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Type: Public Institution
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: January 2005
No of Students: 50,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala
Campuses: Auckland Park Kingsway; Auckland Park Bunting Road; Doornfontein; Soweto
Ranking: 4th in Africa (QS World University Rankings)
Website: https://www.uj.ac.za/
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The University of Johannesburg is a public university located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Commonly known as UJ, the University came into existence in January 2005 as the result of a merger between 3 higher institutions – Rand Afrikaans University, the Technikon Witwatersrand and the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University (RAU). Two campuses of the former Vista University had previously been incorporated into RAU. The incorporat.. more

The University of Johannesburg is a public university located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Commonly known as UJ, the University came into existence in January 2005 as the result of a merger between 3 higher institutions – Rand Afrikaans University, the Technikon Witwatersrand and the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University (RAU). Two campuses of the former Vista University had previously been incorporated into RAU. The incorporation and merger were part of a larger programme designed to restructure the higher education in South Africa. The University of Johannesburg counts four campuses – the Auckland Park Kingsway, Auckland Park Bunting Road, Doornfontein and Soweto campuses, all located in the metropolitan area of the city of Johannesburg.

The University of Johannesburg is ranked 5th in South Africa according to Webometric rankings, and within the 2.3% Universities in the world according to Quacquarelli Symbols (QS) World rankings. It is a respected research institution, boasting several National Research Foundation ranked researchers, across various fields and focus areas. It offers vocational and traditional academic programmes across several faculties. In 2013 it awarded an honorary doctorate to then US President Barack Obama. It has several times been recognised as a top achiever, placing among the Coolest University Brands according to the largest preferred brand survey conducted in South Africa. This is in line with UJ’s desire to distinguish itself from previous institutions, creating a brand identity rather than relying on a motto, and using a logo instead of a coat of arms. The university is home to over 50000 students, with about 43000 undergraduates and 6000 graduate students in 2011. It also counts more than 3000 international students from 80 countries and an academic staff of over 3000.

The University’s four campuses have been framed to ensure optimal utilisation. The establishment of the Soweto Centre for Small and Medium Business Enterprise on the Soweto Campus is the first phase of the Johannesburg School of Leadership, with its distinctive focus on African Leadership. The recent developments of state-of-the-art buildings accommodating the School of Tourism and Hospitality, the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, and a modern Arts Centre comprising a theatre and gallery benefit not just UJ but the entire Johannesburg community. The combined facilities available at the university rank among the best in the country, including libraries, micro-laboratories, sports, and cultural facilities. Many of these facilities are open to the general public.
Among UJ’s alumni are key actors in various fields ranging from Politics to STEM, from the arts to sports. Some of these include Adam Habib (Political Science Professor), Lisa-Marie Deetlefs (Hockey Olympian), Chris Froome (Cyclist, Tour de France Winner 2013), Kahn Morbee (Singer). Some of UJ’s honorary doctorates include Barack Obama (former president of the United States) and Thabo Mbeki (second president of South Africa post-Apartheid).

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The University of Johannesburg is home to 8 faculties and colleges, with several schools and departments as listed below.

College of Business and Economics

Johannesburg Business School

School of Accounting

The University of Johannesburg is home to 8 faculties and colleges, with several schools and departments as listed below.

College of Business and Economics

Johannesburg Business School

School of Accounting

  • Department of Accountancy
  • Department of Commercial Accounting

School of Consumer Intelligence and Information Systems

  • Department of Applied Information Systems
  • Department of Information and Knowledge Management
  • Department of Marketing Management

School of Economics and Econometrics
School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy
School of Tourism and Hospitality

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Fashion Design
  • Department of Graphic Design
  • Department of Industrial Design
  • Department of Interior Design
  • Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture
  • Department of Multimedia
  • Department of Visual Art
  • Graduate School of Architecture (GSA)

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Childhood Education
  • Department of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Department of Education Leadership and Management
  • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Department of Science and Technology Education

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

School of Electrical Engineering

  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology

School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment

  • Department of Civil Engineering Science
  • Department of Construction and Management & Quantity Surveying
  • Department of Civil Engineering Technology
  • Department of Town and Regional Planning

School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Science
  • Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Department of Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Department of Quality and Operations Management

