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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Knowledge and Work
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; FOTIM; HESA
Established: 1896
No of Students: 42,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Adam Habib
Campuses: East Campus; West Campus; Wits Education Campus; Wits Medical Campus; Wits Management Campus
Ranking: 2nd in Africa (QS World University Rankings)
Website: https://www.wits.ac.za/
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The University of the Witwatersrand is a multi-campus university in Johannesburg, South Africa. Commonly known as Wits University, or Wits, it is situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is the third oldest South African university in continuous operation, founded in 1896. It started out as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley, but in 1904 it was moved to Johannesburg and renamed Transvaal Technical Institute, becom.. more

The University of the Witwatersrand is a multi-campus university in Johannesburg, South Africa. Commonly known as Wits University, or Wits, it is situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is the third oldest South African university in continuous operation, founded in 1896. It started out as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley, but in 1904 it was moved to Johannesburg and renamed Transvaal Technical Institute, becoming Transvaal University College in 1906. It underwent several structural changes over the years, with its Johannesburg and Pretoria campuses separating to become autonomous institutions. The Johannesburg campus became the South African School of Mines and Technology, but was changed to University College, Johannesburg, and was granted full university status in 1922, after being incorporated as the University of Witwatersrand. It expanded between 1945 and the 1980s in a bid to accommodate the rapidly increasing student enrolment. Wits is divided into 5 academic campuses – the East Campus, the West Campus, Wits Education Campus, Wits Medical Campus and Wits Management Campus.

Wits University has a solid reputation as a high-performing University. It is currently ranked in the the top 1% of universities in the world. The Academic Ranking of World Universities places it as the highest-ranked University in Africa. Wits equally boasts a storied history of protest against Apartheid. In 1957 it signed along with four other universities the Open Universities in South Africa, committing itself to enrol students of all races. The University constantly defied Apartheid regulations with protests that were met with banning, deportation and detention of many students and staff. Wits is also known for its academic excellence and research activities – it was the first South African University to have a nuclear accelerator, a computer, to study building materials and early Afrikaans, as well as produce a systematic climatological atlas of Southern Africa. The University has constantly grown over the years to enrol over 40,000 students, with a 15,000 of those being postgraduate students. It’s full-time academic staff numbers over 1100.

Wits University offers several facilities for its students and staff. Its library facilities consist of two libraries and 12 branch libraries, with access to over 1.5 million books. Wits accommodates over 5000 students in a number of residences and student villages. It counts over 42 sports clubs, 60 student societies, the Wits Theatre, art galleries, a concert hall and 7 museums. As a leading African research institution, Wits runs physical and virtual Centres of Excellence (CoEs) to enable collaboration between researchers across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects. In 2004 the Department of Science & Technology and the National Research Foundation’s Centres of Excellence (DST-NRF CoEs) funding instrument was launched, with the establishment of seven CoEs. Since then, three additional CoEs were established between 2009 and 2013 with five new CoEs established in 2014.
Over the course of its history Wits has graduated students who have gone on to mark the world in various domains. Some of these include Nobel Prize Laureates like Nadine Gordimer (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1991), Aaron Klug (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1982), Nelson Mandela (Nobel Peace Prize, 1993), Sydney Brenner (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2002); but also, Gavin Hood (writer, producer, director), C.I. Hamilton (British naval historian), Dr Selig Percy Amoils, (inventor of the Cryoprobe).

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Faculties/Schools
Wits University counts 5 faculties with several schools and departments, as listed below.

Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management

School of Accountancy

School of Law

School of Economic and Business Sciences

  • Department of Economics
  • Dep.. more

Faculties/Schools
Wits University counts 5 faculties with several schools and departments, as listed below.

Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management

School of Accountancy

School of Law

School of Economic and Business Sciences

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Information Systems (IS)
  • Department of Insurance and Risk Management
  • Department of Management and Human Resource Management
  • Department of Marketing

Wits Business School

Wits School of Governance

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment

  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • School of Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering
  • School of Construction Economics & Management
  • School of Electrical & Information Engineering
  • School of Mechanical, Industrial & Aeronautical Engineering
  • School of Mining Engineering

 

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Anatomical Sciences

  • Department of Morphological Anatomy
  • Department of Structural Biology (Histology)
  • Department of Biological Anthropology

School of Clinical Medicine

  • Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care
  • Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Department of Family Medicine & Primary Care
  • Department of Forensic Medicine & Pathology
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Medical Physics
  • Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Department of Radiation Sciences
  • Department of Surgery
  • Trauma Unit

School of Oral Health Sciences

  • Department of Oral Rehabilitation
  • Department of Orthodontics & Paediatric Dentistry
  • Department of Oral Medicine & Periodontology
  • Department of Maxillofacial & Oral Surgery
  • Department of Oral Pathology
  • Department of Community Dentistry
  • Department of General Dental Practice
  • Department of Oral Biological Sciences

