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WHY CHOOSE WITS The  Wits School of Accountancy has a Level 1 accreditation status by SAICA, which is the highest level of accreditation achievable in South Africa. Wits graduates have consistently featured in the top ten places in the SAICA professional exams with more than 17 graduates claiming key positions. This is higher than any other university in the country.

Wits is one of only three universities in Africa to feature in the top 400 (from amongst 23 000 universities worldwide) in three separate international rankings. Wits is a leader in Evolutionary Sciences and curators of priceless faunal, floral and hominid collections including the Taung Skull, Little Foot and the Sediba fossils. Wits is developing six prestigious multidisciplinary research institutes, which will seek to produce highly specialised forms of knowledge to tackle the challenges of the 21st Century.

Wits is the intellectual hub

of Africa and has over 40 key projects actively running in several African countries.

the Global Employability University Ranking which was published in the New York Times recently.

Wits is proud of its 130 000 graduates. More than 90% of Wits graduates obtain permanent employment within 12 months of graduation.

Wits scientists described the oldest known land-living flesh eating animal from South America estimated to be 265 million years old.

Wits houses six Centres of Excellence focusing on Biomedical TB Research, Strong Materials, Aerospace, Advanced Drug Delivery Technology and Viral Gene Therapy.

The Wits Art Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of African art, including contemporary and historical art from South Africa and art from West and Central Africa. .

The University’s undergraduate engineering degrees are recognised by the Engineering Council of South Africa and have also been approved by the professional engineering accrediting bodies in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong.

Wits has intensified its research drive by developing a younger cohort of active researchers. Wits University is the only African university chosen by top international recruiters to be ranked in

Wits is positioned 24th by the Times Higher Education Rankings among the world top 100 universities from which Fortune 500 CEO’s graduated.

The University boasts highly skilled teams working in astonomy, physics and related areas on the SKA project and other telescopes and at CERN in Switzerland. In the Times Higher Education ranking of universities that produce the most number o f  C E O s ,   e n t i t l e d   T h e Alma Mater Index: Global Executives

(www.timeshighereducation. co.uk/executives), the ranking puts Wits at 24th in the world. Wits is the highest ranked African institution on the list. Wits is ranked 57th in the world for producing the most number of alumni millionaires according to a study compiled for Spear’s Magazine (www.spearswms. com/spears-lists/lists/smartermoney-how-the-wealthyhave - been - educated /#. UnztDCeITmu)

We look forward to welcoming you to wits in 2015! For more facts and news about Wits, visit

www.wits.ac.za

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STUDY FEES IN 2015 As at the time of going to print, the tuition fees for 2015 were not available. These are the approximate tuition fees for the first year of study in 2014. Fees may increase by approximately 10 percent or more, so you need to add at least 10% to the figures below. Please note that the fees listed below are for South African citizens only. SADC and Rwandan students pay these fees plus an annual International Registration fee. All other International students pay a composite fee depending on the degree. This information is available at: www.wits.ac.za, click on ‘International’. Refer to page 21 for advice on paying for your studies. Money Matters Commerce, Law and Management Bachelor of Accounting Science (BAccSc) Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Bachelor of Economic Science (BEconSc) Engineering and the Built Environment Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) Bachelor of Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (BEngSc (BME)) Bachelor of Science (Construction Studies) (BSc (CS) Bachelor of Science (Urban and Regional Planning) (BSc (URP)) Bachelor of Science (Engineering) - depending on branch (BSc (Eng)) Bachelor of Engineering Science (Digital Arts) (BEngSc (DA)) Bachelor of Science (Property Studies) BSc(PS) Humanities Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Arts (Dramatic Art) Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) Bachelor of Music (BMus) Bachelor of Arts (Speech & Hearing Therapy) (BA (Sp&H Therapy)) Bachelor of Arts (Performing and Visual) (BAPVA) Bachelor of Education (BEd) Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) Health Sciences Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) MBChB Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Bachelor of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) (BSc(OT)) Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences Science Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Rates (in Rand value) 37 380 37 400 - 39 130 43 780 37 920 43 470 47 790 37 770 33 170 - 40 920 27 450 39 730 27 800 - 35 800 29 860 - 32 480 32 960 32 480 - 35 080 30 280 33 910 29 860 - 32 480 22 950 14 720 - 18 580 52 270 52 030 35 760 44 410 52 330 39 820 39 150 39 510 34 070 37 340

Payment of Fees Local students will be expected to make an upfront fee payment of approximately R9 340 during or prior to enrolment before being permitted to enrol at the University. This amount is offset against the fee account. International students must pay 75% of their fees before registration. For information about fees:

T 011 717 1533/8 Options available for paying for your studies: • Speak to your local bank about a bank loan. • Apply to organisations that offer scholarships and bursaries. • Study hard! Good matric results may translate into a Wits scholarship. • Have you ever played top league sport or represented your province or South Africa? Good sportsmen and women may be eligible for a Wits sports scholarship or bursary. • As a last resort apply to the University for financial assistance but please be aware that funds are limited. Only a handful of applicants will receive financial assistance. The package does not cover all costs. (Not applicable to International students). Please begin making alternative arrangements in case you do not receive financial assistance. Residence Fees The residence fee for a first-year place in a catered residence in 2015 will be approximately R56 000. A few places are available for older first-year students (aged over 19) in self - catering accommodation. Rentals for this type of accommodation will range from R29 400 to R48 770. In all cases in which the student cannot provide proof that he / she has been awarded a full bursary or scholarship, or full financial aid, 20% of the annual residence fee must be paid to the University in advance, and the balance will be due by 31 March. Interest will be charged on all outstanding fees. No person will be admitted to any residence unless he/she can prove either: a) that he / she has been awarded adequate financial aid or a bursary or scholarship to cover all tuition and residence fees for the entire year, or b) that he/she (or his / her family) is financially capable of paying the full fees for the year. Other costs You will also need to budget for books, stationery and travelling costs if you plan to stay off campus, as well as pocket money and sundry expenses.

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our campus Libraries, Galleries and Museums Be adventurous! Actively explore the Wits Library system and its many resources. You will find books, journals, videos, state of the art electronic resources and wonderful historical treasures that you need for your studies. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff in 11 libraries on three campuses. Your student card is your Library registration - it will open doors to all our libraries and allow you to borrow any items that are available for loan. Make sure you have your student card with you when you go to the library. The Wartenweiler Library on the East Campus has the University’s main collection of books in the arts and social sciences. Knowledge commons include computers which cater for doing electronic research.

