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Wits University Of The Witwatersrand Address, Contact Details, Course, Online Application, Fees & Prospectus

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (known as Wits) is located in Johannesburg (South Africa), the vibrant, culturally diverse and leading commercial city on the African continent.

The history of the University is inextricably linked with mining, scholarship excellence and political and civic activism.

The origins of Wits lie in the South African School of Mines, which was established in Kimberley in 1896 and transferred to Johannesburg as the Transvaal Technical Institute in 1904, becoming the Transvaal University College in 1906 and renamed the South African School of Mines and Technology four years later. Other departments were added as Johannesburg grew and in 1920 the name was changed to the University College, Johannesburg. Full university status was granted in 1922, incorporating the College as the University of the Witwatersrand, with effect March 1st. Seven months later the inauguration of the University was duly celebrated. Prince Arthur of Connaught, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, became the University’s first Chancellor, and Professor Jan H Hofmeyr its first Principal. Building began at Milner Park on a site donated to the University by the Johannesburg municipality.

Continued Growth
Today, with five faculties (Commerce, Law & Management; Engineering & the Built Environment; Health Sciences; Humanities; Science) and 33 schools, Wits offers approximately 3600 courses to 36 500 students. Over a third of the student body comprises postgraduate students. Library facilities consists of two central libraries and 12 branch libraries with students having access to over 1,5 million books. Approximately 5000 students are accommodated in a number of residences and student villages. There are 42 sport clubs and many cultural opportunities in the form of over 60 student societies, the Wits Theatre, art galleries, concert hall and 7 museums.

 Faculties and Schools Wits University has 5 faculties encompassing the Sciences, Commerce, Law, Management, Engineering, Health Sciences and Humanities with 33 schools offering over 3000 courses.

University Of The Witwatersrand  Faculties and Schools

Engineering and the Built Environment
The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) has the highest number of endowed professorships or chairs at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is home to seven schools:

    Architecture and Planning
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
    Construction Economics and Management
    Electrical and Information Engineering
    Mechanical, Industrial & Aeronautical Engineering
    Mining Engineering

Faculty of Health Sciences
Wits Health Sciences is a leading research hub on the continent and in the world. Our research continues to impact directly on improving and saving the lives of people every day.

The Faculty of Health Sciences, located in Johannesburg – the hub of the South African economy, offers a real-world training experience that prepares students for a future in the healthcare sector across the globe. The Faculty and its associated entities and partners provide an environment within which some of the best research in the world is undertaken.

We offer professional medical degrees in:
    Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities is one of the leading centres of study and research in the Arts, Social Sciences, Human and Community Development, Education and Literature, Language and Media in South Africa and Africa.

The Faculty offers an extensive range of programmes, some of which are vocationally oriented and lead to careers in specific professions, while others are theory and research oriented and impart critical analytical skills that open up to a range of careers in academia and research institutes, the public and private sectors and non-governmental organisations alike.

Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science One of the leading science faculties in South Africa, our mission is to create, disseminate and apply scientific knowledge towards advancement and development.
 Wits BSc degree Studying science at Wits opens doors to exciting careers in fields such as medical research, chemistry, computer science, biotechnology, genetic engineering, and environmental sciences.

Wits BSc Honours
Postgraduate studies in Science
Masters and PhD study opportunities.
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Schools There are nine Schools in the Faculty, clustered in four groupings: the Mathematical Sciences, the Physical Sciences, the Earth Sciences and the Biological Sciences.

Commerce, Law and Management
CLM offers professional development in the business and legal areas of expertise as well as educational programmes that compare with the very best globally.

A wide range of qualifications are offered at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels by:
    School of Accountancy
    School of Economic and Business Sciences
    School of Law
    Wits Business School
    Wits School of Governance
    Wits Plus, Centre for Part-Time Studies

University Of The Witwatersrand  Fees and Funding

This section provides information about University tuition fees and funding sources such as scholarships and financial assistance. Please follow the links below. We trust we have provided you with the information you require.

Click here to find the average tuition costs for undergraduate and postgraduate study, as well as information about how to pay your tuition and residence fees, the first fee payment and Fees Office contact details.

Funding your studies
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office provides information about funding sources and administers various scholarships and awards on behalf of sponsors. Click here to find out more about scholarships, awards, corporate sponsorships and sports bursaries.


University Of The Witwatersrand Address & Contacts

1 Jan Smuts Avenue,
Braamfontein 2000,
South Africa

General enquiries
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1000

Admission enquiries
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1888

Fees/Financial Aid and Scholarships   
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1531
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1081
Fax: 27 (0)11 339-4387
Undergraduate and postgraduate admission information
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1888

International students    Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1054/5
Fax 27 (0)11 717-1059



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