School of Pathology

  • Department of Chemical Pathology
  • Department of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
  • Department of Human Genetics
  • Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology
  • Department of Immunology

School of Physiology

School of Public Health

School of Therapeutic Sciences

  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Department of Pharmacy/Pharmacology
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine

Faculty of Humanities

Wits School of Arts

Wits School of Education

School of Human and Community Development

School of Literature, Language and Media

  • Department of African Languages
  • Department of African Literature
  • Department of Creative Writing
  • Department of English Studies
  • Department of French
  • Department of German
  • Department of Italian
  • Department of Journalism
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of Media Studies
  • Department of Portuguese
  • Department of Publishing Studies
  • Department of South African Sign Language
  • Department of Spanish
  • Department of Translation and Interpretation

School of Social Sciences

  • Department of History
  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Studies
  • Department of Social Anthropology
  • Department of Sociology.

 

Faculty of Science

  • School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
  • School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Geosciences
  • School of Mathematics
  • School of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • School of Physics
  • School of Statistics and Actuarial Science
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Admission Requirements
Wits University offers admission into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Admission requirements for local students are specific and demand that applicants download the University Prospectus, which can be gotten from the university website.

International Students
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Admission Requirements
Wits University offers admission into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Admission requirements for local students are specific and demand that applicants download the University Prospectus, which can be gotten from the university website.

International Students
To apply to Wits University, International students require;

  • A Matriculation Exemption

A matriculation exemption is a legal requirement for the first-degree study at a South African University.  Students with non-South African qualifications must have their school qualifications evaluated by the Matriculation Board that will then issue a certificate of exemption to those who qualify.

Application forms for Matriculation Exemption should be sent to:
Student Enrolment Centre, Private Bag 4, WITS, 2050

Including the following supporting documentation:

  • Form M30E (this form is included in the application package for study at Wits)
  • Correctly certified copies of your 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
  • The exemption fee is included in the non-refundable application fee charged to international applicants. This fee is applicable to all international applicants whether schooling in South Africa or not.
  • Sworn English translations of documents are required.

Please note:

  • Statements of results and high school transcripts are NOT accepted by the Matriculation Board
  • Certification by police or any ordinary Commissioner of Oaths is NOT accepted by the Matriculation Board.
  • Faxed and scanned copies are NOT acceptable
  • Students are advised to send two sets of certified copies of documents, one for application for Matriculation Exemption and one for application to programme (degree) studies

For additional information on Matriculation Exemption please visit http://mb.usaf.ac.za/exemption-process/

  • English Language Proficiency

Wits, as an English-medium university, requires that its students are proficient in English before they are accepted. An applicant, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, must have attained a certain level of proficiency in English, namely:

  • A pass in an examination equivalent to English at the Higher Grade (First or Second Language) at the South African matriculation level (or, for certain immigrants only, English at the Standard Grade [First Language] plus an A-level pass in the immigrant s home language);
  • A pass in the English Language at the GCSE/GCE/IGSCE Ordinary level (or equivalent examination);
  • For admission a pass in the:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum test score of 7.0;
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE) with a minimum of 185 points.

In exceptional cases, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be recognised by the University with a minimum test score of 600 to be proficient for admission.

The Wits Language School (WLS) offers English training to students who wish to improve their language skills. WLS offers non-academic courses for adult learners. It offers public classes, corporate training and private tuition. WLS takes pride in its excellent services, high-quality training programmes that have sound research and academic framework and the quality of its training personnel.

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Courses are designed for foreign and second language speakers and consist of six levels from pre- beginners to advanced level. An assessment test determines at which level students would start the course.

Wits Language School
Contact details:
Wits Language School
Private Bag X3, Wits, 2050
Tel: +27 11 717-4208
E-mail: wls@wits.ac.za
Website: www.wits.ac.za/witslanguageschool/

  • Foreign Qualification Entry Requirements which are available for download on the University website.

How to Apply

To apply online, go to: www.wits.ac.za/applications/

  1. You may apply for a maximum of three programmes (order of choice does not matter).
  2. If you apply for two programmes within one Faculty, you are advised to apply for one programme in a less restricted faculty (e.g. Humanities, Commerce or Science).
  3. Try to keep your options open, especially when applying for programmes in Faculties such as Health Sciences or Engineering.
  4. Do not enter the duration of the programme. You are applying to go into 1st year of study.
  5. non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens and R700 for foreign citizens is required.

Application Deadline

The application closing dates are January and April registration – 31st of October. July and September registration – 30th April.

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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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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Knowledge and Work
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; FOTIM; HESA
Established: 1896
No of Students: 42,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Adam Habib
Campuses: East Campus; West Campus; Wits Education Campus; Wits Medical Campus; Wits Management Campus
Ranking: 2nd in Africa (QS World University Rankings)
Website: https://www.wits.ac.za/
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