When you arrive in Cape Town

Most students arrive excited to be in Cape Town,  tired from long-haul flights, disorientated by the time -changes but ready to go. Very quickly, the support and advice from IDACA  will help you to get your bearings. The IDACA and IAPO orientation programmes are fun and a great way to meet people, both local and international students.You’ll orientate yourself in the beautiful “Mother City”, a melting- pot of cultures that will be home to you for a semester.

On Arrival in Cape Town – step-by-step guide

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and taken from the airport directly to your accommodation for the semester. You will meet the IDACA associates, your land-lords and settle in. During your first two days, the IDACA UCT student associates will familiarize you with the campus, the surrounding areas of Rondebosch and Rosebank, assist you in buying necessities and show you where to shop, bank and how to use safe public transport.

During the first two days, you will also meet all the IDACA SSA students at an orientation and welcome dinner on Day 2. The full IDACA orientation programme will be given to you in a welcome pack on arrival and will run concurrently with the IAPO orientation programme which begins on campus on 6 March and will conclude on 10 March with registration. The IAPO orientation programme will be available on the IAPO website.

The orientation period is a great opportunity to meet students from all over the world as well as locally. Included during this time will be  information from safety, to academic course requirements, the registration process, introductions to the wide range of  sports, clubs, voluntary work opportunities offered by UCT as well as social events.

N.B.During the IAPO orientation programme, IDACA student associates will accompany you to some of the events and senior associates will be on 24 hour call to assist you with queries and advice.