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The International Students Office (ISO) is a small but energetic team and seeks to complement services provided by Faculties and academic departments to international students.

ISO is the hub of information for international students from over sixty countries, many of which are from the African continent. This provides the office with a unique position to promote internationalisation both at home and abroad.

The ISO offers support to international students which includes:

  • Compliance with the Immigration Regulations of South Africa when registering,
  • Guidance for the application of study visas and the renewal,
  • Providing information and facilitating Matriculation Exemption applications for international students with a foreign matric,
  • Promoting and contributing to events hosted by the International Student Sub-Council (ISSC),
  • Facilitating city and cultural orientation and excursions.

The office also welcomes study-abroad students.  This is a great opportunity for students from partner universities to immerse themselves in the vibrant and innovative activities on campus, in the city and South Africa. 

The International Students Office also promotes study abroad opportunities to students registered at Wits University to spend one or two semesters at partner universities for non-degree purposes. For this mobility to take place, there must be a signed fee waiver exchange agreement in place. 

Ms Gita Patel

Head, International Office
Telephone: +27 11 717 1056

Mrs Busi Mamabolo

Senior Administrative Officer
Telephone: +27 11 717 1053

Mr Yanga Gqirana

Office Administrator: Zimbabwean Scholarship and US Federal Aid Loan
Telephone: +27 11 717 4306

Ms Masego Bosilong

Programme Administrator: Study Abroad (Inbound and Outbound)
Telephone: +27 11 717 1055

Ms Neo Bodibe

Office Administrator: Front Office
Telephone: +27 11 717 1054

General Enquiries and Letter of Undertaking for study visas:
International Clearance to register: e-mail:

Physical Address:
Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House | University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg | 
Jorissen Street | Braamfontein | Johannesburg | Gauteng Province | Republic of South Africa
Postal Address:
International Students Office | University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg | Private Bag X3 | Wits | 2050 | Johannesburg | South Africa