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Foreign Postgraduate Studies

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to provide high-quality postgraduate training both in a formal degree setting and in short-term experiential training. Wits University is widely regarded as one of the top Universities on the African continent and we are at the forefront of medical research.

Foreign Postgraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences are classified as Supernumerary Registrars.

Academic and experiential training is provided in the three Academic hospitals attached to the Faculty of Health Sciences: The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and the Helen Joseph Hospital/Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital Complex. 

Due to legislative requirements, the application process for non-South African doctors to study at the University of the Witwatersrand is a very long process. All foreign doctors wishing to study in South Africa (short- and long-term) are required to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) prior to commencing their studies with the University.

The SNR programme is in place to provide training to foreign postgraduate students who do NOT intend to remain in South Africa on completion of their studies. This means that non-South African citizens who have refugee or permanent residence status are not eligible to join the university in a SNR position. SNR’s are contractually bound to leave South Africa upon completion of their studies.

There are two main categories of foreign postgraduate students (Supernumerary Registrars):