Admission and Aid
First Year Experience Information

The 2023 FYS/O will follow a Blended Approach


Congratulations on completing your matric in these difficult times and Welcome to your first year of study at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). This could be the most interesting and rewarding period of your life. We hope you make the most of this opportunity,

First Year Seminar/Orientation

The First Year Seminar/ Orientation (FYS/O) is an important process to integrate the first- time incoming students into the university. At  the University of Johannesburg (UJ), FYS/O follows a blended approach, meaning that you will have face-to-face sessions and online self-paced module to enrich the learning experiences. The online faculty and college module is hosted on Learner Management system called Blackboard. Attendance and participation is compulsory.

To participate in the blended orientation will require:

  • To physically  come to the campus where you are registered from to attend in person or face-to face sessions from 06 -10 February 2023
  • To access the online  orientation module, you will need a computer /Laptop/Tablet/ iPad/ Smart cell phone as well as internet connectivity/Wi-fi/ data to access the self-paced online orientation module throughout the semester/year.


Who should attend?

All accepted and registered new or first entering UJ first year students.

Steps on how to participate in FYS/O:

Step 1: Register as a UJ Student

The first step is to register with the University for the Qualification you have been accepted for.  If you are not registered yet follow the step-by-step registration guide below to  legally register as a UJ student.

Register As A Uj Student


Once you have registered as a UJ student, you will receive a letter(s) from Central Academic Administration. In the letter(s), amongst other there is information regarding getting started as a first year student, there will be a link to join online guided blackboard sessions.

Enrolment into the orientation module will happen 24 hours after you have registered. The Centre for Academic Technologies will send you notification via SMS or e-mail alerting to the enrolment in the faculty or College specific orientation module. It is crucial to know which faculty you are registered in and the school you will be studying under.


Step 2: Attend the online Pre-Orientation sessions

To participate in the guided Blackboard and faculty specific orientation  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.

The online guided blackboard sessions will assist you on how navigate Blackboard and faculty or college specific First Year Orientation module. The sessions will run from 2 to 11 February (excluding weekends). See the schedule below for dates and times:

Online Live Blackboard Q&A session DatesTime Slots
Wed to Fri   25-26 Jan

10:30 – 11:30

12:00 – 13:00

14:30 – 15:30

Mon to Fri   30 Jan – 03 Feb



You are required to attend ONE session. However, if you feel that you need to attend more than once, you are free to do so.


Step 3: Attend the face-to-face session on campus from 06-10 February 2023

Faculty Specific Programmes

College of Business and Economics Programmes

APK 2023


APB 2023

SWC 2023


Step 4: More learning opportunities:

Week of 13-17  February 2023 The FYE office in collaboration with different stakeholders will offer out-of-class experiences and opportunities to explore, experiment and learn more about UJ.

For more information Click the different posters and save the dates.

Fys Testing Feb 2023


Step 5: Access and participate in online faculty specific module

Faculty Specific First Year Orientation Modules and Codes

The university of Johannesburg has eight first year seminar/orientation modules

Faculty First Year Orientation Module code
Faculty First Year Orientation College of Business and EconomicsCM0513
Faculty First Year Orientation Faculty of EducationCM0519
Faculty First Year Orientation Faculty of Art, Design and ArchitectureCM0512
Faculty First Year Orientation Faculty Engineering and the Built EnvironmentCM0521
Faculty First Year Orientation Faculty of Health SciencesCM0514
Faculty First Year Orientation Faculty of HumanitiesCM0505
Faculty First Year Orientation Faculty of LawCM0515
Faculty First Year Orientation Faculty of ScienceCM0511

How to access the faculty or College specific first year orientation module?

  • Log onto uLink (For Password set-up click here:
  • Click on Blackboard (Click here for help to find Blackboard:
  • Go to Organisations (under courses)
  • Click on Organisations
  • Search for First-Year Orientation, which will have your Faculty, College, and/or School name.
  • Then you can access and start to participate in the three part section orientation module.

Technical support available

Should you struggle to access the module, you can send an email to  (Mon -Fri 08:00 -16:00) Please ensure that you include your student number and your faculty or college in the email.

Physical Support Available

In the event that Covid-19 has been managed and students are expected to be back on campus, the University will ensure that physical support is available for first years upon arrival on campus. The First Year Experience office will put together the FYS/O team to help you navigate the campus and answer basic questions you may have. The team will be dressed in orange UJ safety vests with FYS printed at the back and caps for ease of identification (see image below).


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Student Experience

To enhance the quality of the total student experience, the University of Johannesburg offers both academic and personal 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 one from the Academic Development Centre (ADC) on the campus where you are registered.

APBBlock K, First floor (above study and safekeeping centre)
APKD Ring 3 (Yellow block on the third floor)
DFCJohn Orr Building, ground floor (next to cyber centre)
SWCAdelaide Tambo Building


Should you require any assistance, please contact the First Year and Senior Student Experience (FYE-SSE) Office:

​Location​Contact number​Email address 
Yellow Block on the third floor: D Ring 3 Office Number 329011 559


When will lectures commence?

Classes for first-year students will start on 13 February 2023.

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

APBBlock K, First floor (above study and safekeeping centre)
APKD Ring 3 (Yellow block on the third floor)
DFCJohn Orr Building, ground floor (next to cyber centre)
SWCAdelaide Tambo Building


What if I register after classes have started?

You are still required to attend the online First Year Seminar/ Orientation to get an understanding of how the new environment works. The module will be accessible for the most part of the year.


UJ Sports

24 February 2023  UJ Sports will introduce students and staff to active Friday’s. invite will be sent via email

The UJ Disability Unit

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

The Disability Unit (DU) will hold Orientation online on Microsoft Teams at 10am on the 25th  February 2023

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 350 290 203 476
Passcode: axCsvp

View the Poster 

For more information, contact the UJ Disability Unit: or 011 559 3745.