Witswatersrand University, or Wits, creates more millionaires than any other university in South Africa. Apply now if you want to be a part of that statistic one day!
Any university’s primary mission is to foster freedom of inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge and truth. Wits have made a name for itself in this capacity, establishing itself as a high-quality teaching and research center in South Africa’s industrial and commercial heartland.
Wits’ mission is to build on this foundation in a way that recognizes the university’s current responsibilities in South Africa, and to maintain and enhance its position as a leading university in the Republic, Africa, and the world by upholding globally competitive standards of excellence in learning, teaching, and research.
Wits University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and certifications, as well as short courses, part-time and online options. The application period for the academic year 2023 is currently open.
What You Need To Know About Wits
- The Actuarial Society of South Africa welcomed 52 new Fellow Actuaries into the profession in 2019, with 17 of them being Wits graduates, the most from any single university in South Africa, as well as the most demographically diverse.
- Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize named Wits Professor Johnny Mahlangu as Chairperson of the South African Medical Research Council’s board of directors in 2019.
- Wits University has one of the greatest fossil collections in the southern hemisphere and are a world leader in the field of palaeosciences. For than a century, Wits scientists have contributed to the palaeosciences record.
- The University owns the Sterkfontein Cave (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Wits Rural Facility in Mpumalanga, and half of the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, a private teaching hospital.
- Our medical school is one of the greatest on the continent, and we train more specialists and super-specialists than any other university in southern Africa through the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.
- Wits will be home to Africa’s second IBM Research Laboratory, one of only 12 such mega-labs in the world.
- Wits staff and students have access to 1 206 144 book volumes, 150 012 print and electronic journal titles, 234 online databases,, and over 3 300 historical, political,, and cultural collections, some of which are being digitised for preservation, from the mid-17th century to the present.
- The Wits Arts Museum, located in Wits’ cultural arc, is one of Johannesburg’s most popular tourist destinations, with over 9000 objects.
- Dikgang Moseneke, the previous Chancellor of the University, is a former Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa. Two of South Africa’s post-1994 Chief Justices of the Constitutional Court were graduates of Wits Law School, one of the country’s top law schools.
- Commerce, Law, and Management:
Accounting, Business Sciences, Economics and Finance, Law, and other related fields Wits School of Governance, Wits Business School.
- Engineering and the Built Environment:
Civil and environmental engineering, chemical and metallurgical engineering, construction economics and management, electrical and information engineering, mechanical, industrial, and aeronautical engineering, mining engineering.
- Health Sciences:
Pathology, Physiology, Public Health, Therapeutic Sciences, Anatomical Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Oral Health Sciences, Pathology, Physiology, Public Health, Therapeutic Sciences.
Wits University’s School of the Arts, Human and Community Development, Literature, Language and Media, and Social Sciences are all offered at Wits School of Education.
Geosciences, Mathematics, Molecular and Cell Biology, Physics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science, Animal, Plant,, and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics, Geography, Archaeology,, and Environmental Sciences, Geography, Archaeology.
WITS Application Closing Dates
- Faculty of Health Sciences (all programs) – 30 June 2022 Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology, and Bachelor of Film and Television Production
- All other University programs will end on September 30, 2022.
How To Apply To Wits
- Choose your programs at https://www.wits.ac.za/study-at-wits/
- Please upload any supporting papers.
- Matriculants Currently enrolled: Upload your Grade 11 results in their final form. Your results must be confirmed and stamped by your school.
- Already Matriculated? Upload certified copies of all of your matric/foreign school leaving certificates. Hand deliver, registered mail, or courier a physical/hard copy of the original certified certificates to the Wits Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC), Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (Senate House), Wits University.
- Other Higher Education Institutions: For ALL tertiary registrations, upload a certified copy of academic records, including a a statement/certificate of good behavior stamped by the institution’s registrar.
- Payment of the application fee
- Send in your application.
- Use the self-service site to get started.
- If you’re chosen, you’ll have to decide whether to accept or reject the offer.
- The University will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application. A person’s phone number will be included in the acknowledgement email.
WITS Application Fees
- For South African nationals, there is a non-refundable application fee of R100.
- R700 non-refundable application cost for foreign nationals
- Payments must be made before the deadlines.
- As a reference, use your T Number of Person Number.
- Make a direct deposit into the University’s Application Fee account in the precise amount.
Payment information can be found on this Wits page
Additional Forms And Selection Procedures
- NBTs are required for all BSc, Health Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Social Work applicants.
- On or before August 14, 2022, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology applicants, as well as Health Science applicants, must take the NBT.
- Applicants for social work must take the NBT by October 31, 2022.
- Both NBT tests are required for BSc applicants.
- Audition requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art
- Portfolio requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television
- Audition/interview requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Music – Requirements for Audition
- Additional requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts
- Engineering and the Built Environment
- Exercises for the Bachelor of Architectural Studies
- Health Sciences:
Applicants for physiotherapy and occupational therapy must additionally complete observation hours and submit a Certificate of Attendance.