Explore your origins! Visit the Origins Centre at Wits, a world-class international tourist destination and discover the story of how all human beings began in Africa, developed tools, language, art and spirituality. This is the story of the origins of human culture. www.origins.org.za

Wits is also home to a number of museums including the Adler Museum, the largest medical museum in South Africa, where visitors can step into the past and see a turn-of-the-century pharmacy, doctor’s and dental surgery, herbalist shop, as well as hundreds of fascinating medical artefacts. The Palaeontology Museum has exciting displays of dinosaurs, mammal-like reptiles and other extinct reptiles. Wits also has a Geology Museum.

The William Cullen Library houses reference material, government publications, theses, historical papers and periodicals. Wits places strong emphasis on collecting material relating to South Africa. Earlier collections relate to journeys of exploration into Africa, slavery, colonialism and missionary activity. They also include information on the discovery of diamonds and gold, the various Frontier Wars, the Zulu War, the two Anglo-Boer Wars and the First and Second World Wars. The University is home to an incomplete set of records of the State vs. former president Nelson Mandela and nine others in the Rivonia Trial, including Mandela’s hand-written notes during the trial. The Wits Education Campus in Parktown includes the Harold Holmes Library, containing one of the best collections of educational material in southern Africa.

The Sterkfontein Caves near Krugersdorp have been awarded World Heritage status. www.wits.ac.za/ cradleofhumankind

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our campus Wits Art Museum are the custodians of important heritage collections of South African and classical African art. The internationally renowned collections are currently available to researchers and students by appointment.

The Matrix Student Centre

The Wits Theatre Complex houses the Wits Theatre, Downstairs Theatre and the Amphitheatre, as well as the Substation. The Wits Theatre Complex has staged over 2 500 different productions over its 30 year history.

The Matrix Student Centre and Mall houses retailers that offer a wide range of quality commercial services to students and staff. The Student Centre is the hub of student activity at Wits. Here you will find like-minded people, food outlets, the Campus Health and Wellness Centre, a student dining room, SRC (Student Representative Council), the SDLU (Student Development and Leadership Unit) and clubs and societies’ offices. Close to the Student Centre are the beach volleyball and basketball courts. Other retail outlets are on the West and Parktown campuses.

Student Clubs and Societies You will be amazed at the number and variety of student clubs and societies at Wits. Test your mettle against the Wits Debating team, join the fund raising activities of RAG, go dancing with the Ballroom Dancing Society or feast with the Gourmet Society. There is something for everyone – from chess enthusiasts to budding photographers, from international students to geologists as well as a variety of religious societies to cater for your spiritual needs.

Three Campuses Wits fact The Wits Debating team were the champions of the National Universities Debating Championships for 2012, won the Best Speaker in Africa Award, best Adjudicating Institution Award and Best Adjudicator Award at the Pan African Universities Debating Championships in 2012 and were declared the best African team at the the World Universities Debating Championships in January 2013.

Wits comprises: • Braamfontein campus made up of East and West campus. • Parktown campus made up of Medical School, Education campus and the Management campus. • Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.

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DISABILITY UNIT (DU) The Disability Unit (DU) has been a leader in the provision of services for students with disabilities since it opened in 1986. DU assists students with disabilities to receive academic support and reasonable accommodations to participate equally and fully in all aspects of university life. DU endeavours to make the learning environment a rewarding and enriching one through the exceptional design of innovative learning and working environments and strives to promote disability awareness and the abilities of people with disabilities. Services include: • Campus orientation • Computer centres with state of the art assistive technology • An Adaptive Technologist who provides specialists computer training and technological support • A Learning Disabilities Coordinator who develops and provides various study and time management programmes to assist students with learning disabilities • A South African Sign Language Interpreter who provides sign language interpreting for Deaf students • Assistance with extra-time applications for tests and exams • Provision of materials in an accessible format (e.g. electronic, braille and enlarged text) and various other academic interventions. Senate House, East Wing, Ground Floor,

Wits Education Campus, Administration Block, First Floor

the division of Student affairs T 011 717 9101/2 (Student Affairs)

T 011 717 9204/140 (First Year Experience)

[email protected] The Division of Student Affairs’ main thrust is to assist students to succeed academically by providing the appropriate support to overcome personal and academic problems. A range of out of classroom experiences and activities are offered to develop students holistically in order to cope with and be prepared for the challenges of university life, the world of work and good citizenship. Students are urged to make use of the support and services available. A very specific programme is in place to help all first year students succeed at Wits. It is the “First Year Experience Programme” delivered as a co-curricular programme outside of lectures over several months, to contribute to your positive experience and academic success at Wits. All first year students are encouraged to attend these valuable sessions.

campus health and wellness centre DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS Lower Ground Floor, Student Union Building, The Matrix

T 011 717 9111/13

Campus Health and Wellness (CHWC) is a primary health care facility that provides curative, promotive and preventative services to registered students and staff of the University. CHWC is staffed by trained and committed health care professionals. Our vision is to strive for excellence in the delivery of health care services on campus, thus contributing to the optimal health and wellbeing of the Wits community. The health care services provided are cost-effective and convenient, accessible and comprehensive. Students who are covered by a Medical Aid are encouraged to utilise the services of a private medical practitioner at the Centre. Medical aid rates are charged. Prescriptions may be requested for medication required for chronic illnesses. There is no need for an appointment as clients/patients are served on a first come, first serve basis, however, due consideration is offered to emergencies and those requiring urgent attention. Services include: • Preventative care • Medical emergency care • Free HIV counselling and testing • Therapeutic care • Reproductive Health services Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 08h00 to 16h30. The clinic is closed over the weekends and during public holidays.

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CAMPUS HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS T 011 717 9172/3/4 (Central Accommodation Office)

Living in a university hall of residence can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a young student’s career and many friendships forged in residences last a lifetime. Wits residences are not just places to sleep and eat - they are living and learning environments in which a wide range of services and activities are on offer, including: • academic support • sporting programmes • cultural activities • structured social events • DStv and indoor games • on-site computer centres and group study

• 24 hour security • professional catering • regular cleaning services • free laundry facilities • free inter-residence / inter-campus transport

Some residences have their own swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, gymnasiums and squash courts and all are near major University sport facilities. Note: First year undergraduate students are allocated to shared rooms only. In selecting students for admission to residences, preference is given to younger applicants and to those who apply early. Prior academic achievements are also taken into account. The closing date for all undergraduate residence applications is 30 September. Late applications cannot be considered. Applicants who indicate that they wish to apply for residential accommodation will be sent a detailed questionnaire. The completed questionnaire must be returned to the Central Accommodation Office together with the residence application fee of R101. Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of R850 to confirm acceptance of a residence offer. Because of the high demand for campus accommodation, applicants with good academic records are more likely to be offered a place in a residence. The Wits Junction provides self-catered accommodation for senior undergraduates and postgraduates only.

