By Admin · Feb 28, 2023




STEP 1 Apply Online

To apply online, go to

You may apply for a maximum of three programmes (order of choice does not matter).

If you apply for two programmes within one Faculty, you are advised to apply for one programme in a less restricted faculty (e.g. Humanities, Commerce or Science).

Try to keep your options open, especially when applying for programmes in Faculties such as Health Sciences or Engineering.

  1. Do not enter the duration of the programme. You are applying to go into 1st year of study.

non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens, and R700 for foreign citizens, is required.

  1. For assistance call the Wits Student Call Centre on +27 (0) 11 717 1888.

Applications for 2024 will open in March 2023

Closing dates 

30 June - Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes); Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film and TV

30 September - All other University programmes

30 September - Residence applications

Additional Forms

Does your degree programme have additional selection procedures? Some degrees have additional selection requirements such as portfolio and essay submissions, auditions or National Benchmark Tests. Please click on Additional Forms below to see if this applies to you.

Pay Application Fee

  • Non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens
  • Non-refundable application fee for foreign citizens of R700
  • Payments to be made before closing dates
  • Use your Person Number or T Number as reference

How to pay
Deposit exact amount into the University’s Application Fee account:

  • Standard Bank, Account name: Wits University - Application Fees. Current Account Number: 200 346 385, Branch code: Braamfontein 004 805. CI Number 074A. (International payment swift code: SBZAZAJJ). Use your person/student number as a reference.
  • Pay by cash or credit card at the Wits Fees Office, Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House), Braamfontein Campus East, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Use your person/student number as the reference.
  • EFT - Use your Person/Student number as the reference.


STEP 2 – Acknowledgement of Application

  1. You will receive an email from the University acknowledging receipt of your application.
  2. The acknowledgment letter will contain a person number (which will become your student number), and a reference person for you to contact for any queries you may have.
  3. All records of correspondence from the University will be available on the student self-service portal
  4. Check the status of your application and to do items on the student self-service portal regularly.
  5. Keep your contact details up-to-date on self-service.

To view all correspondence generated on the Self Service Portal, go to the Main Menu > Self Service > Wits Student Self Service > Communication History

To check your Application Status on the Self Service go to the Main Menu > Self Service > Student Centre > Admissions > View Academic Application Status


STEP 3 – Upload Supporting Documents

If you did not upload supporting documents at the time of application, you can still do so via the student self-service portal

Log in with your person number (not your T number) and the first six digits of your ID.

Current Matriculants: Upload your final Grade 11 results (no hardcopy required).

Already Matriculated: Upload certified copies of all your matric certificates/foreign school leaving certificates.

Other Tertiary Institutions: Upload a certified copy of official academic records for ALL tertiary registrations, inclusive of statement/certificate of good conduct, stamped by the institution’s registrar. (Note that interim, self-service generated results will be considered for initial assessment purposes for GEMP applicants ONLY).

Download the Self-Service Guide here.

Alternatively, watch the video here.

Refer to Helpful Information regarding academic documents.


STEP 4 – Acceptance of Offer

  • Current Matriculants may be made a provisional offer (depending on self-reported Grade 11 results). Please note that certain programmes have additional selection criteria (interview/audition/NBT). Refer to the Provisional Acceptance Guide.
  • Firm offers can only be confirmed after receiving final matric results.
  • Applicants who receive a firm offer will be required to go to for registration details.
  • Each choice of degree is treated as a separate application. The order of choice makes no difference.
  • Communication offering a firm place and information about registration and orientation programme will reflect on the self service portal, and registration and orientation details will be available on the Wits website.
  • Places are limited, therefore you may only accept one offer. You are required to respond to the offer within a few days of your offer letter/sms to secure your place.
  • Download the Acceptance Guide
  • To make a virtual appointment, please go to

Changed your mind about your choice of study?

  • DO NOT submit a new application!
  • Refer to the closing dates to see if applications are still open for your new selection.
  • If you are certain you want to change your programme choice, Amend your choices at It is advisable to avoid multiple changes.
  • Should your contact details change (e.g. email, residential or postal address or contact numbers) update your new details on the student self-service portal:

If you have not been offered a place at the University for any of your degree choices, please find alternative options here - 2022 Contact Details for School Leavers


Additional forms and selection procedures

Additional Forms will be made available soon.


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance  - audition requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television - portfolio requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - audition/interview requirements
Bachelor of Music - audition requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts - additional requirements   

All applicants to Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Social Work are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT). Please go to for more information. Click here for the NBT Test Dates.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology applicants are required to write the NBT on or before 14 August 2022.

Social Work applicants are required to write the NBT before 31 October 2022. 

Only the first attempt of the NBT is considered and NBT results are valid for three years. 

Engineering and the Built Environment

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) - application exercises

Health Sciences

Applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT). Please go to for more information. Click here for the NBT Test Dates. Wits requires the NBT to be written by 14 August 2022 to acquire early feedback on applications. Only the first attempt of the NBT is considered and NBT results are valid for three years.

A Certificate of Attendance is required for the below degrees:

2023 Occupational Therapy Certificate of Attendance
2023 Physiotherapy Certificate of Attendance
2023 Dentistry Certificate of Attendance  
2023 Oral Health Sciences Certificate of Attendance  


Applicants to the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT).  The tests were designed to measure students’ levels of proficiency in Academic Literacy, Quantitative Literacy and Mathematics. There are two tests of three hours each. The first test is the Academic and Quantitative Literacy test (AQL), the second test is the Mathematic test (MAT).

Science applicants are required to write both these tests. Only the first attempt of the NBT is considered and NBT results are valid for three years. Click here for the NBT Test Dates



Documentation Checklist

If you have not yet matriculated

  • Your final Grade 11 report should be signed and stamped by your school principal (a hard copy is not required).
  • Applicants with international qualifications should upload a certified copy of a recent school report, as well as all previous results.

If you have already matriculated (even if you are rewriting some subjects in 2021) but have not attended any university

  • Attach a certified copy of your matric certificate/foreign school leaving certificate/s.
  • Inform the University of the subjects you are rewriting.

If you have already attended a university/tertiary institution other than Wits, submit your school leaving results and a certified copy of your academic record and certificate of good conduct

  • Ask that institution to send your full academic record and a certificate of good conduct to the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC) directly.
  • Send a copy of your published results for the current year which should be stamped by the institution's Registrar and signed by the Faculty Officer.
  • A statement of credits/credit certificate/examination results is NOT acceptable.

If you attended a foreign university and wish to apply for exemptions for certain courses

  • You must submit, in English, the syllabuses / course outlines, certified by that university.


Click here to apply



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