The UKZN International Relations office hosted an orientation programme for eight students from the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses going overseas on student exchange programmes next year.

The Orientation was facilitated by Mrs Preshantha Reddy who is the Student Exchange Co-ordinator.

The orientation programme highlighted what students need to do before leaving the country, how they should conduct themselves while overseas as well as the tasks they need to complete when they return.

Applications for the UKZN Student Exchange Programme open in February and students who would like to apply need to meet the 65 percent average mark requirement and be able to find equivalent courses abroad. Students should look out for the posters and LAN notices that advertise the programme.

Ms Chuma Mapoma, a Drama student who will be going to Pitzer College in California, said: ‘I am so excited to be part of the programme and am looking forward to going abroad and learning about other cultures as well. I love the US because it has a bigger drama audience.’

Disabled student Ms Gugu Madlala (38) is going to Drake University in Iowa.  ‘I am very excited about the opportunity, I hope that other disabled students will be encouraged to grab every opportunity that comes their way and not undermine themselves for their disabilities. I really thank God who is my helper. I couldn’t walk or move from my bed for seven years but today I can at least use a wheelchair and believe that one day I will be able to walk again.’

author email : mazibukon20@ukzn.ac.za