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First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience (FYE) programme provides a bridging gap between high school and university by providing a support structure aimed at empowering and equipping first year university students with the necessary and essential skills to navigate successfully through university. 

  • The First Year Experience Programme is a campus-wide focus on the student experience.
  • Engages students in the excitement of the intellectual enterprise and socializes students into university work expectations.
  • Exposes students to multiple opportunities for intentional learning - formal curriculum, student life, co-curricular programming, community-based and global experiences.
  • Brings together teaching, extracurricular activities, counselling, mentoring, peer tutoring and supplemental instruction - transforming first year fragmentation into a congruent experience.

First Year Ambassadors

FYE Ambassadors are a select group of student leaders dedicated to serving Wits University in the capacity of advocates for new students by fostering support in academic performance, achievement, and social development.  FYE Ambassadors work in collaboration with the FYE program, the Student Development and Leadership Units, Faculties and other support units within the University. 

FYE Ambassadors work as an Orientation Leader during the Orientation programme, assists with FYE classes, promote student activities, events and campus involvement.   FYE Ambassadors serve as an overall leader and role model for new Wits students.

All FYE Ambassadors are equipped with skills in Personal Leadership and Mastery, Financial Literacy including Financial Aid Awareness, Presentation Skills, Diversity Management and the achievement Academic Excellence.  

Download the 2019 Student Guide.

For more information on First Year Experience programme please visit; 

Development and Leadership Unit 
1st floor, Matrix (Student Union) Building
University of Witwatersrand
Tel: 011 717 9234
Email: Neo.Cindi@wits.ac.za / Mpho.Thahale@wits.ac.za / Nicole.Morris@wits.ac.za 

FYE 2019 Calendar

February

4 February 2019 

FIRST TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS

16 February 2019 

Computer Literacy:

Introduction to Wits

e LMS

Internet

Communication tools 

 

23 February 2019 

Computer Literacy:

Introduction to Wits

e LMS

Internet

Communication tools 

 

28 February 2019 

Plagiarism & Copyrighting

March

You made it through February. Well done. By now you are starting to get the feel for Unversity life. Don't panic if you still feel lost. It's normal, University life is very different to what you were used to.

1 March 2019

Financial Literacy

 

2 March 2019 

Computer Literacy:
Introduction MS Excel-

Workbook

Basic calculations


Worksheets

Charts

 

11 March 2019 

Mentor Check-In
(Humanities & CLM)

 

12 March 2019

Mentor Check-In
(EBE, Science & Health
Science)

 

13 March 2019

Wellness In The Park

 

14 March 2019 

CCDU - Self -Awareness
(Inclusive of Emotional Literacy)

 

16 March 2019 

Computer Literacy Assessments

 

20 March 2019

FIRST TEACHING BLOCK ENDS

 

21 March 2019 

MID-TERM VACATION/STUDY/RESEARCH BREAK BEGINS

 

31 March 2019 

MID-TERM VACATION/STUDY/RESEARCH BREAK

 

April

1 April 2019 

SECOND TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS. WELCOME BACK WITSIES!

2 April 2019 

Mentor Check-in 

 

3 April 2019 

Join The Book Club

  

4 April 2019 

Plagiarism & Copyrighting

 

8 April 2019 

Time Management

 

9 April 2019 

Know Your Rights- GEO

11 April 2019 

Stress Management

 

16 April 2019 

Self -Awareness (Inclusive of Emotional Literacy)  

 

18 April 2019 

Mentor Check-In 

 

23 April 2019 

Your Health Matters

CCDU - Healthy Relationships and Communication

 

29 April 2019

Referencing 101  

 

30 April 2019

Campus Coversations

May

2 May 2019 

Exam Skills

 

6 May 2019 

CCDU - Resilience

 

8 May 2019 

Authentic Leadership

 

9 May 2019 

Your Health Matters

 

10 May 2019 

Mentor Check-In

 

14 May 2019 

Book Club

 

17 May 2019

SECOND TEACHING BLOCK ENDS

 

18 May 2019

STUDY BREAK BEGINS

 

26 May 2019 

STUDY BREAK ENDS

 

27 May 2019

EXAMINATIONS

June

24 June 2019 

EXAMINATIONS END 

25 June 2019 

WINTER VACATION/STUDY/ RESEARCH BREAK

July

15 July 2019

THIRD TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS. WELCOME BACK, YOU ARE ALMOST AT THE FINISH LINE AND FYE IS STILL HERE TO HELP YOU FINISH STRONG!  

 

17 July 2019 

Plagiarism & Copyrighting

 

18 July 2019 

CCDU - Stress Management

 

20 July 2019 

Authentic Leadership

 

23 July 2019 

Mentor Check-In

 

24 July 2019 

Know Your Rights- GEO

 

25 July 2019 

Self -Awareness (Inclusive of Emotional Literacy)

 

30 July 2019 

Campus Conversations

August

1 August 2019

CCDU - Healthy Relationships and Communication

 

6 August 2019 

Campus Conversations

 

8 August 2019 

Time Management

 

14 August 2019 

Mentor Check-in

 

15 August 2019 

Resilience - Bouncing Back

 

20 August 2019 

FYE FUNDAMENTALS

 

22 August 2019 

Book Club

 

28 August 2019 

FYE FUNDAMENTALS

 

30 August 2019 

THIRD TEACHING BLOCK ENDS 

 

31 August 2019 

MID-TERM VACATION/STUDY/RESEARCH BREAK

October

3 October 2019 

Mentor Check-In

 

4 October 2019 

Campus Coversations

 

6 October 2019 

FYE FUNDEMENTALS

 

10 October 2019 

Exam Skills

 

22 October 2019 

FOURTH TEACHING BLOCK ENDS

 

23 October 2019

STUDY BREAK BEGINS

 

27 October 2019 

STUDY BREAK ENDS

 

28 October 2019 

EXAMINATIONS

September

8 September 2019 

IT'S SPRING! MID-TERM VACATION/STUDY/RESEARCH BREAK ENDS

 

9 September 2019 

FOURTH TEACHING BLOCK BEGINS

 

12 September 2019 

Stress Management

 

16 September 2019 

Mentor Check-In 

 

19 September 2019 

Campus Coversations

 

26 September 2019 

CCDU - Resilience

 

27 September 2019 

FYE FUNDAMENTALS

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