The University of the Witwatersrand has long been established in the industrial and commercial heart of South Africa as a centre for education and research of the highest quality. It is the University s mission to maintain and enhance its position as a leading university in the Republic of South Africa, in Africa and in the world by sustaining globally competitive standards of excellence in learning, teaching and research.
As a world class university, Wits fosters international research collaboration, staff and student exchanges and has hundreds of international students on its campus. Studying at Wits in Johannesburg offers you the opportunity of becoming part of, and being enriched by, an urban campus in interaction with a dynamic city, undergoing all the changes present in our society. This location is enhanced by a vibrant multi-ethnic cultural milieu, creating a stimulating and challenging environment for international students.
The University of the Witwatersrand is situated in Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of the African continent. Its urban setting contributes to the dynamism and vitality that characterises the University s approach to teaching, learning and research.
With its over 85 000 graduates, Wits has made - and will continue to make - its mark nationally and internationally.
Internationally we are building our relationships with other world-class universities, ranging from the Far East to Europe and America, and we are establishing new ties with Africa. Among others, Wits has links with the following institutions:
- Penn State University, Harvard University, Indiana University, United States
- Cambridge University, University of Warwick, England
- University of Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
- Thammasat University, Thailand
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- University of Queensland, Australia
- University of Rotterdam, Twente University, Netherlands
- Soka University, Japan
In recent years, the need to support the internationalization of higher education has become increasingly recognised. An education with an international stamp is necessary to prepare students for the labour market of tomorrow.
International students are an important part of the student community at Wits and the International Office is dedicated to supporting international students from the time of their arrival at Wits. The Office will assist students with renewal of study permits and re-entry visas as well as with accommodation requirements and orientation. These services are detailed in the Information Booklet for International Applicants, available from the International Office.