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COUNSELLING AND CAREERS DEVELOPMENT UNIT DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS T 011 717 9140

[email protected]

The CCDU at Wits offers a welcoming and safe space to students and provides a high standard of services based on an ethos of student centredness and human rights. The CCDU provides a comprehensive range of supportive services and empowering programmes. These are designed to facilitate the well-being, personal growth and career development of students. CCDU provides the following to all registered Wits students: •A  comprehensive careers education and counselling service •C  onfidential professional personal counselling for Wits students • Support groups • P sycho-educational workshops and life skills programmes • Psychometric career assessments • Life coaching • P eer education and advocacy programmes •G  raduate recruitment programnme and job search skills •H  IV/Aids education and support programme •A  dvocacy programmes on social justice and diversity engagement • Support for sexual harassment.

The Unit also offers: Career counselling to learners in Grade 11 and 12 and to prospective students to assist with decisions about career options. To find out more about this service, you are welcome to contact the Unit to set up an appointment with a careers educator. Psychometric career assessments, for which there is a fee, are also offered and include: interest and personality questionnaires and an in depth feedback session with a psychologist. Please contact the Unit for further information and to book for a career assessment.

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND LEADERSHIP UNIT Student Union Building, The Matrix, First Floor T 011 717 9218 [email protected]

The SDLU is a student-centred unit which offers a variety of services, programmes and experiences designed to encourage self-awareness and reflection across a broad spectrum of cocurricular activities. We aim to offer you various opportunities to be exposed to information, ideas, skills and worldviews that support and challenge your evolving identity. SDLU programmes include: • capacity building workshops • emerging leaders programme • leadership training and development series • arts and culture awareness campaigns • student governance • project and enterprise development • women leadership and empowerment programmes involving identity • community service and volunteering.

www.wits.ac.za/sdlu / SDLUWits

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SPORT T 011 717 9409/14

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

[email protected]

/ [email protected]

www.wits.ac.za/sport

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships for Top Athletes Wits University has a proud history of producing top quality sportsmen and women. Over the years, Olympians such as Hendrik Ramaala (Athletics), Craig Jackson, Sharne Wehmeyer, Fiona Butler (Hockey), Alan van Coller (Canoeing) and Odette Richard (Gymnastics) have developed their skills at Wits. Other stars include nine time Comrades marathon winner, Bruce Fordyce, the likes of Gary Bailey, former Manchester United Captain and England goalkeeper and Junaid Mashamaite (soccer player). Wits Sport nurtures emerging talent and as part of the initiative to produce top quality sports-people, we offer bursaries for top Students Athletes who excel in sport and meet the necessary academic requirements. Please let us know what your sporting interests are by completing the section on sports involvement on page 2 of the application form. As an inner city campus Wits Sport is fortunate to have two great assets – its students and its sports facilities. The Wits Sport Council has 35 sports clubs affiliated offering quality coaching to those sportsmen and women wishing to compete at the highest level. Wits promotes a healthy lifestyle encouraging students and staff to make use of the sports facilities at Wits and to participate in the inter-faculty and internal leagues offered by the various clubs. Sports facilities include football, rugby and cricket fields, as well as a golf driving range situated at Sturrock Park on the West Campus. Hard court areas for tennis, basketball and netball make up the outdoor facilities, with two 50 metre swimming pools (the East Campus pool is heated), accommodating the Aquatics and Underwater Clubs and the world class artificial hockey turf. Indoor facilities provide for a wide range of sports. These include squash, martial arts, fencing, aerobics, super-circuit and weight-training, basketball and volleyball, to name a few. Choose from:

Indoor SportS

Outdoor SportS

• Aerobics

• Karate (JKA)

• Athletics

• Orienteering

• Aikido

• Kobujutsu / Tai Chi

• Aquatics

• Rugby

• Badminton

• Squash

• Canoe

• Snow Skiing

• Basketball

• Strength & Fitness

• Cricket

• Boxing

• Taekwondo

• Football

• Sports Club for the Physically Disabled

• Chess

• Table Tennis

• Golf

• Tennis

• Fencing

• Tang Soo Do

• Hockey

• Ultimate Frisbee

• Gymnastics

• War Games

• Mountaineering

• Underwater sport

• Judo

• Volleyball

• Netball

• Yachting

Wits Sports achievements in 2013 USSA Tournament: - Wits Boxing won the tournament in December 2012 - Wits Judo won the tournament in April 2013 - W its Men’s Basketball team played in the final in July 2013

Hockey Premier League (Southern Gauteng): - Wits Men’s Hockey team finished in fourth place World Bouldering Championship (France): - Wits Sport Climbing to represent South Africa Cape to Rio, January 2014: - Wits Yachting team participated

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INTERNATIONAL STudents The University is a popular destination for international students. Our growing international student population provides the perfect mix of academic excellence and cultural diversity. If you intend studying at Wits, you will need to meet certain admission requirements and be in possession of a certificate of exemption, a study visa, South African based medical aid cover and that you have a good command of the English language.

Requirements

1. Matriculation Exemption As an international student you will need to obtain a certificate of complete exemption or foreign conditional exemption from the South African Matriculation Board. For more information regarding exemption go to: http://hesa-enrol.ac.za/mb Wits University will submit applications for Matriculation Exemption directly to the Matriculation Board on behalf of the applicant. When submitting an application for study at Wits, an applicant must provide: a) Completed M30E form b) A set of correctly certified supporting documents It is also your responsibility to provide the University with your results as soon as they are available.

2. Study Visa Prior to leaving your home country you must apply for and obtain a study visa (endorsed with a practical training visa for academic programmes that require practical training) from the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in your country of residence. If there is no South African representative in your country, you must apply to the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade mission nearest to your home country. One of the requirements when applying for a study visa is an appropriate comprehensive South African-based medical aid cover and a letter of firm offer from the University. It may take several weeks to process your study visa therefore you should make enquiries as soon as you receive a firm offer from the University. In accordance with South African law you should note that if you arrive without a study visa you will not be allowed to enrol at the University and will be required to return to your home country.

