UCT welcomes international students arriving in second semester
IAPO hosted a week-long orientation programme from 17 to 22 July 2018 to welcome over 250 international students who arrived during the second semester. The incoming students were mainly registering for the Semester Study Abroad programme, but among them were also several PhD candidates, and research affiliates and international students registering for occasional studies. The students come from diverse home countries including the United States, England, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Jamaica, Austria, Ghana, Nigeria and India – just to mention a few.
The orientation programme kicked off with a welcome address from the acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, Professor Michael Kyobe, and Nicola Latchiah, who is currently the acting director for IAPO. The incoming students then enjoyed a series of talks on surviving culture shock, safety and security, student health and wellness, and tips for getting started with IT services. The first day of the orientation programme ended with an exciting drumming workshop and a lunchtime buffet of local cuisine.
The week continued with an interactive campus tour called #KnowYourUCT, which was led by UCT student orientation leaders. The students who participated in the tour stood a chance to have their names entered into a draw to win prizes sponsored by Cape Town Tourism and Zeitz MOCAA. The week drew to a close with a presentation on the UCT academic and credit system, to prepare the students for course registration with their respective faculty offices.
The last activity on the programme – the much-loved Cape peninsula tour and community visit – offers an introduction to key sites in the Cape Town and an opportunity to engage with a local community over lunch.
IAPO wishes the new and returning international students a prosperous and rewarding second semester this year.
Story by Loren Joseph. Photos by Lerato Mokhethi.