The Wits International Office (WIO) is strategically positioned to lead and facilitate all internationalisation facets of the university. To mention a few, these range from attracting and recruiting international students and providing relevant services to them, facilitating the internationalisation strategy of the University, building and maintaining the University"s international partnerships and collaborations and receiving international visitors/delegations.
External to the University, the WIO interfaces with foreign representatives in South Africa, The Department of Home Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Education, Medical Aid providers and the SA Medical Schemes Council, the Matriculation Board and Higher Education South Africa (HESA); SAQA, and other International Education forums
To this extent the WIO seeks to complement the services provided by faculties and academic departments to international students.
The WIO offers the following services:
Information on Wits and on studying (and living) in South Africa,
Information and guidance on obtaining a Matriculation Exemption,
Advise on immigration issues,
o Application procedure for study permits and renewals of existing study permits,
Information on South African approved medical aid service providers,
Issue clearance certificates to all international students, to ensure compliance with university and government requirements prior to registration,
Orientation of new students to campus and city life
WIO co-ordinates the Semester Study Abroad Programme, create and manage exchange opportunities for Wits students with our partner universities abroad, advises and assists students with immigration matters. WIO also facilitates and manages collaborative projects with international governments and institutions.