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With over 10 million South Africans speaking IsiZulu as a first language, why not break through language barriers today?

Learning IsiZulu opens doors to a vast range of social and business opportunities throughout South Africa. It also offers great personal satisfaction with it's multitude of clicks and grammatical complexities. 

Our part-time IsiZulu courses focus on teaching you how to communicate in real-life situations. We cover the cultural aspects of this language to help you feel at ease when speaking to IsiZulu speakers. Many varieties of IsiZulu are spoken throughout South Africa (with variations between provinces).

At Wits Language School, we teach standard IsiZulu. This will give you a strong basis from which to learn additional, localised vocabulary.

Course Fee

The course costs R7 000.


Each module runs for 10 weeks (40 hours).


Participants are required to obtain a minimum of 80% attendance on the beginner's 1A courses to qualify for a Certificate of Attendance. For all other levels, participants can choose between Certificates of Attendance or Competence, with the successful completion of tests in addition to 80% attendance as the measure of competence.

Programme Overview

We offer courses at three levels, although the higher level courses are dependent on demand:
- Level 1 (Beginner)
- Level 2 (Elementary)
- Level 3 (Pre-intermediate)

Each level consists of two 40-hour modules. Completing the beginner’s level therefore takes 80 hours in total. Each course is based on one module, and you receive a Certificate of Attendance on completing Module A, provided you attend at least 80% of the course. Participants who write the tests in the second module and successfully complete Module B obtain a Certificate of Competence. The tests are only obligatory for those who want a competence certificate. Alternatively, those who would rather not do the tests receive a report as well as a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • 18 years or older
  • Matric certificate or equivalent 
  • Placement tests are available for applicants who have previous experience of the language. (Assessment is conducted on registration) 
Application Process

Step 1: Submit an enquiry form

Step 2: Complete the WLS Application Form  

Step 3: Certify a copy of your ID. 

Step 4: Send us the completed application form and a certified copy of your ID to  

Step 5: Upon receiving confirmation of acceptance into the course with attached invoice, please send us the proof of payment to secure your seat. Note that the course must be paid upfront as we do not offer payment installments.

Career Opportunities

Students learn isiZulu at Wits Language School to improve their communication with fellow South Africans. Many express their desire for greater cultural awareness and integration within the social fabric of South Africa. Our students commonly see themselves as being actively involved in the social renewal of our country.

We couldn’t agree more – learning isiZulu offers all of this as well as great personal satisfaction through the challenge of learning a new language. Speaking isiZulu, even at a beginner level, can lead to increased social and even business opportunities. Whatever your reason, Wits Language School is your language school of choice.