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Orientation and Pre-registration

About Orientation

Download the provisional programme for First Semester International Orientation 2020.

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.


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, from a registered South African medical aid scheme, specifying the period of study
  • A copy of proof of medical aid cover, from a registered South African medical aid scheme, specifying the period of study

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. For students coming through specific programmes (e.g. Semester Study Abroad Programme), further details on registration will be provided during orientation. 

Everything you need to know about registration in first semester 2019.

Campus Life: Orientation 2020

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Getting to and from the airport

There are a number of options available to get you from the airport to your accommodation (find out more about transport in Cape Town here)

  • Uber is available and widely used in Cape Town
  • MyCiti bus services offers a shuttle from the airport to central Cape Town. From there you can get a MyCiti bus card and, if your accommodation is on one of the bus routes you can connect to the relevant bus. See the routes here. Alternatively, take a taxi or Uber from the station.
  • A number of private taxi companies have stations at the airport and can be arranged on arrival.