It is usually possible to change your course registrations after the registration period, within the first few weeks of the semester in which the course starts. Depending on how early in the term you make the change, you may pay fee penalties.
2018 course change deadlines:
First Semester Courses (F)
23 February 2018: deadline to add a course or drop one without penalty 9 March 2018: deadline to drop a course and pay half the fee. 29 March 2018: last day to have a course removed from your transcript, no fee refund. 29 March 2018: deadline to have course marked INC, Incomplete, instead of DRP or a fail
Second Semester Courses (S)
27 July 2018: deadline to add a course or drop one without penalty 10 August 2018: deadline to drop a course and pay half the fee. 31 August 2018: last day to have a course removed from your transcript, no fee refund. 31 August 2018: deadline to have a course marked INC, Incomplete, instead of DPR or a fail.
Whole Year Courses (W or H)
23 February 2018: deadline to drop or add course without penalty 27 June 2018: deadline to drop a course and pay half the fee. 3 August 2018: last day to have a course removed from your transcript, no fee refund. 3 August 2018: deadline to have a course marked INC, Incomplete, instead of DPR or a fail.
After the above deadlines you may not drop a course from your transcript.
To activate the INC code, signifying that you have dropped a course after the final date for removing it from your record, you need to fill in a change of curriculum form and have it signed by a curriculum advisor, as for an add or drop.
Please note that you may NOT add a course to your record after the first week of the course, unless you are doing so to correct a registration error and your course convenor can attest that you have been attending the course from the start of the semester.
Procedure for changing curriculum:
Print out your unofficial transcript from Peoplesoft. This must be done on the same day that you go for Curriculum Advice - an old version is often out of date.
Collect a change of curriculum form from the Humanities info desk, or print it out, and fill in your details.
If you are studying for a General BA or BSoc Sci, take your transcript to a curriculum advisor to check whether the changes you want to make work within your degree structure. A curriculum advisor must sign your form. If you are a Structured Degree programme student, take your transcript to your programme convenor: they must check and sign it.
Submit your form to the Humanities reception desk, located in the Beattie Building.
Faculty of Humanities
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3