University of the Witwatersrand South Africa

Wits University is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa – a vibrant, leading commercial city on the African continent. The history of Wits is linked with mining, academic excellence, and with political and civic activism.

The origins of Wits University lie in the South African School of Mines, which was established in Kimberley in 1896 and transferred to Johannesburg as the Transvaal Technical Institute in 1904, becoming the Transvaal University College in 1906 and renamed the South African School of Mines and Technology four years later. Other departments were added as Johannesburg grew and in 1920 the name was changed to the University College, Johannesburg.

Full university status was granted in 1922, incorporating the College as the University of the Witwatersrand, with effect 1 March. Seven months later the inauguration of the University was duly celebrated. Prince Arthur of Connaught, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, became the University’s first Chancellor, and Professor Jan H. Hofmeyr its first Principal. Building began at Milner Park on a site donated to the University by the Johannesburg municipality.

University of the Witwatersrand South Africa Offered Courses | Programmes

University of the Witwatersrand South Africa Tuition Fees

  • Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered.
  • Charges ancillary to tuition fees, such as charges for course notes or for excursion costs are not included in the amounts listed. Club memberships fees are also not listed. These additional amounts will be reflected on the student’s fee account.
  • Other Costs: Students also need to budget for books, stationery and travel costs, as well as pocket money and sundry expenses.

Fees Booklet

2022 University Fees Book

University of the Witwatersrand South Africa Admission

Undergraduate admission requirements

Please see the table for admission requirements for your chosen degree: International undergraduate admissions requirements 2022


  • Find an academic programme.
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre.
  • Before applying, PhD/Masters by Dissertation applicants should contact the school concerned to identify a suitable supervisor for their intended studies.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply online. An application guideline is available here.
  • No more than two choices of degree and/or diploma are permitted.
  • Please take note of closing dates, admissions requirements and general regulations.
  • All postgraduate applicants are required to pay an application fee of R200. Current University of the Witwatersrand students who apply online are not liable for this fee. 

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