The Immigration Act requires all institutions of higher learning in South Africa to report accurately and keep a record of international students registered for studies at their institution. UCT is therefore obligated to comply with government regulations and ensure that international students are in possession of valid documents for registration at UCT.
All full-time undergraduate, full-time postgraduate, occasional, semester study abroad, modular, affiliated students and postdoctoral fellows are required to pre-register with IAPO before their registration at UCT.
Students/fellows must ensure that they are pre-registered with IAPO before their faculty registration.
Students/fellows are required to present to IAPO the following:
- Their passport with a visa valid for studies at UCT
- Proof of payment of fees or sponsorship (if applicable)
- Proof of medical cover specifying the period of study
ALL pre-registration for undergraduate and postgraduate students will take place in the Sports Centre from Mon 27 February 2017 to Fri 10 March 2017 from 08h00 to 15h30. From 13 March 2017 onwards, pre-registration will again be done at IAPO, Masingene Building, Middle Campus.
Students must please bring the following with them:
- their original passport, plus a copy of the front page of their passport and a copy of their study visa;
- a copy of proof of medical aid cover for the period of study;
- Proof of payment of their fees or, if relevant, a copy of documentation which provides proof of sponsorship.
Please note that there are no facilities for students to copy their documents in the Sports Centre, so please arrange to make copies before you arrive.
Registration for your academic programme takes place after you have pre-registered. Please check with your faculty about the time, date and requirements for registration.
Every year, the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) arranges an orientation programme for international students to assist with the transition to UCT and Cape Town in general. Orientation is a university-wide process. Academic faculties, residences and support departments such as the Department of Student Affairs host a variety of activities aimed at welcoming you to UCT and making you feel part of the university community. It is important for students to attend these orientation activities.
Our orientation is conducted with the help of fellow students called Orientation Leaders, who are on hand to help provide you with the information you need to know about Cape Town, UCT faculties, staying on and off campus, etc. They are a friendly group of both South African and international student leaders who have been trained to assist new students.
Through IAPO’s orientation programme students learn important information regarding safety, health, immigration, academic procedures, financial arrangements and other services offered by the international office. The programme also introduces students to support services at UCT, the UCT environs and adjusting to South African culture.
During orientation, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance from your Orientation Leaders.
Orientation Second Semester 2017
Orientation for Semester Study Abroad students arriving for the second semester 2017 will take place from Monday 7th for Friday 11 August 2017. We look forward to welcoming you!
The full programme of activities can be downloaded here.
Campus Life: Orientation 2017
Click on image below to download your copy of Campus Life: Orientation 2017.