Wits Admission Requirement Foreign School-Leaving Qualification

By | August 3, 2019

Wits Admission Requirement Foreign School-Leaving Qualification

International Students

The University is a popular destination for international students. Our growing international student population provides the perfect mix of academic excellence and cultural diversity. If you intend studying at Wits, you will need to meet certain admission requirements and be in possession of a certificate of exemption, a study visa, South African based medical aid cover and that you have a good command of the English language.


Applying to Wits

Matriculation exemption

All International students with non-South African qualifications require a certificate of exemption from the Matriculation Board of South Africa for admission into undergraduate studies.

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

Email: studysa.international@wits.ac.za

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
  • Exemption fee 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 Exemptions see the Matriculation Board website http://www.hesa-enrol.ac.za/exemption-process

Medical Aid

In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998.

Although you might be able to secure a study visa with other types of medical products, be they South African or otherwise, the University of the Witwatersrand only accepts South African Medical Aid products.

To comply with the regulations, the University requires a membership certificate as proof of full Medical Aid cover with a South African based medical aid scheme for the full calendar year, until 31 December of that year.

To avoid unnecessary complications, please make the necessary financial arrangements with the medical aid provider prior to your entry into South Africa. Should you rely on sponsorship, please ensure that you advise your sponsor of this requirement as soon as you get sponsorship or acceptance. The required medical aid cover fee must be paid directly to the Medical Aid Company, separate to that of the tuition fees.

Students will not receive a Clearance Certificate unless they can show a membership certificate as proof of a valid and comprehensive medical aid cover for the duration of the academic year (until 31 December), without a Clearance Certificate they cannot register at the Institution.

Students who are members or dependents on a South African based parent/guardian/spousal/work medical aid are required to present a recent membership certificate for the annual registration. The membership certificate must reflect active membership for the current year.

Medical Aids with Weekly Consulting Hours at Wits Campus

The above products have guaranteed that cancellation of coverage will not be refunded without written communication from the International Students Office confirming the student’s deregistration/completion status.

Factors to take into consideration when comparing and selecting medical cover options and benefits offered for your specific needs.  Compare the benefits as summarised 2015 Medical Aid Cover Guide.pdf.

If you wish to use other SA Medical Aid Products you will have to ensure the following:

  • The certificate/letter confirming membership must be for the current year

For more details about all Medical Aid providers in South Africa, contact:

SA Medical Scheme
http://www.medicalschemes.com
0861 123 267 / +27 12 431 0500

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 English Language at the GCSE/GCE/IGSCE Ordinary level (or equivalent examination);
  • A pass in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a score of at least 7.0. Information, including application forms and dates when tests are held, may be obtained from:

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
Fax: +27 11 717-4219
E-mail: wls@wits.ac.za
Website: http://www.witslanguageschool.com/

British Council at the British Embassy or Consulate in your country or British Council in Johannesburg
British Council in Johannesburg
275 Jan Smuts Avenue, Dunkeld Corner, Dunkeld West
Tel: +27 11 560 9300
Fax: +27 11 560 9301
E-mail: ssa.enquiries@britishcouncil.org&nbsp
The University prefers the applicant to take the IELTS, however consideration will be given should an applicant have a pass in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language ) which is equivalent to the IELTS 7.0 

Foreign Qualification Entry Requirements

Qualifcation Commerce and Law Engineering and the Built Environment Humanities Health Sciences Science
Ordinary level
(O-level) International General Certificate Secondary Education (IGCSE) (for mature age exemption only)
(Commerce – not eligible) Not eligible Pass in English Language plus selection test. (Excluding BA Law & Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy). Not eligible Not eligible
Advanced level
(A-level)
BAccSc, BEconSc = Maths Grade A, B.

BCom = Maths Grade A, B or C.

Law = Pass in English and Maths.

Engineering = Maths & Physics Grade A, B & C.

Chemical Eng & Metallurgy also require Chemistry Grade A, B, C.

All Built Environ = Pass in Maths.

Pass in English Language O/A level.

(BA Law & Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy including pass in Maths).

O-level English as well as three A-level subjects.

Dental Science: Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry- Grade A, B & C.

All other: Maths and a choice of two from Biology, Physics or Chemistry Grade A,B & C.

Maths and Physics (as per degree requirements)

Grade A, B or C.

Advanced Subsidiary (AS-level) BAccSc & BEconSc = Maths Grade A

BCom = Maths Grade A or B
Law = Pass in English and Maths.

Physics, Maths Grade A, B or C.

Built Environment = Pass in English & Maths.

Pass in English Language.

(BA Law & Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy including pass in Maths).

O-level English as well as four AS-level subjects.

Dental Science: Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry – Grade A & B.

All other: Maths and a choice of two from Biology, Physics or Chemistry Grade A & B.

Maths and Physics (as per degree requirements)

Grade A, B or C.

International
Baccalaureate
(IB Diploma)
BCom = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method)
Grade 4-7.

BAccSc = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method)
Grade 5-7.

BEconSc = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method)
Grade 6-7.

Law = Pass in English and Maths.

Engineering = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method), English & Physics 5-7 (SL) 4-7 (HL).

Built Environment = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method & English).

Pass in English Language.

BA Law & Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy including pass in Maths (HL,SL or Maths Method).

Dental Science: English, Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry – Grade 5-7 (SL) and Grade 4-7 (HL).

All other: English, Maths, Biology, Physics or Chemistry – Grade 5-7 (SL) and Grade 4-7 (HL).

Maths and Physics (as per degree requirements) HL, SL & Maths Method
Grade 4-7.
Higher
International
General Certificate of Secondary
Education (HIGCSE)
BCom = Maths Grade 1-3.

BAccSc & BEconSc Maths
Grade 1-2.

Law = Pass in English and Maths.

Engineering = Maths & Physics.

Built Environment = English & Maths.

Pass in English Language.

(BA Law & Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy including pass in Maths).

Dental Science: English, Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry-Grade 1-3.

All other: English, Maths and Biology, Physics or Chemistry – Grade 1-3.

Maths and Physics (as per degree requirements)
Grade 1-3.

Other foreign qualifications are considered according to faculty requirements