Frequently asked questions
PAYMENT OF FEES
The payment of fees for all courses is the responsibility of the individual attending the course. Wits policy requires that all fees be paid prior to registration. Payment can be made by electronic transfer or bank deposits. You will then need to bring your original proof of payment to registration day, the dates of which will be provided in your acceptance letter.
Please note: Wits Plus does NOT accept cash at the Wits Plus offices.
CANCELLATION OF A SHORT COURSE
A course registration may be cancelled more than three (3) weeks before the commencement of lectures and will incur a 10% penalty. If a registration is cancelled within three (3) weeks of the start of the course, the participant will be entitled to a 50% refund of the tuition fee. Cancellations thereafter will not be entitled to a refund and we do not permit automatic attendance at the next round of the course.
Lectures for semester 1 commence in February and end in June and lectures for semester 2 will commence in the second week of July and end in November. Each course ends as lecturers complete the stated number of lectures. Wits usually have a one-week break in the middle of the semester.
Contact our International Students Office to ensure that you meet all immigration requirements to attend short certificate courses. All foreign nationals must visit the International Students Office prior to registration for a clearance. For more information the International Students Office can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 11 717 1054.
Courses longer than three months (90 days)
- A work or business visa permitting employment in South Africa. This visa must be valid for the duration of the degree or course.
- Proof of medical aid cover with a South African based medical aid scheme for the full calendar year, until 31 December of that year.
- Proof that the 75% of the year’s tuition fees and related costs have been paid on or before registration. The balance of the fees is due within two months after your registration.
Courses less than three months (90 days)
- A visitor’s visa
- Proof that the course fees and related costs are paid on or before registration
All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required to pay a non-refundable annual International Registration Fee (IRF). Click here for more information about fees.
Please note: Wits Plus, University of the Witwatersrand, reserves the right to withdraw a course from its offerings should registrations not reach viable numbers. In this event a full refund will be made or students will be allowed to transfer the paid fees to another course.
THE UNIVERSITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW A COURSE IF MINIMUM REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT ACHIEVED
Minimum class size for 100 level courses is 20 students.
Minimum class size for 200 level courses is 10 students.
Minimum class size for 300 level courses is 10 students.
We regret that we are unable to offer short course participants borrowing rights to the Wits Library, however you are allowed to sit and work in the library with the available material. Remember the World Wide Web (www) offers a superb source of information on a vast range of topics and can usefully support your studies. Often textbooks are now supported by a publisher’s website. Ask your lecturer to recommend their favourite websites.
TEXTBOOKS / NOTES
Certain courses include the provision of a textbook and this is made clear in the course information for the specific course. In other instances participants need to purchase their own textbooks. Course outlines are supplied by the lecturer for each course. Notes are distributed at the discretion of the lecturer should he/she consider this to be desirable. There is no additional charge for course notes.
ASSESSMENTS AND RESULTS FOR COURSES
Examinations or formal assessments are run once for each course at the end of the period of tuition. The results will be available for collection by the student as we receive the information from lecturers in the Wits Plus office – it will usually be available about a month after you have written your final exam. We will inform you when the results and certificates are ready for collection. Wits Plus students will also receive a link to their latest results via email.
Strict rules apply for supplementary or deferred exams. All Wits Plus students need to familiarise themselves with the rules when they register.
CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCE
A Certificate of Competence is awarded for the successful completion of all tasks set by the lecturer, including essays, assignments, projects, tests and exams and attendance at 80% of the lectures. Note: In the case of deadlines for assignments, projects or hand-in exams we adhere very strictly to times as set by the lecturer. Certificates of Competence are issued within six (6) weeks of the publication of results and will need to be collected from the Wits Plus offices (we do not post because of possible damage to the certificates). Replacement certificates will only be issued in very rare circumstances following a written request and explanation and a replacement certificate fee applies.
Wits is protected by Campus Control – their HQ office is in Central block CB 1 on the Braamfontein East Campus in the Great Hall (+27 11 717 4444). Campus control staff patrol the campus keeping an eye on people and cars. The Braamfontein West Campus is well lit at night. Should you feel in any way unsafe or observe an incident that concerns you, please report the matter to Campus Control.
REFRESHMENTS ON CAMPUS
The Tower of Light kiosk as well as the Zesti Lemonz cafeteria on our Braamfontein West Campus are open until 19:00 and supply coffee, cool drinks, etc. Café Fino is located at the Origins Centre on the Braamfontein East Campus and is open from 08:30 to 17:30 – it is also good for lunches, snacks and a coffee.