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Whether it’s helping you prepare for your arrival, settling in and making new friends, or discovering the wealth of experiences that UCT has to offer, we’re here to support you in settling into campus life.

Throughout the year, the International Office collaborates with the Student Representative Council, international student societies and different departments within the university to organise a variety of activities geared towards making incoming international students’ experiences at UCT as enriching as possible. These programmes promote diversity and have a strong cultural element to foster internationalisation and social integration.

Celebrations and debates that bring local and international students together are arranged to mark certain days such as Africa Day in May or Heritage Day in September. We also offer a variety of other activities such as pre-First Thursday hangouts (see more about First Thursdays here) and student dialogues around key topical issues. Find out about our recent Africa Day celebrations here.

International students are encouraged to engage with local students and enjoy all the activities that UCT and Cape Town have to offer. There are more than 100 student societies and organisations at UCT reflecting a wide range of interests, including academic, religious, cultural, social and political activities.

Email the SSA team to be added to the contact list for International Office activities.