International Students

If you are facing any challenges at Wits as an International student, please let us know by emailing



Please take note that you can access the student self-service portal by clicking here.

Applying to Wits

If you would like to apply to Wits, please click on the "Applying to Wits" tab on the left and navigate through the appropriate options.

Pre-Departure Arrangements

Once you have been accepted to study at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg you need to undertake the following steps:

  • Letter of Acceptance from the University, sign and return to validate acceptance or accept offer on the Student Self Service Portal.
  • Valid Passport
  • Apply for Study Visa. (When collecting your Study Visa, check the date of issue and expiry. Ensure that the visa is issued for the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg or any of its variations
  • Apply for South African Medical Aid Cover with a registered South African Medical Aid Provider until 31 December (Refer to Medical Aid section under "Applying to Wits")
  • Travel arrangements to South Africa
  • Please carry a set of clothing in your hand luggage
  • Arrange for funds for fees and living expenses
  • Arrange for shuttle transfer to Wits University or place of residence
  • Undergraduate students should bring their Original School Leaving Certificates and /or Tertiary Qualifications for Matriculation Exemption

Arrival Information

Should you require an airport transfer, please complete the "Airport Transfer Request Form" which can be located and downloaded from the "Downloadable Forms" tab.
You may also utilise the Gautrain to get from the airport to Park station which is located in Braamfontein.  Click on the following weblink for more information about the
Gautrain You may also utilise private cab companies for airport transfers.

  • Maxi Taxi - Tel: +27 11 648 1212
  • Rose Taxi - Tel: +27 11 403 9625
  • Airport Link - Tel: +27 11 792 2017
  • Airport Shuttle - Tel: +27 86 174 88 85
  • Page Corporate Transport Services - Tel: +27 11 452 6970  

Click here to view the Rea Vaya Bus Routes

Click on link below to view or download 2015 International Students Handbook

ISO is situated on the Ground Floor of Senate House 
(just off the Concourse behind SEnC).

Contact details:
International Students Office
Ground Floor, Senate House
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Gauteng Province, Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27 11 717 1054; Fax: +27 11 717 1059

For admission and registration enquiries to 

Postal Address:
International Students Office
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Private Bag X3, Wits, 2050
Johannesburg, South Africa