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Registration and orientation for first years

First year students entering UCT for the first time to study in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment must participate in the compulsory orientation programme where they will complete their registration.

 The date for the orientation programme for all first-year engineering and built environment students for 2021  will be announced once we know when lockdown will end. 

About orientation

Orientation introduces you to the faculty and your departments and includes registration for all of your courses.
During orientation the head of department will welcome you and you will be introduced to the department. You will be given an information pack including the orientation programme and you will register for all your first year courses. You will also have an opportunity to attend orientation activities that introduce you to the academic, social and cultural environment at UCT. 
Attendance at Orientation is compulsory and students who miss the Orientation programme may have great difficulty in adjusting to life at UCT.


What to bring

Don’t forget your identity book or passport and a pen and notebook.

International students

If you are an international student you will need visit the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) to get clearance for registration. Please take your passport and health insurance documents and be ready to pay your university fees (or show proof of payment if you have already paid). IAPO will be in the Sports Centre on upper campus during the orientation programme.


The university residences date for opening in 2021 will be announced later. 

Parents' Orientation

3 sessions are organised for parents of new students.


What must I do if I am going to be late?

If you miss the meeting on the Plaza, please report to an orientation leader at the helpdesk in the foyer of the New Engineering Building (2nd level). The orientation leaders will take you to your department.

Special permission from the dean is required for late registration and a late registration penalty of up to R 2 000 will be imposed unless exceptional circumstances apply.

First day of lectures for first year students

To be advised.

We look forward to welcoming you as a student in our faculty!