School of Mining, Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering

  • Department of Chemical Engineering Technology
  • Department of Mining and Mine Surveying
  • Department of Metallurgy

Postgraduate School of Engineering

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Department of Biomedical Technology
  • Department of Chiropractic
  • Department of Emergency Medical Care
  • Department of Environmental Health
  • Department of Complementary Medicine
  • Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences (Radiography)
  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Optometry
  • Department of Podiatry
  • Department of Somatology
  • Department of Sport and Movement Studies

Faculty of Humanities

  • Department of Anthropology and Development Studies
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Politics and International Relations
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Religion Studies
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Sociology

School of Communication

  • Department of Communication Studies
  • Department of Journalism, Film & Television
  • Department of Strategic Communication

School of Languages

  • Department of African Languages
  • Department of Afrikaans@LanCSAL
  • Department of Applied Communicative Skills
  • Department of French
  • Department of Greek and Latin Studies

Faculty of Law

  • Department of Mercantile Law
  • Department of Practical Business Law
  • Department of Private Law
  • Department of Procedural Law
  • Department of Law Clinic
  • Department of Public Law

Faculty of Science

  • Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Biotechnology and Food Technology
  • Department of Botany & Plant Biotechnology
  • Department of Chemical Sciences (DFC)
  • Department of Chemical Sciences (APK)
  • Department of Geography, Environmental Management & Energy Studies
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Zoology
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Admission Requirements/How to Apply
UJ offers admission into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Undergraduate Programmes

  • Applicants may only apply for two study choices. These study choices may not be amended once they have been chosen.
  • In the case of applicants re-writing Grade 12 subjects, applications will be proces.. more

Admission Requirements/How to Apply
UJ offers admission into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Undergraduate Programmes

  • Applicants may only apply for two study choices. These study choices may not be amended once they have been chosen.
  • In the case of applicants re-writing Grade 12 subjects, applications will be processed on the current results available. If Grade 12 has been written more than once, then your combined results must be submitted with your application.
  • Applicants writing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) through IEB or SACAI examining bodies can apply online by selecting “National Senior Certificate” under the Results Detail page of the online application process.
  • Applicants currently in Grade 12 may be requested to provide certified copies of final Grade 11 results for verification and auditing purposes.
  • Knowing the qualification requirements will avoid disappointment when applying. Therefore, ensure you consult with the 2019 Undergraduate Prospectus when completing your application.
  • The University of Johannesburg will not accept the General Education Development (GED) test for entry into any of its curricular undergraduate qualifications.  The GED is no longer recognised by Universities South Africa (USAf) and is not equivalent to a South African grade 12 (NSC/IEB/SACAI).  Applicants who completed the GED and would like to study towards an undergraduate curricular qualification are advised to register and complete a grade 12 NSC/IEB/SACAI or international equivalent thereof.

Checklist for applying

  • Valid email address (gmail or yahoo mail account).
  • Have the requirements for study choices been met (see prospectus).
  • Certified and individually scanned documents if completed Grade 12 (see process below). Document upload requirements when applying online (not applicable to applicants currently in grade 12 or internal transfer/Senior applicants):
  • All documents must be certified When uploading documents, ensure that the scanned file is a maximum of 512KB, and that all documents are scanned in any of the following types – tiff, pdf, jpg or gif
  • Each document must be scanned and uploaded as separate attachments
  • Alternatively, documents can be emailed to ujappdocs@listsrv.uj.ac.za with the provisional reference/student number noted in the subject line of the email.

International Students

Applications open on 1 April of the year preceding the year of the intended study. You may apply online at www.uj.ac.za/apply and follow a link to study @UJ to either to apply online or you may download the application form, which should either be submitted to the Student Enrolment Centre or mailed to the University. Online applicants are exempted from paying an application fee, whereas hardcopy applicants are expected to pay a non-refundable application fee of R200.

Please Note: All applicants are advised to please not send cash through the mail or leave documents and cash with any unauthorised persons.

