How to Apply for Admission at University of the Witwatersrand WITS

STEP 1 – Apply Online

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.
  6. For assistance call the Wits Student Call Centre on +27 (0) 11 717 1888.


How to pay
Deposit exact amount into the University’s Application Fee account:



  • Standard Bank, Account name: Wits University – Application Fees. Current Account Number: 200 346 385, Branch code: Braamfontein 004 805. CI Number 074A. (International payment swift code: SBZAZAJJ). Use your person/student number as a reference.
  • Pay by cash or credit card at the Wits Fees Office, Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (Senate House), Braamfontein Campus East, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Use your person/student number as a reference.
  • EFT – Use your Person/Student number as the reference.

How to pay

Payments to the University can be made in the form of a bank draft issued in South African currency of “ZAR” and made payable to the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, or by electronic transfer into the following accounts:

Undergraduate

  • For the application fee: Standard Bank; Braamfontein branch; branch code: 004805; account number: 200 346 385. Swift code: SBZAZAJJ. Use your person number as the reference.
  • For fees and the annual International Registration fee: Standard Bank; Braamfontein branch; branch code: 004805; account number: 002 891 697. Swift code: SBZAZAJJ. The person number must be used as the reference. Please fax proof of payment to 27 11 717 4918.
  • If you are in South Africa: cash payment can be made either at the Cashier Office at Wits University or at any Standard Bank branch; Braamfontein branch; branch code: 004805; account number: 002 891 697. If fees are transferred electronically please quote your person number as the reference.

Students will not be registered for programmes (degrees) if they do not pay 75% of the annual fees (tuition, international registration fee and on campus accommodation) prior to registration or have evidence of sponsorship. For more information call 27 11 717 1530

Postgraduate

  • For the application fee: Standard Bank; Braamfontein branch; branch code: 004805; account number: 200 346 385. Swift code: SBZAZAJJ. Use your person number as the reference.
  • For fees and the annual International Registration fee : Standard Bank; Braamfontein branch; branch code: 004805; account number: 002 891 697. Swift code: SBZAZAJJ. Please fax proof of payment to 27 11 717 4918. The person number must be used as the reference.
  • If you are in South Africa: cash payment can be made either at the Cashier Office at Wits University or at any Standard Bank branch; Braamfontein branch; branch code: 004805; account number: 002 891 697. If fees are transferred electronically please quote your person number as the reference.

Students will not be registered for programmes (degrees) if they do not pay 75% of the annual fees (tuition, international registration fee and on campus accommodation) prior to registration or have evidence of sponsorship. 

STEP 2 – Acknowledgement of Application

  1. You will receive an email from the University acknowledging receipt of your application.
  2. The acknowledgment letter will contain a person number (which will become your student number), and a reference person for you to contact for any queries you may have.
  3. All records of correspondence from the University will be available on the student self-service portal https://self-service.wits.ac.za
  4. Check the status of your application and to do items on the student self-service portal regularly.
  5. Keep your contact details up-to-date on self-service.

To view all correspondence generated on the Self Service Portal, go to the Main Menu > Self Service > Wits Student Self Service > Communication History

To check your Application Status on the Self Service go to the Main Menu > Self Service > Student Centre > Admissions > View Academic Application Status

To make an amendment to your study choices, please complete the Undergraduate Amendment Form and email it to applications.senc@wits.ac.za

STEP 3 – Upload Supporting Documents

  1. If you did not upload supporting documents at the time of application, you can still do so via the student self-service portal https://self-service.wits.ac.za
  2. Log in with your person number and the first six digits of your ID.
  3. Current Matriculants: Upload your final Grade 11 results. 
  4. Already Matriculated: Upload certified copies of all your matric certificates/foreign school leaving certificates.
  5. Other Tertiary Institutions: Upload a certified copy of official academic records for ALL tertiary registrations, inclusive of statement/certificate of good conduct, stamped by the institution’s registrar. (Note that interim, self-service generated results will be considered for initial assessment purposes for GEMP applicants ONLY).

Download the Self-Service Guide here.

STEP 4 – Acceptance of Offer

  • Current Matriculants may be made a conditional offer (depending on Grade 11 results). Please note that certain programmes have additional selection criteria (interview/audition/NBT).
  • Firm offers can only be confirmed after receiving final matric results.
  • Each choice of degree is treated as a separate application. The order of choice makes no difference.
  • Communication offering a firm place and information about registration and orientation programmewill reflect on the self service portal, and registration and orientation details will be available on the Wits website.
  • Places are limited, therefore you may only accept one offer. You are required to respond to the offer within a few days to secure your place.

Changed your mind about your choice of study?

  • DO NOT submit a new application!
  • Refer to the closing dates to see if applications are still open for your new selection.
  • If you are certain you want to change your programme choice, contact your Admissions Consultant to request the amendment to be processed. It is advisable to avoid multiple changes.
  • Should your contact details change (e.g. email, residential or postal address or contact numbers) update your new details on the student self-service portal: https://self-service.wits.ac.za

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