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 Mentors
FYE Mentors 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 Mentors work in collaboration with the FYE program, the Student Development and Leadership Units, Faculties and other support units within the University.
FYE Mentors 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 Mentors 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 Student Guide 2020.
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