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First years


Two weeks prior to the start of classes, all first-years have the unique opportunity to enter the GATEWAY to succeed in your study career and in university life. The annual GATEWAY First-years’ College is a programme of student life and learning events that introduces you to campus and faculty life to help you to adjust to the university environment and to teach you the skills to achieve well in your studies and prepare you as a well-rounded graduate.

The college experience includes a series of exciting lectures to guide your understanding and expectation of university life. Furthermore, it assists you to orientate yourself on campus and to all the resources available to support students. The college experience includes exciting student-life activities such as the Kovsie Rag programme, where you'll participate in fundraising with fun activities, such as the Rag Float procession and Festival, but also first-year sports events such as athletics and swimming, and cultural events such as the first-year Stagedoor event, where you can form part of a theatre production with all other first-years.

All these events provide you with well-structured opportunities to meet new friends and establish friendship networks that will support you during your studies,. During the college experience, you will also be introduced to a peer mentor in a student mentoring programme to further support you in adjusting to university life.

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Gateway office contact details:

Lucy Sehloho (Gateway Orientation Coordinator)
+27 501 401 9876
+27 86 229 3806

Bloemfontein Campus

• Arrivals of Residence Students on campus: Friday, 17 January 2020.
• Faculty Welcoming Events: Saturday, 18 January 2020 from 09:00.
• Official Welcoming by the Rector and Vice Chancellor: Saturday, 18 January 2020 at 18:00
• Interdenominational Church Service (hosted by Campus Ministry Forum): Sunday 19 January 2020 at 09:00 am.
• Dedicated Registration Week for First Year Students: From Monday, 20 January 2020 to 24 January 2020.
• Proudly Kovsie Event (Free Kovsie T-Shirt Handover to every registered First Year Student): Saturday 25 January 2020 at 08:00
• Rest and Recuperate Day: Sunday, 26 January 2020.
• Orientation Week (Introduction to the University Systems and tools for academic success): From Monday, 27th January 2020 to Friday, 31 January 2020 daily from 08:00
• Kovsie ACT Community Celebrations: Saturday. 1 February 2020 from 08:00
• Rest and Recuperate Day: Sunday, 2 February 2020.
• First Day of Classes: Monday, 3 February 2020

Qwaqwa Campus

2020 Gateway Orientation Programme information will be available soon.

South Campus

2020 Gateway Orientation Programme information will be available soon.
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