UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

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An international student is defined as a student who is neither a South African national nor a permanent resident of South Africa at the time of registration.

75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee. This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.  The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students two months after registration. 

This excludes students with Refugee status. 

Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay annual local tuition fees and related costs.  The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Who pays International Fees?

  • International Students who are married (including same sex marriages) to SA citizens or permanent residents – pay international fees until they have obtained SA citizenship or permanent residency.
  • International Students who are in life partnerships with SA citizens or permanent residents – pay International fees until they have obtained SA citizenship or permanent residency.
  • International Students who pay SA taxes (e.g. contract workers or temporary residents) – the criterion of paying tax in South Africa does not change a person’s immigration status and as such it is not sufficient for a reduction in international fees.
  • International Students who pay SADC taxes – paying tax in a SADC country does not change a person’s immigration status and as such does not qualify for exemption from international fees.
  • SA & SADC Temporary Residents – If there is an expiry visa date and if individuals are required to renew residence status periodically, then such individuals are not permanent residents of the country and do not qualify to pay local fees.
  • SA Permanent Resident Applicants under Review (including those married to SA residents/citizens) – there is no guarantee that permanent residence status will be granted. Until such status is granted, international fees apply.
  • International Students who are children of South African citizens or Permanent Residents – pay international fees until they themselves have obtained SA citizenship or permanent residency.

Fees breakdown for International Students for 2015 

 

UNDERGRADUATE (UG)

POSTGRADUATE (PG)

   NOTES

SADC
(Full time, Part time1, PG/Block Release – for Degree and Diploma Qualifications and Study Abroad/Occasional)

Local tuition fees +R5030

Local tuition fees + R5030

As per the higher education agreement between South Africa and Rwanda, students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as SADC students.                                            
1 If working in South Africa on a valid Work/Business visa you are required to apply for an endorsement to study part-time

Outside of SADC
(Full time, Part time1, PG/Block Release – for Degree and Diploma Qualifications and Study Abroad/Occasional)

All Faculties

Double local tuition

Local tuition fees + R5030

 

As per the higher education agreement between South Africa and Rwanda, students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as SADC students.                                            
1 If working in South Africa on a valid Work/Business visa you are required to apply for an endorsement to study part-time

Study Abroad/Occasional
Outside of SADC

R54 820 per semester          

R54 820 per semester

 

Refugees
(Full time, Part time, PG/Block Release for Degree and Diploma Qualifications Study Abroad/Occasional)

Pay local tuition only
(On South African terms)

Pay local tuition only
(On South African terms)

 

Asylum Seekers
(Full time, Part time, PG/Block Release – for Degree and Diploma Qualifications and Study Abroad/Occasional)

Local tuition fees + R5030

Local tuition fees + R5030

 

Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa
(Full time, Part time, PG/Block Release – for Degree and Diploma Qualifications and Study Abroad/Occasional)

Local tuition fees + R5030

Local tuition fees + R5030

Fees apply whilst student’s diplomatic status is valid; proof is required for each year of registration.  Should status end the student will revert to their nationality status and all regular international registration fees will apply accordingly.

International Wits employees and their dependents
(Full time, Part time1, PG/Block Release – for Degree and Diploma Qualifications and Study Abroad/Occasional)

Local tuition fees + R5030

Local tuition fees + R5030

Staff bursaries are managed via HR and a CLTD application process for permanent employees of the University.
1 If working in South Africa on a valid Work/Business visa you are required to apply for an endorsement to study part-time

Short Courses
(Certificates of Attendance and Competence)

Local tuition fees + R5030

Local tuition fees + R5030

 

International Affiliates

All visiting international students and academics who are not registering for degree courses but wish to be affiliated to Wits whilst pursuing their own research towards studies at their own university will pay fees, in advance, as follows:

  • R1 980 per month
  • R22 860 per annum

This is administered via the respective School / Faculty.

Please note that fees are increased annually depending on inflation and University operational needs.