Information for First-Year Science Students

Information for first year Science students (2021)

Welcome

The FACULTY OF SCIENCE welcomes you! While we know that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to affect the way we live and work, we hope that you will soon feel at home in the Science Faculty and can fully experience the wonderful learning and growing opportunities it provides.

Click HERE for the SCIENCE ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION PROGRAMME.

How will I know if I have a place in the Science Faculty?

You should by now have received a letter from UCT giving the outcome of your application. If you have been given an offer of a place in Science, please check the information which came with that – which provides details about the first few steps in enrolling as a student at UCT. (See below on what to do if you have an offer.)

Will I need to actually be at UCT or is everything online?

Full information on how teaching will take place in the Science Faculty is available in the undergraduate learning plan for 2021 on this website. This is what it will mean for you as a potential first year student:

All first year teaching will be done on-line and first-years will not be required to come to campus for any classes or tutorials or laboratory sessions. This is not ideal, and has been forced on us by the Covid situation – but be assured that we are committed to making your first year at UCT a wonderful learning experience, and we will be suggesting ways in which you can interact with fellow students as well as your tutors and lecturers.

So, to be able to learn effectively at UCT in 2021 you will need:

  • laptop or similar device to enable you to connect to the internet so that you can download teaching materials and information, communicate by email with lecturers and tutors, watch the lessons and videos provided, attend some “live sessions” via the internet, submit assignments to your tutors, and do on-line tests;
    • If you do not have a laptop, or cannot afford one, UCT can loan you one; full details of this will be provided if you receive a firm offer of a place in the Science Faculty
  • Good access to the internet with enough data available to do the activities listed above
    • If you stay in a UCT residence you will have good access to the internet at no extra charge
  • A place to stay where you know you have a quiet place to work and arrangements for meals
    • A place in a UCT residence will provide all of this: if you have applied for residence you will receive information on this when you receive your offer of a place in the Science Faculty.

If I have received an offer of a place in Science, what do I do first?

  • Click on this link to update your password on Peoplesoft (the UCT data management system)
  • Download some important apps on your cell phone:
    • UCT Mobile app: from Apple App Store or Google Play Store. (For more information on UCT Mobile, click here.)
    • First-Year Campus Reception (FYCR) Booking app: Either access via the UCT Mobile app Student Card tile or click direct link here.
    • UCT Daily Health Screening: you can access this app via the UCT COVID app – Daily Health Screening banner in UCT Mobile or click direct link here.
  • If you plan to come to UCT and to check into a residence place, and if you need a laptop, you need to first go to the Reception area in the UCT Sports Centre on Upper Campus: see here for a pdf map or here for Google Maps directions. (Enter the plus code 2FV7+P7 Cape Town into your Google Maps app.)
  • When is the Reception and when can I start the registration process: Sunday, 28 February, to Tuesday, 2 March, between 09:00 and 19:00.  Please book a slot on the FYCR Booking app in advance to avoid queues and delays.
  • If you want to proceed directly to start ONLINE REGISTRATION, click here for the first steps. Complete these first steps if possible by Tuesday 2nd March at 5pm.  

The Science Orientation & Registration Programme

When you have completed the FIRST STEPS (see above), you will be ready for the Science Faculty Orientation and Registration Programme.

You will be contacted by email on Tuesday 2nd March by an Orientation Leader who will be guiding you through the process.

The Programme (all online) will be based in Vula HERE, and it looks like this: 

The Registration part of the programme will go over the choices that students need to make, and guide them to selecting the courses they want to do this year. Orientation Leaders and Academic Student Advisors will be on hand to provide full information and to assist with the process.

The Orientation part of the programme will introduce students to the Faculty and University, and give them an idea of what to expect during the first year and beyond. They will be introduced to the exciting things UCT has to offer, and how the support systems at UCT work. They will also get to know some of the academic staff who act as Student Advisors, and the Assistant Dean will guide them through thinking about the best approach to academic studies.

Residences

The university residences for first-years will open on 28 February 2021.

Parents' Orientation

Parents Orientation will take place on 12th March 2021. Please check HERE for full details.

What must I do if I am going to be late?

Special permission from the dean is required for late registration and a late registration penalty of up to R 2 000 will be imposed unless exceptional circumstances apply.

First day of lectures for first-year students

15 March 2021

We look forward to welcoming you as a student in our faculty!

International students

Pre-registration

A comprehensive step-by-step guide for pre-registration is available online here.

Visit Before you arrive to see what you need to do before arriving at UCT.

Residences

The university residences for first-years will open on 28 February 2021.

Parents' Orientation

2 online sessions are organised for parents of new students.

27 February 2021

1 March 2021

What must I do if I am going to be late?

Special permission from the dean is required for late registration and a late registration penalty of up to R 2 000 will be imposed unless exceptional circumstances apply.

First day of lectures for first-year students

15 March 2021

We look forward to welcoming you as a student in our faculty!

Page last updated:  1 March 2021

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