Apply to the University of Witwatersrand


You’ll find a breakdown of how to apply to the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) below.  We’ve got instructions on the online application process AND the hardcopy application.  Tertiary education is just a few steps away!  Ready to start applying?  Let’s get started.

Wits Application Breakdown

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the application cycle.  Applications close at the end of June for all specialised programmesand at the end of September for all other programmes.  Postgraduate application dates vary depending on the programme – find a breakdown of the dates on their website.

Before you begin applying online or in hardcopy, have a look at our infographic on Things to Remember Before Applying.

Have you calculated your APS? You’ll need to do this before applying.

Apply to Wits residence

You will be able to apply for student accommodation online.  Please note that the closing date for applications is 30 September and you will need to pay a residence application fee.  This fee will need to paid to the Central Accommodation office with the questionnaire you receive after applying.

Apply to Wits using the online application

Things to note before applying online to Wits:

  1. You’ll need an email address to complete the application.
  2. South African applicants will need an ID number.  Foreign applicants will need their passport number.
  3. Make sure you have your documents ready to upload.
  4. Some degree programmes require additional documents.  Check out which programmes require extra documents.

How to apply online

Wits has one online application portal for all applicants. From here, you will be able to complete a new academic or residence application, continue with an existing application or apply for a programme if you are already enrolled at Wits.

Application fees for Wits

South Afric an

 citizens will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of R100 and international applicants are required to pay a R700 application fee.  This fee will need to be paid before the application closing date.  

Residence application fees vary depending on whether you are allocated a single or double room.  Single room applicants will need to pay an application fee of R610 while double room applicants are required to pay an application fee of R110.

Submitting of results and documents

Here’s a breakdown:  you will need to submit your latest academic results with your application form.  International applicants will need to submit a certified copy of their latest school report.  If you are currently rewriting certain matric subjects, you will need to inform Wits of the subjects you are doing.  

Are you a transferring student?  If yes, you will need to submit a copy of your published academic results that is stamped by the institution’s Registrar and signed by the Faculty Officer.  You will also need to ask the institution to send your full academic record and a certificate of good conduct to the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC).  This is a pretty important part if your application process. 

You will be able to check your application status and find out if further documents are required.

Contact the University of Witwatersrand:

For more information on how to apply to Wits, you can visit their website.

Alternatively, you can contact the Wits Admissions Department using the following number:

Tel: +27 (011) 717 1888