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The International Students Office seeks to complement the services provided by faculties and academic departments to international students.

External to the University, the office interfaces with foreign representatives in South Africa, the Department of Home Affairs, Medical Aid providers, the SA Medical Schemes Council, the Matriculation Board and Universities South Africa (USA) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

The office offers the following non-academic services:

  • Provide information on Wits and on studying (and living) in South Africa,
  • Provide information and guidance on obtaining a Matriculation Exemption,
  • Advice on immigration issues - application procedure for study visas and renewals of study visas,
  • Provide information on South African approved medical aid service providers,
  • Ensure that all international students are in compliance with university and government requirements prior to registration

In cooperation with the Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO), the International Students Office also facilitates the Semester Study Abroad Programme as well as other programmes creating opportunities for Wits students to study/conduct research at partner universities abroad.

Contact us

Physical Address:
Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House

Ms Gita Patel
Telephone: +27 11 717 1056
Ms Busi Mamabolo
Senior Administrative Officer
Telephone: +27 11 717 1053
Ms Masego Bosilong
Programme Administrator: Study Abroad (Inbound and Outbound)
Telephone: +27 11 717 1055
Mr Moses Pieterse
Coordinator: International Projects
Telephone: +2711 717 1052
Mr Stephen Mongwe
Office Administrator – Front Office
Telephone: +27 11 717 1054
Ms Simphiwe Goba
Administrator: FSA Loan
Telephone: +27 11 717 4306

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Gauteng Province, Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27 11 717 1054


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

For admission and registration enquiries to