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Defining UWC FYE​

The UWC FYE is an intentional and student-centred programme that fosters an inclusive first-year student transition into higher learning in a systematic and co-ordinated way which celebrates diversity and UWC values. The UWC FYE programme integrates curricular and co-curricular activities in order to facilitate a shared sense of belonging, retention and success for all our first-year students.


To provide student-centred initiatives to enhance FY student transition and a quality student experience, thereby enabling students to stay and succeed at UWC.


  • To build a sense of community & connectedness with the institution;
  • To promote academic integration between staff and students;
  • To promote social integration between students & peers;
  • To provide students with academic support;
  • To provide a safe, inclusive and quality FYE;
  • To promote student retention & success

Vision of UWC FYE

To significantly enhance first year student retention, engagement and success by addressing issues relating to first year transition and improved academic performance.​​​​


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