3. Medical Aid Cover In terms of the Immigration Amendment Act 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations,

any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998. Although some insurance products may be accepted to secure a study visa, be they South African or otherwise, the University of the Witwatersrand only accepts South African Medical Aid products approved in terms of the Medical Aid Schemes Act referred to above. To comply with the regulations, the University requires proof of full Medical Aid cover with a South African based medical aid scheme for the full calendar year, until 31 December of that year. Such cover must include the minimum hospitalisation, emergency and day-to-day cover including medicine and doctor’s visits. It is therefore advisable to make the necessary financial arrangements for the medical aid cover prior to your entry into South Africa. Should you rely on sponsorship, please ensure that you advise your sponsor of this requirement as soon as you get sponsorship or acceptance. It is not sufficient for any student to produce a letter indicating medical cover sponsorship. The sponsor must organise payment for the required medical aid cover directly to the Medical Aid Company, separate to that of the tuition fees. You will not be permitted to enrol at the University without proof of medical aid cover. For information about medical aids, please refer to: www.wits.ac.za/prospective/ international/medicalaid

4. Language Requirements Wits is an English-medium University. You therefore have to be proficient in English before you enrol. Should you not have completed your studies in English or passed an English Language examination at the GCSE / GCE / O

Level, you will have to take an IELTS (International English Language Testing System). A pass in the IELTS with a score of at least 7.0 is required. Contact the British Council in your home country for IELTS tests or go www.ielts.org

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The University prefers the applicant to take the IELTS. However, consideration will be given if an applicant has passed the TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) at a level which is equivalent to the IELTS 7.0. For further information go to: www.toefl.com The Wits Language School offers English training to students who wish to improve their language skills.

Fees Fees are paid annually at the beginning of the year. All international students must pay 75% of the tuition fee in advance before enrolment. The balance to be paid by 31 March 2015. The other fees to be paid in advance are accommodation (if in University residence) and the annual International Registration Fee.

International Student Office Studying at an international university is a challenge. International Student Office is here to help you. For more information please visit our website. The information on these pages provides a brief overview of requirements for international undergraduate students. You should also be in possession of the Wits International Student Guide.

NB: If you have not received this guide, or need help in any way with your application, please contact the Student Enrolment Centre:

T +27 11 717 1030 (Student Enrolment Centre)

[email protected]

T +27 11 717 1054 (International Student Office) T +2711 717 4208 (Wits Language School)

[email protected]

[email protected]

www.witslanguageschool.com

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INTERNATIONAL STudents

Minimum requirementS

exemption from South African Matriculation Board Pass in English Language O/AS/A Level

Qualificaton

Commerce and Law

Engineering and the Built Environment

Humanities

Health Sciences

Science

Ordinary Level (O-level) (for mature age, exemption only)

Commerce = not eligible.

Not eligible

Pass in English Language O-level plus selection test

Not eligible

Not eligible

BAccSc, BEconSc = Maths Grade A, B. BCom = Maths Grade A, B or C.

Engineering = Maths & Physics Grade A, B & C. Chemical Eng & Metallurgy also require Chemistry Grade A, B, C, D. All Built Environ = Pass in Maths

Pass in English Language O/A level.

Three A-level subjects – must be Maths and a choice of two from: Biology, Physics or Chemistry Grade A, B & C

Maths and Physics Grade A, B or C

Advanced Subsidiary (AS-level)

BAccSc & BEconSc = Maths Grade A. BCom = Maths Grade A or B.

English, Physics, Maths (must have written 2 x Maths papers. Applied Maths & Stats not considered) Grade A, B or C. Built Environment = English & Maths

AS/O-level. BA (Sp&H Th) pass in Maths

O-level English plus a pass in Maths and a choice of two from: Biology, Physics or Chemistry) Grade A & B

Maths and Physics Grade A, B or C

International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma)

BCom = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method) Grade 4-7. BAccSc = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method) Grade 5-7. BEconSc = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method) Grade 6-7.

Engineering = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method), English & Physics 5-7 (SL) 4-7 (HL). Built Environment = Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method & English)

BA (Sp&HTh) = pass in Maths (HL, SL & Maths Method)

International General Certificate Secondary Education (IGCSE) (mature age only)

Commerce = not eligible.

Not eligible

Plus selection test.

Not eligible

Not eligible

Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education (HIGCSE)

BCom = Maths Grade 1-3. BAccSc & BEconSc Maths Grade 1-2.

Engineering = English, Maths & Physics. Built Environment = English & Maths

BA (Sp&H Th) pass in Maths

English,Maths, Physics Grade 1-3

Pass in Maths and Physics Grade 1-3

Advanced level (A-level)

English, Maths, Physics / Biology Grade 5-7 (HL, SL).

Maths and Physics (HL, SL & Maths Method) Grade 4-7

NB: Maths Studies to be considered individually

OTHER FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS ARE CONSIDERED ACCORDING TO FACULTY REQUIREMENTS

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ADMISSION INFORMATION Which school-leaving qualification category do you fall into? 1. The National Senior Certificate (NSC) 2. A pre-2008 Matriculation Certificate 3. The National Senior Certificate (Vocational) 4. A Foreign School-Leaving Qualification (please refer to the information on International Students on pages 9 and 10.

1. NSC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Are you an applicant who is currently writing or completed the NSC matric? If you are, then please read the information below regarding admission requirements.

NB: This is a guideline only. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

NSC Admission Points Score (APS) Wits tabulates the points score for all subjects on the following basis: • English is the LOLT (language of learning and teaching) at Wits; a requirement is that English must be taken either as Home Language or the LOLT or as 1st Additional Language. The minimum APS for English is 4 (50 - 59%). Foreign students presenting with English as 2nd Additional Language will have the option of a foreign conditional exemption and / or English proficiency tests. • Maths is compulsory for all numerate programmes in Engineering and Built Environment, Commerce, Law and Management and Science. • Maths Literacy will be accepted by Law, Education and Humanities (except Speech and Hearing). • Wits does not distinguish between designated vs. non - designated subjects when calculating the admission point score (APS). • The Faculty of Health Sciences allows limited entry with Maths Literacy. Please refer to pages 12-13.

Wits’ APS

Wits’ APS %

Wits’ APS for Maths & English

Wits’ APS for Life Orientation

Wits’ APS for other subjects

8

90 - 100

8 + 2 = 10

4

8

7

80 - 89

7+2= 9

3

7

70 - 79

6

70 - 79

6+2= 8

2

6

60 - 69

5

60 - 69

5+2= 7

1

5

4

50 - 59

4

50 - 59

4

0

4

3

40 - 49

3

40 - 49

3

0

3

2

30 - 39

0

30 - 39

0

0

0

1

0 - 29

0

0 - 29

0

0

0

NSC Scale of Achievement

NSC %

7

80 - 99

6 5

Designated Subjects - NSC • Agric Sciences • Dramatic Art • Music • Visual Art • Accounting • Business Studies • Economics

• Engineering Graphics & Design • Geography • History • Religion Studies • Information Technology • Life Sciences • Physical Sciences

• Mathematics • Maths Literacy • Consumer Studies • All official languages and a number of non - official languages

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1. NSC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS NB: This is a guideline only. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

COMMERCE, LAW AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

SELECTION PROCEDURES

APS

SUBJECTS & ACHIEVED SCALE

Bachelor of Commerce - BCom (3 years) - BCom with Law

37 and above.

