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Guide to hassle free registration


Registration Fee clearance – 27 January 2017

The link to the 2017 Fees booklet will be sent to you early December 2016.  Please ensure this information is forwarded to the person responsible for your fees and that they are made aware of the deadline.

Esnure that your registration is cleared by the person paying your fees or that your sponsor has confirmed renewal of your sponsorship.  You can check your clearance through ROSS or by contacting the Student Bureau (046) 603 8276 or the Student Fees Office (046) 603 8153.  Or if you would like written confirmation email student-fees@ru.ac.za or registrar@ru.ac.za and expect a response within 24 hours.

If you have problems meeting your registration fee deadline, please contact the Student Fees Office telephonically or in writing.  Please note that the Fees Office is the only office that can authorise extensions to the deadline.

Residence Allocations (where relevant)

Residence Allocations can be checked on ROSS by 3 February 2017.  If you have missed the registration fee deadline your residence allocation will automatically be cancelled. 

Administrative Registration

Administrative registration takes place on the concourse in Eden Grove, and is open from Monday 9 January 2017 to Friday 17 February 2017 from 09h00 to 16h00 and on Saturday 18 February 2017 until 12h00.

In order to register administratively you need:

  1. South African Students

a)      Registration Fee clearance – all students

b)      South African ID Book or Driver’s Licence

  1. Foreign Students

a)      Passport with a study visa valid for the whole year

b)      Proof of medical aid cover, offered or recognised by Absa Health Care.

The contact information for the Absa Health Care is as follows:

E-mail: absahealthcare@absa.co.za

Telephone number: 0860 100 380

Fax: 011 467-8486

Only medical aid cover offered through ABSA Healthcare or recognised by ABSA Healthcare will be accepted for registration at Rhodes University for 2017.

Curriculum Approval

a)      First-Year students :- Curriculum approval for first year students takes place at the end of Orientation week on Friday 17 February 2017

b)      Returning Students (Undergraduate and post-graduate)

If you submitted the reply form timeously and have been pre-registered you may be able to miss this process.  Your administrative registration certificate will indicate if you are required to attend curriculum approval or not. 

Please check your administrative registration certificate carefully – do not just presume that you can skip curriculum approval. If you are cleared for curriculum approval and require no further changes you will not need to go.

Curriculum approval for returning students (undergraduate and post-graduate) will take place as set out in the table below:



Who must attend



Eden Grove Red

Returning students if not pre-registered

After 14h00 on Friday 17 February or on Saturday 18 February 09h00 – 13h00


Eden Grove Seminar Rooms

All returning students.  No pre- registration permitted in Humanities

Saturday 18 Feburary 08h00 - 13h00



Law Department

All LLB Students

Anytime from 17 January onwards


Labs, Ground floor, Pharmacy Building

1st years

2nd years

3rd years

4th years

09h00 - 11h00 17 February

11h00 - 12h45 17 February

14h00 - 15h30 17 February

15h30 - 17h00 17 February



Eden Grove Blue


1st  years

3rd years & Honours


2nd years

Friday 17 February

09h00 – 13h00

13h00 – 17h00


Saturday 18 February

08h30 – 12h00






1st years




17 February

09h00 - 12h00

14h00 - 15h00


Minimize the time you take to register by pre-registering.  You then take the express registration queue as you only need to sign the registration form and have your student card updated.  Pre-registration can be done on ROSS from 3 February 2017.


You are required to present your current student card at registration.  It will be updated with a new sticky layer.  If you do not keep your card you will have to obtain a replacement card and pay the standard card replacement fee.


If you do this timeously your Dean will have time to check it and you will be able to avoid the curriculum approval queues completely.  Your administrative registration certificate will confirm that your curriculum has been approved and that you do not need to attend curriculum approval unless you wish to change your choices.  This needs to be done before 1 February when the system will be closed for the Deans to approve the pre-registrations.


All students whose courses being on Monday, 20 Feburary 2017 will be charged a late registration fee if they have not administratively registered AND have had their curriculum approval completed by 12h00 on Saturday, 18 Feburary 2017.  the curriculum approval schedule for returning students (undergraduate and post-graduate) is set out in the table above.

The fee will be waived only in exceptional circumstances. Reasons which would be acceptable would be such as those which would lead to a successful aegrotat examination application. Requests for a fee waiver, together with supporting documentation, should be addressed to the Manager: Academic Administration.

If you are in residence you MUST advise the University that your are going to be arriving late or you will lose your place in residence.

You are reminded that students are not allowed to start courses after the end of the second week of lectures so your late registration cannot be later than 3 March 2017.


It is always wise to check your registration on ROSS to double-check the subjects you have registered for.  If you need to change your subjects you can do so at the Dean's Office or by seeing an adviser in the Academic Administrative Office.  However Science and Pharmacy students are always required to change courses with the Dean.

Last Modified :Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:59:49 SAST