If you haven’t already, you’re about to hear loads of new words and abbreviations around campus. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you wrap your head around them.
The Cissie Gool Café next to Cissie Gool Plaza — great for cheap, good food.
A unit of study that gets you credit towards your degree.
Campus Protection Services take care of UCT’s safety and security.
A combination of courses that make up your degree programme.
Duly performed — if you get a DP for a course, you can write the exams.
Duly performed refused. This means you can’t write exams.
The head of a faculty.
A formal check to see how you’re doing in your first weeks at varsity.
Extended Degree Programmes give you extra time and support to complete your degree.
The UCT network that provides free Wi-Fi on campus.
A group of academic departments. UCT has six.
When you get over 75% for academic work. An upper second is 70–74%, a lower second is 60–69% and a third is 50–59%. An S means you failed.
The day’s earliest lecture and where you’ll find yourself at 08:00 if you’re a fresher.
Food and Connect
Keep an eye out for these food vendors across campus. Yum!
That’s you! A first-year.
A first-years-only party on the Green Mile during O-Week.
The First-Year Experience is there to help you get through year one.
UCT’s main rugby fields.
A weekly appointment with your tutor to discuss your academic progress.
Information and Communication Technology Services. They keep you connected.
The open area below Sarah Baartman Hall where tons of events take place.
The blue buses that get you around campus and town. It’s free for students.
The steps below Sarah Baartman Hall.
When cool things happen on the plaza during meridian on Thursdays.
45-minute lessons with 15 minutes in between to get to the next one.
An online virtual training library that offers thousands of tutorials.
Lunch break — between 13:00 and 14:00 during the week.
One of the main Jammie Shuttle stops on upper campus. It’s north of the South Stop.
The Office for Inclusivity & Change ensures accessibility and inclusivity for all.
Orientation Leader. The one who will take you through stuff during O-Week.
The orientation programme that gives you time to get to know UCT and join clubs and societies.
Anything above 50%.
An online database for your academic record, timetable, course marks and personal details.
Practicals help you put into practice what you’ve learned in theory.
“Remember and Give” — the fundraising arm of SHAWCO.
Residence. The place you stay if you’re living on campus.
The RAG magazine sold at traffic lights to raise money for SHAWCO.
The Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation offers community outreach programmes.
The Students’ Representative Council is the highest decision-making structure of student governance.
Your multi-purpose UCT ID card. Keep it with you all the time.
Once you’re registered, you’ll need this number often. Remember it.
Supplementary exam (for when the first one didn’t go so well).
The ongoing process of making UCT inclusive and reflective of South African demographics.
Tutorials. Small group meetings to discuss course material. A must if you want to get a DP.
The person, usually a student, who runs tuts.
Vacation. Others call it ‘holiday’ or ‘leave’.
Where you find yourself right now, and UCT’s student newspaper.
UCT’s official online learning system where you’ll find everything you need to know about your courses, and more.
Together with your exam results, this contributes to your final mark.
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