English HL or 1st Add Lang 5 Mathematics 5

Applicants between 35 - 36 points with English and Maths at level 5, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.

Bachelor of Economic Science - BEconSc (3 years)

42 and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang 5 Mathematics 6 If your programme requires the course: The school Maths must be: • Maths Major 6 • Maths Stats, Act Sci 7

Applicants between 39 - 41 points with English at level 5 and Maths at level 7, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.

Bachelor of Accounting Science - BAccS (3 years)

42 points and English HL or 1st Add Lang at a NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5

English HL or 1st Add Lang 5 Mathematics 5

Applicants between 39 - 41 points with English and Maths at level 5, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available. Applicants with 3 points below the minimum APS will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.

If you want to major in Law, the APS is 43.

ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Engineering: Bachelor of Science in Engineering - BSc(Eng) (4 Years)

English HL or 1st Add Lang 5 Mathematics 5 Physical Science 5

Note: Due to the limited number of places available, admission is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on final NSC and school leaving results.

• Chemical • Electrical • Mechanical • Aeronautical • Civil • Industrial • Metallurgy • Mining

42 36 36 36 36 36 36 36

Bachelor of Engineering Science in the field of Digital Arts (3 years)

42 and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang 5 Mathematics 5 Physical Science 5

Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42.

Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering - BEngSc (BME) (3 years)

42 and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang 5 Mathematics 5 Physical Science 5

Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42, or without the NSC Life Sciences subject.

Built Environment: Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) (3 Years)

34 and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang 4 Mathematics 4

Acceptance is dependent on departmental selection procedures. Applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise and will be required to attend an interview. Applicants with a Wits APS of 34 and above may be accepted on this basis. Applicants with a Wits APS of between 29 and 33 may be accepted on the basis of the exercise and interview for either the ordinary degree, or an extended curriculum programme. The selection process for the BAS is conducted by a panel of senior academics from the School of Architecture and Planning, monitored by the Assistant Dean. Selection is based predominantly on performance against the selection exercise, interview and academic performance, although demographic balance is taken into consideration where a choice needs to be made between applicants scoring the same range.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies - BSc (CS) (3 years) Bachelor of Science in Property Studies - BSc (Property Studies) (4 years)

36 and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang 5 Mathematics 5

Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.

Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning - BSc (URP) (3 years)

36 and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang 5 Mathematics 5

Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.

Generally students who achieve 70% in Maths, Physical Science and English stand a greater chance of being accepted.

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HEALTH SCIENCES PROGRAMME • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery - MBBCH (6 years) • Bachelor of Dental Science - BDS (5 years) • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy BSc (Physiotherapy) (4 years) • Bachelor of Pharmacy - BPharm (4 years) • Bachelor of Health Sciences BHSc (Biomedical Sciences & Biokinetics (3 years)

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

SELECTION PROCEDURES

APS

SUBJECTS & ACHIEVED SCALE

The Faculty of Health Sciences does not calculate an APS score.

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics Life Sciences/and/or Physical Science

5 5

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy & Life Sciences and/or Physical Science

4 4 7

English HL or 1st Add Lang

5

Law Courses - Applicants who wish to take law courses in their first year of study must meet the admission requirements for law. Applicants with 30 - 33 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places and preference will be given to applicants with the best English results.

Several criteria are considered for selection (e.g. Academic performance, National Benchmark Test scores).

• Bachelor of Nursing - BNurs (4 years) • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy - BSc(OT) (4 years) • Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice - (BCMP) (3 years) • Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences - (BOHS) (3 years)

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If you are applying to the Faculty of Health Sciences, you will not be selected solely on your school leaving results, although they are very important. A composite index is calculated, taking into consideration (1) your academic results for FIVE subjects; (2) National Benchmark Test scores. The Faculty of Health Sciences does not calculate an APS score. Only five subjects are used to derive a matriculation score, which is calculated according to the percentages obtained, NOT symbols. These are English, Mathematics, Physical Science/ Life Sciences and the best two other subjects. Please refer to the Faculty of Health Sciences Selection and Curricula booklet for specific examples. ALL applicants (excluding applicants who are applying to the Graduate Entry Medical Programme – GEMP only) are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT). Please refer to page 15 for further details. GEMP applicants may be invited to the Wits Additional Placement Test (WAPT). For more information on the WAPT please refer to the website: www.wits.ac.za ALL GEMP applicants need to prepare for the WAPT in case you are invited to write the test (please refer to page16 for further details).

HUMANITIES Bachelor of Arts - BA (3 years)

34 and above

Bachelor of Arts with Law

43 points

Professional and specialist degrees (all 4 years)

34 and above & meeting departmental selection procedures

English HL or 1st Add Lang

5

For professional and specialist programmes: • B Social Work – written assignment • BA (Fine Arts) – Interview/submission of portfolio • BMus – Interview & audition • BA (Dramatic Art) – Interview, written assignment and/or audition • BA (Performing & Visual Arts) – Interview, written assignment and/or audition • BA (Film & Television) - Interview Applicants with 30 – 33 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

• Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy BA (Sp&H Therapy) (4 years)

34 and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics

5 4

Departmental selection procedure. Applicants with 30 - 33 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

Bachelor of Education - BEd (4 years) • BEd (Foundation Phase Teaching) • BEd (Senior Primary Teaching) • BEd (Secondary Teaching)

34 and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang

5

Applicants between 30 - 33 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

Bachelor of Science in the field of: • Chemistry with Chemical Engineering • Nuclear Sciences & Engineering • Metallurgy with Materials Science • Applied Computing • Astronomy and Astrophysics

43 points and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics Physical Science

5 6 7

Applicants between 38 - 42 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places

Physical Sciences

40 points and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics Physical Science

5 6 6

Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

Computing and Mathematics

40 points and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics

5 6

Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted Subject to the availability of places.

• Geological Sciences • Geographical and Archaeological • Science • Biological Sciences • Natural Sciences

40 points and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics

5 5

Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

• Actuarial Sciences • Mathematical Sciences

40 points and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics Physical Science

7 7 7

Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

Bachelor of Science (General)

40 points and above

English HL or 1st Add Lang Mathematics

5 5

Applicants between 38 - 39 points will be waitlisted subject to the availability of places.