All International Applicants Are to Take Note of The Following:

  • Submit a completed application form with supporting documents
  • Final School results
  • Valid Passport or Identity Document or Birth Certificate
  • Sworn English Translation of documents (Documents issued in any Language other than English)
  • Provide proof of a non-refundable Application Fee R200.00
  • Provide proof of the English Proficiency where English was not used as a medium of learning and teaching (the University prefers the applicant to take the IELTS at an overall score of 6 and TOEFL at an average score of 80–104 for Undergraduate programmes) Alternatively, you may elect to write the University of Johannesburg English Language Programme Test (UJELP).  Should you choose to write the University of Johannesburg English Language Programme Test (UJELP), Mr Malibongwe Masango will be the contact person for UJELP. Mr Masango is contactable on +27 (0) 11 559 4265 or mmasango@uj.ac.za
  • In case were both first and second choices were unsuccessful, International Admissions office will offer an international applicant an alternative choice option when meeting the requirements
  • Submit completed application form on campus residence when required

Applicants who are attending or have attended a University within or outside the Republic of South Africa, must submit an academic transcript that covers the period of study, especially if they intend on being granted exemption from modules or courses at University.


Degree seeking students

In order to study for a South African degree applicants are required to have achieved a South African National Senior Certificate with a degree endorsement. All International applicants with high school qualifications achieved outside of the Republic of South Africa require a certificate of exemption from the Matriculation Board of South Africa for admission into undergraduate studies. The following supporting documents must be submitted to the Matriculation Board on the address provided below;

  • Form M30 (this form can be downloaded on the Matriculation Board website www.he-enrol.ac.za)
  • Correctly certified copies of the applicants educational qualifications certified by a South African High Commission, Consulate, Trade Mission or a Public Notary in your home country
  • A correctly certified copy of your passport or birth certificate certified by a South African High Commission, Consulate, Trade Mission or a Public Notary in your home country
  • Sworn English Translation of documents (Documents issued in any Language other than English)
  • Exemption fee as determined by the Matriculation Board ( see website www.he-enrol.ac.za)
  • Submit proof of payment for the Exemption fee of R500 payable to the banking details below

Contact Details – Matriculations Board

UNISA Sunnyside Campus

1st Floor, Block E

Hadefields Office Park

1267 Pretorius Street

Hatfield

Pretoria

P O Box 3854

Pretoria

0001

South Africa

Tel. no: +27 10 591-4401/2

Email: applications@usaf.ac.za

Website: www.he-enrol.ac.za

Banking Details – Matriculation Board

Bank – ABSA

Account Name – Matriculation Board

Account number – 4059036917

Branch Name – Sunnyside

Branch Code – 630345

When paying at an international bank Swift Code – ABSA ZA JJ

Applicants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville will have to apply for Matriculation Exemption directly with Matriculation Board. Please submit all correctly certified copies by mail when applying by hardcopy application or e-mail when have applied online. The University faculties have different APS (Admission Points System) for admission. It is important that when applying to the University applicants include copy of school leaving results and/or academic record if they have studied at the university.

Technological Programmes (Diploma, Certificate)

Should you wish to apply for Certificates or Diploma qualification you can apply directly to the university without an Exemption Application or Certificate.

Postgraduate Programmes (Advanced Diploma, Masters and Doctorate)

  • B-Tech and Advanced Diploma qualifications are classified as undergraduate.  It is however processed (administratively) as a postgraduate qualification due to previous studies involved and different application closing dates.  All B-Tech qualifications are gradually being phased out by the University of Johannesburg and will be replaced by Advanced Diplomas.
  • Applicants may only apply for two study choices. These study choices may not be amended once they have been chosen.
  • Before you submit your online application and upload/email documents, please visit the relevant faculty/department website to confirm additional documentation that may be required e.g. departmental application form, CV, motivation, thesis etc.
  • Applicants transferring from another university/tertiary institution are required to upload a full academic record/transcript and degree/diploma certificate (if applicable). Please refer to “Document upload requirements when applying online” below for more information on uploading of documents.
  • Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications towards Clinical and Counselling Psychology are requested to apply directly to the Department.
  • Contact Student Accommodation should you require more information regarding residence.

Checklist for applying

  • Valid email address (gmail or yahoo mail account).
  • Document upload requirements when applying online (not applicable to applicants currently in grade 12 or internaltransfer/Senior applicants):
  • All documents must be certified When uploading documents, ensure that the scanned file is a maximum of 512KB, andthat all documents are scanned any of the following types – tiff, pdf, jpg or gif
  • Each document must be scanned and uploaded as separate attachments
  • Alternatively, documents can be emailed to ujappdocs@listsrv.uj.ac.za with the provisional reference/student number noted in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline

Applications open on 1 April of the year preceding the year of the intended study and close on 28 September.

