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2021 FYS goes virtual 


The First Year Seminar is a comprehensive programme designed to introduce and orientate first-year students to the different facilities and unique aspects of university life. The objective of first-year orientation is to provide and expose incoming first-year students with tools and essential information that you need to be ready to become successful students. Research shows that students who attend their college or university's orientation programme are more likely to graduate than those who do not.


Congratulations on completing your matric in these difficult times we are living in. Welcome to your first year of study at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The first year of study could be the most interesting and rewarding period of your life. We hope you make the most of this opportunity, watch this video to learn more about UJ.

Who should attend?

The First Year Seminar (FYS) is a set of activities planned for all accepted and registered first incoming or entering UJ students.

What do you need to complete the seminar?

To complete the orientation online, one of the following gadgets is required:

Computer/Laptop/Tablet/iPad/Smart cellphone as well as internet connectivity or data to access the online orientation module.

Enrolment into the module:

Enrolment into the module will happen twelve hours after you have registered. The Center for Academic Technologies will send you an SMS or e-mail notification alerting you. Once you receive notification then you are ready to start with your 2021 First year Orientation. It is crucial to know which faculty you are registered in and at times the school you will be studying under. 

How to access the first year orientation module?

  1. Log onto uLink (For Password set-up click here:
  2. Click on Blackboard (Click here for help to find Blackboard:
  3. Go to Organization (under courses)
  4. Click on Organization
  5. Search for First-Year Orientation, which will have your Faculty, College, and/or School name.

Faculty Specific First Year Orientation Modules and Codes

Faculty First Year Orientation (2021)Module code
Faculty First Year Orientation (2021) College of Business and Economics CM082
Faculty First Year Orientation (2021) Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture CM084
Faculty First Year Orientation (2021) Faculty of EducationCM083
Faculty First Year Orientation (2021) Faculty Engineering and the Built Environment CM085
Faculty First Year Orientation (2021) Faculty of Health SciencesCM086
Faculty First Year Orientation (2021) Faculty of Humanities CM087
Faculty First Year Orientation (2021)  Faculty of Law CM088
Faculty First Year Orientation (2021) Faculty of ScienceCM089


Technical support available

The Centre for Academic Technologies (CAT) has a helpdesk operating during office hours (08:00-16:00) to assist, should you encounter problems to access the module. You can email

Physical Support Available

When you as a first year student arrive on campus, there will be support in the form of an orientation team to help with navigating the campus and any other questions you may have. The team will be dressed in orange UJ safety vests with FYS printed at the back and caps so that they are easy to identify (see image below).


Attendance is compulsory

You will be required to do the online sessions as prescribed by your faculty and some faculties will do face-to-face extended orientation sessions once classes have started.

Student Experience

To enhance the quality of the total student experience, the University of Johannesburg offers both academic and social support to their students at no cost. To learn more about the services and how you can get assistance, download 'The Toolbox Booklet'; should you require a hard copy, you can collect it on the campus from the Academic Development Centre (ADC).

Should you require any assistance as a first-year student, please contact the First Year Experience (FYE) Office: 

​Contact number
​Email address 
Yellow Block on third floor: D Ring 329

​011 559 2625 

When will lectures commence?

Classes for first-year students will start on 8 March 2021

To know more about academic activities throughout the year, please download the academic calendar. Should you require one, you can collect a hard copy on campus from the Academic Development Centre.

What if I register after classes have started?

You are still required to attend the online orientation to have an understanding of how the new environment works. The module will be accessible for the most part of the year.


The UJ Disability Unit

The UJ Disability Unit provides academic, technological and psychosocial support to students with disabilities on all four UJ campuses.

The orientation for all first entering, first-year and postgraduate students will take place at the B5 Open Space, B5 Building, APK, on Saturday 13 March from 08:00 to 14:00.

For more information, contact the UJ Disability Unit: 011 559 2163.