• B Social Work • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) • BMusic • Bachelor of Arts (Dramatic Art) • BA (Performing & Visual Arts) • BA (Film & Television)

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ADMISSION INFORMATION

2. Pre-2008 Matriculation admission requirements (Past matric not registered at a univerSITY OR COLLEGE

Are you an applicant who completed matric prior to 2008? If you are, then please read the following information: • If you obtained Matric with an endorsement your application will be considered on an individual basis, provided you meet the admission minimum requirements. • If you did not obtain an endorsement and upgraded your matric, your application will be considered if you meet the admission requirements based on your upgraded results. • If you did not obtain an endorsement, but a School Leaving Certificate, you may be considered on the grounds of Mature Age Exemption, i.e. if you are aged 22 years and above. You will be allowed to apply for degrees in Humanities, Education and Law. If you meet the admission minimum requirements, you will be invited to write a test (see page 16 for more information for test details). www.wits.ac.za/prospective

The Pre-2008 admission requirements are published on our website: Matric Symbols

English (HG)

Maths (HG)

Other Subjects (HG)

Other Subjects (SG)

Add up your points by using the rating system to determine your score. If your matric results give you a rating at or above the likely entry level for the programme of your choice, you will normally be guaranteed admission and will not have to undergo further selection procedures. Normally you are rated on your best six subjects but the required subjects for any degree must be included.

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3. National Certificate (Vocational) (NCV) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Subject to institutional admission requirements, the minimum admission requirement to a Bachelor’s degree programme is a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by Council for General and Further Education and Training. The minimum legislative requirements for admission to a Bachelors degree include the achievement of: • Three (3) fundamental subjects between 60 -69% (3) (including English as the language of learning and teaching at Wits) • Three (3) vocational subjects from the designated list between 70 - 79% (4). The University of the Witwatersrand’s institutional requirements are: An applicant who holds an NCV may be invited to write a test, provided that he/she has met the following compulsory institutional requirements as well as the Faculty and degree-specific requirements. An applicant must have: • Taken English as either Language of Learning and Teaching or as the First Additional language • Taken Mathematics as a Fundamental Component • Achieved 70-79% (4) for all seven subjects - in fundamental and vocational categories. Admission Point Score Rating Code

Rating

Percentage

5

Outstanding

80-100

4

Highly competent

70-79

3

Competent

50-69

2

Not yet competent

40-49

1

Not achieved

0-39

Faculty Minimum Admission Requirements

Minimum Scale of Achievement

Faculty specific requirements Programme

Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management English Mathematics Four subjects from Business, Commerce & Management Studies

4 (70%) 4 (70%)

MBBCh BDS BPharm BSc (Physiotherapy) BHSc Biomedical & Biokinetics Tracks

English HL/1st Add Language Mathematics Life Sciences and/or Physical Sciences

4 (70%) 4 (70%) 4 (70%)

BNurs BSc (OT) BCMP Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences

English HL/ 1st Add Language Mathematics Life Sciences and/or Physical Sciences

3 (60%) 3 (60%) 3 (60%)

BCom BEconSc BAccSc

Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment Besides meeting the University’s requirements an applicant who holds an NCV will be interviewed by the Dean, Assistant Dean and relevant Head of School.

Faculty of Science Besides meeting the University’s requirements an applicant who holds an NCV will be interviewed by the Dean, Assistant Dean and relevant Head of School.

The Faculty of Humanities will not be considering applicants who present with an NCV

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SELECTION / PLACEMENT TESTS Health Sciences All applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences (except applicants who are applying for admission into the Graduate Entry Medical Programme – GEMP - ONLY) are required to write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered for admission. Applicants applying to the GEMP and one of the other programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences, need to write the NBT. There are two tests. The first test is the Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test and the second test is the Mathematics test. The test results will be used in addition to the Grade 11 results (for early decision making purposes) and the Grade 12 results (for final decision-making purposes) and other admission criteria. PLEASE NOTE: • These are standard tests for all medical schools in South Africa and you are only required to write the tests once, irrespective of the number of medical schools you have applied to. • Applicants must register on the NBT website, www.nbt.ac.za, or by cellular phone, to write the tests. Registration closes approximately three weeks prior to each of the test dates. You can register for the NBT even before you submit your application to the university. DO NOT wait for an official notification from the University in order to register and write the tests. You may miss the end of July deadline). • A fee is charged for the tests. The fee can only be paid once you have registered to write the test. • The tests should have been written by 16 August 2014. Results received for tests written after this date WILL NOT be taken into consideration. Applicants are encouraged to write the tests as early as possible. • For a comprehensive list of test dates, registration dates and available venues, please refer to the NBT website. • Both tests must be written at one session. • ONLY the first attempt results will be taken into account for selection purposes and thus it is not advisable to write the tests more than once in any year. Wits Additional Placement Test – WAPT (GEMP applicants only) To be able to calculate a composite index, all components that contribute to this must be finalised (i.e. Tertiary Aggregate). Applicants will only be notified in August 2014 of their eligibility to write the WAPT, scheduled for October 2014. This means that applicants will need to start preparing well in advance of notification. All information about the content and nature of each of the components of the test is given on the GEMP website: www.wits.ac.za/health/gemp.

Mature age applicants (22 years and above) who have written matric pre-2008 and who did not pass with an endorsement/exemption will be required to write a faculty selection test for the following faculties:

Humanities All applicants with mature age exemption are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT), Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL). Applicants have to register on the NBT website, www.nbt.ac.za to write the test. Selection Test Details Date: Friday, 31 October 2014 Time: 07:00 - 16:00 Venue: Senate House, West Wing Drawing Hall, East Campus (a fee is charged for the test)

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Plan your career wits.ac.za/careerplanner

The Wits Career Planner is designed to help you find out about the many career choices available to you. Go to

www.wits.ac.za/careerplanner and choose:

• a particular interest area • broad area of interest, e.g. science, commerce,arts, etc. • specific career, e.g. actuary, environmentalist, lawyer • degree programme. The Career Planner can help you think about how your personality will fit in with specific work environments and will help you match your interests and skills to suitable career options. This tool will assist you to make the best decisions about yourself and what you can study. It allows you to insert either actual or anticipated School results, but it does not commit you to Wits, i.e. this is not an application form. If you wish to formally apply to the University you may apply online. Provided you obtain a National Senior Certificate that allows you to apply for degree studies and meet certain Admission Points Score (APS) and Faculty requirements, the Career Planner will assist you by indicating eligibility and the choices available to you, either by degree choice or by a possible career direction.

We hope you find the Wits

careerplanner helpful!

