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New, first-year students may find themselves slightly alarmed by the huge, confusing space of the institution. This is why the first academic year begins with Orientation.

What is Orientation about?

Orientation is compulsory for all first-year students coming into the Faculty, and it's the lifeline that will introduce students to the campus and the life of the university, and will start to guide then through course choices and the registration process.

The Faculty of Humanities runs two four-day Orientation programmes in the weeks before Registration. Every new first-year student must attend one of the programmes in full. The programme includes sessions on:

  • choosing courses and structuring a degree,
  • the registration process,
  • computer lab orientation,
  • safety
  • the many services and societies available to students.

Each student is assigned to a small group of fellow students led by an Orientation Leader, a senior student who will provide a campus and library tour, and act as a guide through the Humanities Orientation process.

When does Orientation take place?

The main part of Orientation takes place in the week before registration, a couple of weeks before the start of lectures. Students are required to sign up for a specific Orientation programme; their choice of programme will usually depend on whether they are a local student or live outside Cape Town. 

  Orientation dates 2019 For whom
Programme 1 Monday 21st January to Thursday 24th January 2019 Cape Town residents
Programme 2 Tuesday 29th January to Friday 1st February 2019

Out-of-town students, and overflow of local students from Programme 1

Students should arrive on the Plaza in front of  Memorial Hall (the big central building with the white pillars) by 8.45am on the day of orientation; they will be guided to the venues by orientation leaders. Look for the OLs in blue T-shirts, usually making a lot of enthusiastic noise!

Who attends Orientation?

Orientation is compulsory for all first-year students who are entering UCT for the first time:

  • You do NOT need to attend Orientation if you are moving into the Faculty of Humanities from another faculty at UCT.
  • If you are transferring to UCT after a year or more at another university, you will probably have attended Orientation at your previous institution. You will find some aspects of Orientation in Humanities at UCT useful, especially the campus tours and course design sessions, but you may find that other sessions are unnecessary as you are already an experienced student.
  • If for some reason you have a disaster (with travel, illness, etc) and miss the Orientation sessions, please monitor the Humanities website for details of the late orientation catch-up sessions we run just before the start of term, and for the ongoing Orientation sessions throughout the semester.



Download the Humanities Student Guide 2018 for first-year students containing information about your academics, how to construct your curriculum, Faculty resources and support and so much more!