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Parent Guide

Welcome Letter

We would like to congratulate you on being the parent/guardian of a future IIE MSA student, and welcome you into the IIE MSA family!

We are proud of all our students’ successes and understand that the support of their families plays a huge role in helping them to achieve. The journey from school into higher education is a challenging yet rewarding experience and we know that you will be there every step of the way. That is why we believe that it is essential to partner with you, the parents of our students, especially as they enter into their first year or into our Foundation Programme.

Our academic environment is designed to provide quality, personalised learning, practical skills and critical thinking. Our approach is designed around our students, with the aim of creating opportunities for the application of theoretical concepts to actual work related activities. These activities may include on-campus and off-campus projects such as community engagement, experiential learning internships and service learning opportunities.

Our modern and secure campus is a safe space that offers a variety of state-of-the-art facilities to help students feel at home and allow them to maximise their potential, including our library, extensive online databases, free, fast Wi-Fi and multiple PC Labs. There is also 24-hour security with access control and secure on-site parking.

We embody a globally-minded outlook, with students from over 50 different nationalities on campus, making IIE MSA a unique cultural melting pot.

We look forward to welcoming you onto campus and to our continued partnership throughout the coming years.

Professor Alwyn Louw
President and Academic President

Programmes and Initiatives to Support IIE MSA Students Include:

  • Full orientation week focusing on academic and social readiness for student life at IIE MSA
  • One-on-one consultation time with tutors and lecturers
  • Access to Learning Skills Advisors and Subject Librarians
  • A Wellness Centre that includes an on-campus clinic and counselling services
  • A variety of student-led clubs and societies where students can connect with like-minded peers, including Debate, Model UN, Choir, IT Society, Dungeons and Dragons, Cheerleading, as well as a number of sports teams and clubs.
  • The Student Representative Council (SRC), who represent the overall interest and social well-being of our students

2019 Semester dates

2019 Key Enrolment 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
Exams 10 – 28 Jun
Results published 15 July 2019
Deferred and supplementary exams 12 – 16 Aug
Orientation week (mid-year) 22 – 26 Jul
Semester two classes begin 29 Jul – 25 Oct
Mid-semester break 30 Sep – 4 Oct
Swot Vac 28 Oct – 1 Nov
Exams 4 – 22 Nov
Results published 09 December 2019

Find more information on important dates at IIE MSA here.

Tips for Parents During the Transition from High School to Higher Education

  • During the first year of a student’s tertiary education, they may find that a new found freedom is available. This could cause changes to their behaviour or a feeling of being overwhelmed. It is important for you to offer support and advice during this critical time, so that they do not feel pressured into making wrong decisions.
  • The experience of being an IIE MSA student will significantly differ from those of High School. At IIE MSA, students are treated as young adults, which brings about a certain amount of responsibility when managing time and workload.
  • Some other responsibilities to be made aware of include managing finances and possibly living away from home.
  • Discuss the importance of maintaining a good balance between academics and social life and encourage the possibility of joining one of the many student clubs and societies.

Programme Information

There are several ways for students to apply for courses – online, by post, email, fax and in person. The application process is the same whether the student is a South African citizen, a registered permanent resident of South Africa, or an international student. More information on courses offered at IIE MSA can be found here.

Important Contact Details

Below are links to the following department’s contact details.

Enrolment and Orientation

Enrolment and orientation are two weeks of events designed to help students officially start their IIE MSA journey, so it is important that they attend all the relevant events. We will help them settle in and provide them with information to fully prepare them for the start of classes and life at IIE MSA. You are welcome to attend the first day, where there will be a welcome session especially for parents. More information can be found here.

IIE MSA Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to providing learning opportunities for the highest achieving students, as well as those experiencing disadvantages (financial hardship). We also offer a variety of financing options. Find more information here.

Fees and Costs

Find out about fees and costs here.

Campus Facilities

Library

Walking through the library doors or logging into the online catalogue through opens our students up to a world of books, databases, journals, online lectures, past exams, reading lists and much more. At the IIE MSA library, there are currently 56577 physical collections, 80000 electronic collections, 1200 networked electronic books and over 2000 online newspapers (100 Countries in 60 languages). Find more information here.

IT services

The IT services offered at IIE MSA include access to the student portal, a personalised email account for every student, access to free wireless internet across the campus and in IIE MSA residences, as well as help with any computing, networking or teaching support issues.

Community Engagement

At IIE MSA we believe in learning and education as key tools in helping to positively impact our community and its members. The Community Engagement department facilitates and supports IIE MSA students and staff to partner with various stakeholders in the region to meet the diverse social, and education needs of our communities.

Privacy Policy

For more information please visit the following link:

https://www.advtech.co.za/Documents/Advtec privacy policy/Advtec privacy policy.pdf