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a pply www.wits.ac.za/prospective

CLOSING DATES Bachelor of Architecture (BAS) - 30 June 2014 Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes) - 30 June 2014 BA (Speech & Hearing Therapy) - 30 June 2014 All other University programmes - 30 September 2014 Financial aid applications - 30 September 2014 Residence applications - 30 September 2014

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APPLY TO WITS STEP 1 Your application

• You may apply for three programmes (degrees). • If you apply for two programmes in Health Sciences, you are advised to apply for one programme in a less restricted faculty (e.g. Humanities, Commerce and Law, or Science). We strongly advise you to apply for more than one programme – keep your options open! • If you apply for Engineering you are advised to add at least a third programme of choice from another faculty. • Applicants to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

STEP 2 Documentation/Checklist If you have not yet matriculated

• The Grade 11 report must be signed and stamped by your school principal • International applicants should submit a certified copy of a recent school report If you have already matriculated (even if you are rewriting some subjects in 2014) but have not attended any university

• Attach a certified copy of your matric certificate/foreign school leaving certificate If you have already attended a university/tertiary institution other than Wits submit 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 conduct to the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC) • 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 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

STEP 3 Submit your APPLICATION FORM, required DOCUMENTATION and APPLICATION FEE before the CLOSING DATE Payment Method 1. Deposit exact amount into University’s account: Standard Bank, Current Account Number: 200 346 385, Branch code: Braamfontein 004 805. CI Number 074A, Account name: Wits University - Application Fees. Please attach copy of M65. 2. International payment swift code: SBZAZAJJ 3. Pay by cash or credit card at the Fees Office, Ground Floor, Senate House, University of the Witwatersrand. 4. For EFTs Use Reference: Initials and Surname.

Need help? Talk to the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). SEnC is a ‘one-stop’ venue that provides a personalised service to applicants. Get help with: • Application information for faculty admission, residence and financial assistance and bursaries • Curriculum planning • Career advice

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What happens next? You will receive acknowledgement of receipt of your application via the post/email, or you can check the status of your application on www.wits.ac.za/prospective The acknowledgement letter contains your application number which becomes your student number on enrolment. Quote this number every time you contact Wits. Each choice of programme is treated as a separate application. A letter will be sent to you once a decision is made on any one of your choices. The letter gives you further instructions (e.g. pay a deposit to secure the offer of a place, or attend an interview.) Current Matriculants: Wits will get your matric results directly from the relevant Department of Education, unless you are: 1. a very late applicant 2. writing matric as a private candidate or by correspondence 3. rewriting only a few subjects.

Current Matriculants may be made a conditional offer (depending on the Grade 11 results), or be invited to attend an interview, or an audition, or selection/placement test Some faculties will make you a conditional offer on the basis of your Grade 11 report. No offer can be confirmed until your matric results are received. Changed your mind about your choice of study? Let SEnC know in writing what your new selection is (do not submit a new application form). NB: Check with SEnC to make sure applications are still open for your new selection. NB: Let SEnC know straight away if your contact details change.

Successful applicants receive a communication offering a firm place and information about the registration and orientation programme Firm offer letters are sent once matric results are available (early January) or earlier if you have already matriculated.

Reply to the offer and let us know whether you are coming to Wits You can only accept one offer as places are limited. NB: You are required to respond to the offer within one week to secure your place.

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You’re bright and smart and want to get ahead in life. You’re considering a university education. But how will you pay for your studies?

PAYING FOR YOUR STUDIES Ideas to help you start planning your finances and your future T +27 011 717 1081 or +27 11 717 1087

www.wits.ac.za/prospective/FinancialAid

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Options to consider Self-funding

Bursaries and contract bursaries

Work first to raise funds: As a young person ready to start your life this may seem a dim prospect but often people who have worked for a few years before commencing their studies really enjoy their studies once they start - so much so that they go on to postgraduate study! Another option is to work part-time while you study. But don’t over-extend yourself and fail your courses as a result.

A number of companies offer bursaries to academically promising students. Bursaries differ considerably in their selection criteria and in what they cover. Some bursaries are very comprehensive and cover tuition fees, accommodation costs, books and travel costs, while others may offer a relatively small financial contribution to your studies. Bursaries cover a range of qualifications or subject choices. There are bursaries for engineers, computer scientists, social workers and health professionals, and may be offered on the basis of financial need, disability status, religious group or academic merit. Most bursaries are renewable on a yearly basis and are dependant on successful completion of the academic year. If you fail your course or decide to drop out, you may be liable for all bursary funds paid out on your behalf.

Parents/guardian/religious groups Your parents or guardian may be able to help you with funding, or their employers may offer students bursaries. Many church groups and other religious organisations offer bursaries to their members.

Some bursaries, such as contract bursaries, require that you work for the bursary company for a set period once you have completed your studies. Copies of The Bursary Register are available from leading bookstores or contact Levin Compilation on: T 011 672 6559

Bank loans Most major banking institutions offer student loans at attractive interest rates. Interest rates may decrease for consecutive years of study. Normally bank loans cover the duration of study and are repaid once you start working or once you have graduated. Some banks offer a grace period to students who are completing internships, articles or community service. In most instances you are required to repay the interest while still studying. Sometimes surety/security is required, which means that a relative, friend or sponsor must guarantee to repay the loan if you fail to do so. Visit your local bank to find out what products they offer students.

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Tips for Bursary funding! • Make enquiries early in the year • Apply to as many donors as possible • Check closing dates for completed application forms many donors and sponsors will not accept late applications

Visit our website for available bursaries www.wits.ac.za/prospective/financialaid

T (Absa) 011 403 3100

www.absa.co.za

T (Nedbank) 0860 115 060

www.nedbank.co.za

T (Standard Bank) 0860 123 000

www.standardbank.co.za

T (First National Bank) 0861 40 40 40

www.fnb.co.za

T (Eduloan) 0860 55 55 44

www.eduloan.co.za

Tip! If you can’t secure funding for your studies, seriously consider postponing your studies until you have raised enough money. Many students fail their courses because of financial problems.

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Ways of paying for your studies Scholarships Calling all academic achievers! Many tertiary institutions offer scholarships and merit awards to academically exceptional students. There is normally no requirement to repay a scholarship or merit award at the end of your studies. However, if you do not complete your course or if you fail, you may be liable for monies paid on your behalf.

- Two other designated subjects. The scholarship is renewable for each year of the first undergraduate degree provided that academic performance is of a high standard.

* Eligible only if you have written a South African matric /National Senior Certificate.

