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Registration and orientation for first years

The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE)  welcomes our new first-year students.

This year you will be experiencing campus a little differently. The 2022 orientation programme is being finalised. It will be a combination of face-to-face activities in your departments and online. The start date is 1 February 2022 where you will be welcomed to the university and the faculty and be assisted with registration.  All successful applicants will receive details on how to access the programme. There will be orientation leaders to assist you, and you will be introduced to your mentor.

Please note that all EBE students must be in Cape Town from the start of the first semester. Departments will be conducting low density, physically distanced, contact teaching. 

If you are unable to travel to Cape Town you can apply to have your offer rolled-over to 2023. You will need to send an email to Gita.Valodia@uct.ac.za.


All first-year students will be sent an email directing them to PeoplSoft where they will be able to register from 1 February 2022.


Orientation introduces you to the faculty and your departments and gives you an idea of what to expect during your first year.
You will meet the head of the department and the staff and get an idea of what will be expected of you during the year.

You will be introduced to the various support services on campus, as well as the different societies and sports clubs.

Take a 360 degree Virtual Tour of EBE!

This tour, produced by UCT's Alireza Moghayedi using the web-based platform Ocurus, is a self-guided tour of various sites around the EBE footprint. Much like the street view on Google Maps, you can enjoy a 360º view and navigate to the next stage when you are ready. Note that you can use your VR goggles or cardboard to have a better 360 tour experience. If you use a VR Ready phone or tablet, you can activate 'device orientation' from the settings icon on the top right corner of the screen.


International students


A comprehensive step-by-step guide for pre-registration is available online here.

Visit Before you arrive to see what you need to do before arriving at UCT.


The university residences for first-years will the weekend before orientation starts.

Parents' Orientation

The  Parents' Orientation programme introduces parents to UCT, student life, the online teaching and academic learning programme, introduction to the faculty by the Dean.


First day of lectures for first-year students

Monday 14 February 2022

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