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Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, and one of the largest urban areas in the world. It is South Africa’s chief industrial and financial metropolis. Johannesburg, or Jozi or Jo’Burg, as it is sometimes called, was founded in 1886, after gold was discovered on a farm in the area. Initially part of the independent Afrikaner republic, the Transvaal, it is today the provincial cap.. more

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, and one of the largest urban areas in the world. It is South Africa’s chief industrial and financial metropolis. Johannesburg, or Jozi or Jo’Burg, as it is sometimes called, was founded in 1886, after gold was discovered on a farm in the area. Initially part of the independent Afrikaner republic, the Transvaal, it is today the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest of South Africa’s nine provinces. Johannesburg is situated on the Highveld, the broad plateau that sweeps across the South African interior. It grew on the edge of the Witwatersrand Main Reef – a subterranean gold-bearing deposit that goes for hundreds of miles beneath the Highveld. Johannesburg has a temperate climate, enjoying about eight hours of sunlight per day in both winter and summer. Average summer temperatures are about 24 degrees Celsius, and average winter temperatures are about 13 degrees Celsius. The city can be prone to droughts, as average rainfall per year is quite low at 700 millimetres. Johannesburg has an urban population of over 5.7 million, and it is a genuine racial and linguistic melting pot, counting blacks, whites, coloureds and Asians among its population. There are over 10 languages spoken on a regular basis in Johannesburg. It is the commercial and financial heart of South Africa, being a centre of mining, manufacturing and finance. It produces 16% of South Africa’s GDP. All the mining houses, as well as the Chamber of Mines, are headquartered in the city. Practically all the banks, insurance companies and building societies in South Africa have their head offices in the city. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange lists more than 600 companies. The city equally boasts a rich, multi-faceted cultural life.

Although the city is not a standard touristic destination, it nonetheless serves as a connecting point to major touristic destinations in South Africa. Visits to the Apartheid Museum, as well as former townships, generate a lot of interest. The city is also fitted with an observation deck located at Carlton Centre in the Central Business District. There are several malls in Johannesburg, as well as theme parks and amusement parks. As far as landmarks go, the Cradle of Humankind is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Lesedi Cultural Village is another popular attraction. Johannesburg offers various wildlife viewing options, with the Johannesburg Zoo being one of the largest in the country. The Lion Park nature serve houses over 80 lions, and 1500 hectares Krugersdorp Nature Reserve is a forty-minute drive from the city centre Johannesburg is served principally by the OR Tumbo International Airport for both domestic and international flights. It shares a network of Metropolitan routes with Krugersdorp and Ekurhuleni. The Metrorail Gauteng commuter rail system connects central Johannesburg to Soweto, Pretoria and most of the satellite towns along the Witwatersrand. Johannesburg has a well-developed higher education system of both private and public universities, as well as several private colleges. It is also home to an award-winning film school. The city is home to higher education institutions like the University of Witwatersrand, Monash South Africa, and the University of Johannesburg. As an alpha global city, Johannesburg offers a wealth of experience that could prove useful to students willing to further their education in a metropolis.

As one of the youngest world major cities, Johannesburg has nonetheless experienced a vast amount of change. While it is the beating heart of South Africa, it has overcome over 20 years of decay and decline to become the rapidly changing, ever-evolving city it now is. The city centre is currently smarting up, with loft apartments and office developments being erected at a steady pace. Maboneng is considered one of the most successful urban-renewal projects in the world. The cost of living in the city is just over 8000 rands for a single person per month, without rent. As a town that welcomes students from across the world, this could prove relevant to decision-making. Johannesburg’s hipster-friendly appeal cannot be understated – it is a prominent area for many creative and cultural industries, and is home to the National School of Arts, The University of Witwatersrand’s School of the Arts and the South African Ballet Theatre, as well as the Johannesburg Art Gallery and other prominent cultural landmarks, such as the Mary Fitzgerald Square and numerous other museums, theatres, galleries and libraries.

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Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: January 2005
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