Wits, as an English-medium university requires that its students are proficient in English before they are accepted. An applicant, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level, must have attained a certain level of proficiency in English, namely:
- A pass in an examination equivalent to English at the Higher Grade (First or Second Language) at the South African matriculation level (or, for certain immigrants only, English at the Standard Grade [First Language] plus an A-level pass in the immigrant s home language);
- A pass in English Language at the GCSE/GCE/IGSCE Ordinary level (or equivalent examination);
- A pass in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a score of at least 7.0. Information, including application forms and dates when tests are held, may be obtained from IH Johannesburg - Language Lab, Braamfontein, Johannesburg or from the British Council at the British Embassy or Consulate in your country. The Language Lab also offers IELTS Preparation Workshops on certain Saturdays. Please contact them directly for information regarding this.
Language Lab - ih Joburg
54 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 339 2484, Fax: +27 86 552 5007
British Council in Johannesburg
275 Jan Smuts Avenue, Dunkeld Corner, Dunkeld West
Tel: +27 11 560 9300, Fax: +27 11 560 9301
The University prefers the applicant to take the IELTS, however consideration will be given should an applicant have a pass in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language ) which is equivalent to the IELTS 7.0
The Wits Language School offers English training to students who wish to improve their language skills. The WLS is now part of the Faculty of Humanities and is closely linked to the School of Literature and Languages Studies, which offers academic programmes. WLS offers non-academic courses for adult learners. It offers public classes, corporate training and private tuition. WLS takes pride in its excellent services, high quality training programmes that have sound research and academic framework and the quality of its training personnel.
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Courses are designed for foreign and second language speakers and consist of six levels from pre- beginners to advanced level. An assessment test determines at which level students would start the course.
Contact details for WLS:
Wits Language School
Private Bag 3, Wits, 2050
Tel: 27 11 717-4208
Fax: 27 11 717-4219