or you are coming to university later in your life. During Orientation, you will receive essential information about your degree and student life.

What is International Orientation?

For further information, visit the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) website.

What is Parent Orientation?

For more information, visit the Parent Orientation page.

Should I still attend Orientation if I’ve already talked with my academic advisor?

Yes! Your advisor addresses the issues to get you registered for classes. Orientation is the next step. Orientation assists students in the transition from high school to university.

How and when do I register for classes?

Registration is carried out by the respective faculty. Your faculty will provide detailed information by email.

I declared my majors already but I want to change them. How do I do that?
You can contact the faculty or an academic advisor and speak to them about changing majors.

When do I get my parking disk?

Unfortunately, first-year students are not allowed to park on campus. We advise students to use the UCT Shuttle. These are buses which operate between all residences, campuses and public bus, train and parking facilities in the vicinity. They are free to use for all UCT registered students.