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Applying to Wits

Matriculation Exemption

A matriculation exemption is a legal requirement for first-degree study at a South African University.  Students with non-South African qualifications must have their school qualifications evaluated by the Matriculation Board that will then issue a certificate of exemption to those who qualify.

Application forms for Matriculation Exemption should be sent to:
Student Enrolment Centre, Private Bag 4, WITS, 2050

Including the following supporting documentation:

  • Form M30E (this form is included in the application package for study at Wits)
  • Correctly certified copies of your educational qualifications certified by a South African High Commission, Consulate, Trade Mission or a Public Notary in your home country
  • A correctly certified copy of your passport or birth certificate certified by a South African High Commission, Consulate, Trade Mission or a Public Notary in your home country
  • The exemption fee is included in the non-refundable application fee charged to international applicants. This fee is applicable to all international applicants whether schooling in South Africa or not.
  • Sworn English translations of documents are required.

Please note:

  • Statements of results and high school transcripts are NOT accepted by the Matriculation Board
  • Certification by police or any ordinary Commissioner of Oaths is NOT accepted by the Matriculation Board.
  • Faxed and scanned copies are NOT acceptable
  • Students are advised to send two sets of certified copies of documents, one for application for Matriculation Exemption and one for application to programme (degree) studies

For additional information on Matriculation Exemption please visit

English Language Proficiency

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);
  • For admission a pass in the:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum test score of 7.0;
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE) with a minimum of 185 points.

In exceptional cases, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be recognised by the University with a minimum test score of 600 to be proficient for admission.

The Wits Language School (WLS) offers English training to students who wish to improve their language skills. 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.

Wits Language School
Contact details:
Wits Language School
Private Bag X3, Wits, 2050
Tel: +27 11 717-4208

Foreign Qualification Entry Requirements