2. Equality Scholarship

Please note: Students who receive external funding covering tuition fees will forfeit the Academic Excellence Scholarship Award. However, the University will then award the student a scholarship according to the number of ‘A’ symbols in the subjects achieved in the matriculation examination. Students may not hold two University-administered scholarships concurrently. Withdrawal of a Scholarship Students are required in terms of the rules to notify the Manager, Financial Aid and Scholarships, in writing immediately he/she cancels his/ her enrolment or fails to present himself/herself for the year-end examination in all qualifying courses. The full scholarship will be withdrawn and the student will be liable for payment of fees. At Wits we offer the following awards to students entering Wits for the first time and first year:

1. Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships A scholarship of approximately R40 000 is awarded for the ten most outstanding matriculants who have applied to study at Wits*. The criteria used to determine this is the following: • The highest marks in a maximum of 6 designated subjects are considered • The 6 subjects must include: - Two official languages (English being one) - Mathematics and Physical Science

* This increases annually as agreed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Committee.

The Equality Scholarship is an initiative led by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Habib. It is targeted at the top performing students in tier 1 and 2 schools from the public schooling sector. The award will be offered to the top ten students who have performed outstandingly in their Matric year and who are offered a place to study at the University. The scholarship covers tuition and residence as well a monthly stipend and is renewable for each year of the first undergraduate degree provided that academic performance is of a high standard.

3. University Entrance Scholarships For matriculants not recipients under 1. Students who have studied at a tertiary institution are not eligible. If you score between 1 and 3 distinctions (80% and above or a rating of 7), you may be eligible for a scholarship which is worth R1 500 for each distinction. If you score between 4 and 6 distinctions, each distinction will be worth R4 000 for your first year of study. The scholarship is to be used for tuition fees and excludes residence fees, notes and any other miscellaneous expenses. Conditions apply. These include: • The Scholarship is for a maximum of six designated subjects only and excludes Life Orientation. APM is included. • Scholarship students are still eligible

for NSFAS funding (the difference between the scholarship and the cost of being at University may be covered by NSFAS). • Academically excellent applicants with foreign school leaving qualifications may apply on an ad hoc basis. Students who took a gap year, may be eligible for a University Entrance Scholarship as defined under no 3. Please advise the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office once you register, as the scholarship will not be automatically recorded on the student system. The student should provide the University’s Financial Aid and Scholarships Office with any official remarked results issued by the examination authority that may impact on the amount of the scholarship by September of the same year for which the scholarship has been awarded. In the case of 1, 2 and 3, no application is necessary as the award is given automatically.

4. Foreign Results South African students who have completed a foreign qualification such as A level, AS level, IB and German Abitur may be eligible for recognition of distinctions achieved in these qualifications. The award will be up to a maximum of R12 000 only.

5. Sports Scholarships If you have played top league sport, represented your province or South Africa and your academic results are good, you may be eligible. These are only awarded once a student is enrolled at the University.

6. National Olympiad Winners (Maths and English Olympiads) • R20 000 for winners • R 8 000 for top ten runners-up. Students must provide the University’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office with a certified copy of their certificate.

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Sports bursaries/scholarships Smart AND good at sport? Applications for sports bursaries and scholarships at Wits are available from The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office: T +27 011 717 1081 or +27 11 717 1087

www.wits.ac.za/prospective/FinancialAid

THESE ARE SOME OF THE SPORTS BURSARIES ON OFFER: • Milton Alumni Engineering Sport Bursary • Wits Sports Council Bursaries • Wits Aquatic Club Bursaries • Neil Symons Athletic Bursaries • Wits Athletics Club Bursaries • Skye Foundation Bursaries: - Athletics / Harry Lampert - Hockey / Chandoo Vallabh - Rugby • Wits Basketball Club Bursaries • Gavin Cooke Canoe Club Bursary • Vinuchi Bursaries (Canoe and Gymnastics) • Bruce Murray Cricket Bursaries • Bidvest Soccer Bursaries • Wits Cricket Club Bursary • Wits Hockey Club Bursaries • Wits Rugby Club Bursaries • Wits Squash Club Bursaries • Wits Tennis Club Bursaries

Tip!  cademic success is the best way to ensure your future job prospects and/or future A funding should you choose to study at postgraduate level.

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NSFAS / WITS

Financial Assistance Wits-administered financial assistance is in the form of a loan. The major source of funds for Wits loans is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), funded by Government. Like a bank loan, the Wits / NSFAS loan is repayable once you start working. You are expected to start repaying your loan only once you are employed and earning more than R30 000 per year. The period allowed for repayments varies according to individual circumstances. Special legislation allows NSFAS to require employers to deduct loan repayments from the wages or salaries of borrowers. NSFAS rewards students who succeed academically. Academic results are used to calculate rebates. If you pass all your courses in any one year, 40% of your annual loan will be converted to a bursary. (A bursary, as defined in the Act No 56, 1999, is part of the loan which you do not have to pay back). This means you need to repay only 60% of your loan (plus interest) for that year! A student who passes half his / her courses will qualify for a 20% rebate. If you graduate within the minimum number of years required, you will have saved 40% of your loan each year, and you will owe far less than someone who takes longer to complete their degree. By repaying your NSFAS loan as quickly as possible, you will increase the funds available in the NSFAS scheme and thus the amount of money available to assist future generations of students who need financial assistance to study. Whether or not you are granted University-administered financial assistance depends on your financial need and academic potential. Wits considers various factors in selecting students for financial assistance, including the family’s gross annual income, the number of persons in the family, the distance of the student’s home from Johannesburg and the number of siblings at tertiary institutions. The official NSFAS means test is used. A student who submits false information forfeits the chance to obtain financial assistance and may face disciplinary proceedings. The size of the loan offered by NSFAS is usually a percentage of the tuition fees. In cases of extreme need, assistance with accommodation fees may be offered. The student and/or his/her family will be required to pay part of the fees. The level of the award varies from student to student. If you receive a merit award or scholarship, the amount will be deducted from your financial assistance package. In some instances students may also be eligible for a financial assistance package. This consists of a repayable loan plus a University-administered bursary. You do not have to apply for this as this is done automatically when you complete your application for financial assistance. To apply for financial assistance please complete the Wits financial assistance application form. Only a limited amount of funds are available for NSFAS / Wits loans so please explore other funding options. There is no guarantee that you will be given a loan. Go to www.nsfas.org.za for more information.

Tips for loans! The sooner you graduate the sooner you will start repaying your loan and the sooner you will be debt free. You will also owe less than someone who fails and has to repeat a year. Eduloan provides fast affordable finance, at fixed rates over a fixed term. The Matrix, East Campus

T 0860 55 55 44

www.eduloan.co.za

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