What can I change?

Through a change of Curriculum request, you are able to (pending approval by the relevant authorities):

  • Change your Programme/Degree (either within your Faculty offerings, or to another Faculty);
  • Change your majors or specialisation;
  • Add courses; and/or 
  • Withdraw from courses.


  1. Consult the Humanities Undergraduate Handbook to find all options available to you.
  2. We recommend that you consult a Curriculum Advisor prior to submitting a change of curriculum request. Remember, this may have graduation, readmission and/or fee implications!
  3. Complete an Application for Change of Curriculum (ACA09) form. You may also require a concession for your request.
  4. Submit this ACA09 form (and concession form, if applicable) to a service request on PeopleSoft. Additional submission instructions can be found here: https://vula.uct.ac.za/x/2kCokU
  5. Monitor your service-request in PeopleSoft to see any comments left for you.
  6. Once your service request moves to ACCEPTED-status, check your transcript and fee statement within 72 hours to confirm all is in order.


Should you wish to change the courses you are currently enrolled for, it is possible to do so even after the registration period -

  • First Semester (F-) and Whole year (H-/W-) courses may be changed until the end of the first week of first-semester lectures, and you will receive a full refund for courses you drop or no penalty for courses you add.
  • Second Semester (S-) courses may be changed until the end of the first week of second-semester lectures with no penalties.
  • Third Term, Winter Term (L-) and Summer term (P-), courses may be changed until the second day after the start of lectures with no penalties.

Should you make any changes after these dates, you may pay fee penalties.

The below table (also found in Sections 2.3 & 2.4 of the Fees Handbook) includes deadlines for course changes in 2023 and the corresponding penalties:

Course Last date to add

Last date to drop

100% Fee Adjustment

50% Fee Adjustment

Cancel transcript entry

First Semester Courses

17 February 2023

17 February 2023

03 March 2023

24 March 2023

Second Semester Courses

28 July 2023

28 July 2023

11 August 2023

01 September 2023

Whole Year Courses

17 February 2023

17 February 2023

28 July 2023

04 August 2023

Third Term Courses Day 2 of course Day 5 of course N/A

Monday after

two thirds of

the course has run 

Should you make any changes after the “Cancel transcript entry” deadline, you will receive an “INC” code on your transcript for that course, signifying that you have dropped a course after the final date for removing it from your record, as opposed to a numerical grading or AB/DPR code.

Information for Sponsored/Financial Aid-receiving students

Curriculum changes may have funding implications. You are required to consult your funder, prior to the completion of a curriculum change, regarding the impact on your continued eligibility for funding. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have consulted and received approval from your sponsor regarding changes to your studies.