Enrolment and orientation are designed to help you officially start your exciting new journey with us, so it’s important that you come along and attend the events.
We’ll help you settle in and provide you with all the information to fully prepare you for the start of classes and your student life.
Take note of the following important 2019 IIE MSA calendar dates for Foundation Programme and all undergraduate students. Refer to the Important Dates for more detailed key dates.
|Early enrolment||2 Jan – 15 Feb|
|Enrolment Week||18 Feb – 22 Feb|
|Orientation week||25 Feb – 1 Mar|
|Semester one classes begin||4 Mar – 31 May|
|Mid-semester break||19–26 Apr|
|Swot Vac||3–7 Jun|
|Deferred and supplementary exams||12–16 Aug|
|Orientation week (mid-year)||22–25 Jul|
|Semester two classes begin||29 Jul – 25 Oct|
|Mid-semester break||30 Sep – 4 Oct|
|Swot Vac||28 Oct – 1 Nov|
|Deferred and supplementary exams||3–7 Feb 2020|
Students can enrol online or on campus. Refer to the links for more information on the two options:
Welcome to IIE MSA’s 2019 Orientation ‘O-Week’. The next O-Week begins for all commencing undergraduate and Foundation Programme students on 22 July 2019 and ends on 25 July 2019.
This week is a crucial and intensive induction designed to prepare you for the academic semester ahead. This solid academic foundation coupled with exciting social opportunities and events will ensure a smooth transition into studying at IIE MSA.
During this week, we will help you to prepare for academic learning, understand the mission, vision and values of the MSA community, discover the full array of opportunities available to you as an MSA student and find out how and where you can receive any support you may need.
Although there is much to learn, there are many friendly and helpful MSA students who will be your ‘O-Buddies’, as well as our expert staff members who are ready to offer advice and support throughout your transition to MSA. MSA O-Week is the best way to get started on the path to academic success and to get a feel for the MSA experience.
During O-Week you will:
No, you can just arrive at campus at the start of O-Week.
Yes, the four days of O-Week are mandatory.
The full four-day O-week has been carefully planned to ensure that you are fully prepared for the academic, social and cultural life that comes with being an MSA student. All students are expected to attend MSA O-Week, as it improves their preparation for academic success and assists in their transition to higher education.
First-year students who participate in O-Week are better prepared and generally feel more positive and confident about their experiences at MSA. Plan now to participate fully!
# Academic Preparation
Emails from MSA will be sent to your personal address (the one you included on your application to MSA) until you are formally enrolled. After that, all incoming emails will automatically be sent to your campus-based student email address, which you will be issued with. To check your MSA email, access the campus Gmail system and login with your username and password.
Students must use their MSA student email address in all communication with MSA departments and staff members.
Yes you should. You will receive course advice for your chosen field and find out about the experiences of successful senior students in your new faculty. You will also be exposed to academic programmes and elective options you may not have previously considered.
You will have the opportunity to see your new lecturers in action as they present expert lectures, which will help you in your academic choices. You will also meet new peers who will be studying the same courses as you.
This is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and form study groups with those that you feel comfortable with. Lastly, you’ll get to enjoy the social experiences with your new peer group.
The dress code is casual. Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be on the go for the week and moving around a lot. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Bring a bag or backpack to carry your personal necessities and a bottle of water to stay hydrated during O-Week.
You may want to bring a pen and notebook to take notes, or if you have a smartphone or tablet you could make use of it for note-taking. It is the personal responsibility of each student to ensure the safety of their devices at all times. MSA does not assume responsibility for items of a personal nature.
Many MSA students bring their own food to campus each day, so feel free to do so. Food and drink is not supplied to MSA students during O-Week.
Yes, MSA has two providers of food and drink on campus, the canteens’ names are ‘Hotspot’ and ‘Chill Out’. Both of these providers sell fast food as well as healthy meals. Cold drinks and coffees can also be purchased on campus.
All our O-Week activities, including social activities, take place on campus. We have a beautiful campus so we like to spend as much time here as possible. There are no charges for any activities.
Refreshments for each evening social activity are for your own cost.
Parents are warmly invited to the MSA campus on 22 July, the first day of O-Week, for a welcome session from 9:00 – 9:30.
This will be followed by a Parents’ Tea from 09:30 – 10:15. The Parents Tea provides an opportunity for parents and senior staff members to interact, share information and ask questions.
Friends who are not MSA students may not attend.
Students are requested to arrive no later than 08:50 on 22 July 2019. Your O’Buddies will be waiting to meet you and will escort you to the correct venue.
You will be met by our O-Buddies as you enter the campus and ushered to the appropriate venue. If you are entering with your own car or in someone else’s car, you will be met by O-Buddies upon driving in and parking.
First year students will be able to connect to the internet via our free, fast, campus Wi-Fi.
Your student ID number is assigned to you upon receipt of your application for admission to MSA. You can find your student ID number on the acceptance letter that you received from MSA Admissions.
Don’t worry about this. During the first three days of O-Week you will go to sessions specifically designed to assist you with various study choices, including your major, minor and elective options and programme requirements, conducted by expert academic staff. These days also allow one-on-one interaction with academic staff and senior students from each faculty who will be available to guide you.
If you are already enrolled, there is still time to make minor adjustments to your course map.
You will be in an environment with many other students who are in exactly the same position as you. Our O-Week programme is carefully designed to ensure that there are many opportunities to meet new people, form networks and initiate study groups before classes start.
Our O-Buddies will be your guides and mentors for the duration of the week. O-Buddies have to apply for their position and, if selected, undergo intensive training before O-Week to ensure that they are able to help and support you and answer all your questions. They will be with you all the way!
MSA has a bookshop on campus situated in Building E on the first floor. The bookshop has a list of all prescribed textbooks per course. You are not obligated to buy from the bookshop on campus if you would rather buy from elsewhere. You can contact the bookshop on 011 958 1349 to check their prices.
Many MSA programmes also make use of online textbooks. Be sure to attend all academic sessions with lecturers to find out which books to buy.
Occasionally, current students sell their textbooks to new students. Before you purchase textbooks from students, please ensure that the edition of the book is correct. Make sure that the books you purchase from students are the correct texts, as courses may have changed their textbook requirements.
On your arrival for O-Week you will receive a detailed programme of all activities for the week. This will also be available online above these FAQ’s so that you can take a look at the exciting array of activities and events in advance. Your O-Buddies will be on hand to escort you everywhere to ensure that you don’t get lost.On your arrival for O-Week you will receive a detailed programme of all activities for the week. This will also be available online above these FAQ’s so that you can take a look at the exciting array of activities and events in advance. Your O-Buddies will be on hand to escort you everywhere to ensure that you don’t get lost.
Once you are enrolled in all of your subjects you can download your timetable.
For the first two weeks of classes, check your timetable every day as class times may change during this time period. This will not happen after the first two weeks.