University of Witwatersrand : Rankings, Fees & Courses Details | Top Universities
Campus, Johannesburg South Africa
    • QS World University Rankings
      =424
    • StatusPublic
    • Research OutputVery High
    • Student/Faculty Ratio15
    • ScholarshipsYes
    • International Students1,885
    • SizeL
    • Total Faculty1,626

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    COVID-19 Information: https://www.wits.ac.za/covid19/

    Based in Johannesburg in South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) offers over 3,600 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English within:

    Wits’ commitment to social justice has meant it’s played a key role during historical moments in South Africa, with many Witwatersrand alumni becoming icons, both historically and today.

    Wits academics regularly publish world-leading research in the fields of natural science, medical and health science, social science, humanities and engineering. In fact, Wits is home to 381 NRF-rated researchers and 400 award-winning researchers, who regularly contribute new research in their fields and have a direct impact on policy and industry.

    Wits has partnerships with institutions around the world including research funding opportunities for staff and students. Wits prides itself on being very cosmopolitan, with 10 percent of its students coming from overseas and 85 nationalities represented on campus from Africa and the rest of the world. The Wits Language School offers English training to students who wish to improve their language skills, while Wits’ International Office supports international students throughout all stages of the study cycle - from study visas to finding a medical aid service provider.

    For the latest news and information, follow the University of Witwatersrand on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedInYouTube and Instagram.

    Wits students enjoy state-of-the-art academic and recreational facilities, including 11 libraries with computer labs, knowledge hubs and an award winning disability unit for students with physical, medical, learning or psychological conditions to realise themselves in spite of their disabilities. 

    Science enthusiasts can pay a visit to the Planetarium, the Origins Centre, the Bleloch Geological Museum, the Life Sciences Museum and the James Kitching Gallery in the Palaeosciences Centre.

    Together with the finest talent from across the African Continent, the Wits Theatre Complex continuously explores new and experimental work. With all this experimental work being done at the University, audiences will also be enthralled by the Fassler Gallery, the Anthropology Museum including the Wits Art Museum.

    Wits International Office - The Wits International Office (WIO) offers advice on matters concerning visas as well as student permits.

    Did You Know?

    The greater Johannesburg metropolis covers an area larger than Sydney, London or New York, and is estimated to be as big as Los Angeles

    Wits is an urban-based university, in the heart of the Joburg commercial hub. This is the hub of South African business and creative culture, through which students are exposed to a diversity of disciplines and social interactions.

    With over 100 active clubs and societies across all the campuses, there is something for everyone. The university is in the epicentre of comedy, theatre, art, music, nightlife, food, sports, nature and hiking, and history heritage.

    Central to student life are the residences which are modern, secure and well maintained.

    We offer all the day-to-day services you need to feel at home while studying at Wits, including accommodation, housekeeping, meals, recreation, and access to support, development, and extra-curricular activities.

    Healthcare facilities are readily available to students in need and the staff at these facilities strive to ensure that the healthcare needs of students are prioritised at all times. 

    About

    COVID-19 Information: https://www.wits.ac.za/covid19/

    Based in Johannesburg in South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) offers over 3,600 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English within:

    Wits’ commitment to social justice has meant it’s played a key role during historical moments in South Africa, with many Witwatersrand alumni becoming icons, both historically and today.

    Wits academics regularly publish world-leading research in the fields of natural science, medical and health science, social science, humanities and engineering. In fact, Wits is home to 381 NRF-rated researchers and 400 award-winning researchers, who regularly contribute new research in their fields and have a direct impact on policy and industry.

    Wits has partnerships with institutions around the world including research funding opportunities for staff and students. Wits prides itself on being very cosmopolitan, with 10 percent of its students coming from overseas and 85 nationalities represented on campus from Africa and the rest of the world. The Wits Language School offers English training to students who wish to improve their language skills, while Wits’ International Office supports international students throughout all stages of the study cycle - from study visas to finding a medical aid service provider.

    For the latest news and information, follow the University of Witwatersrand on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedInYouTube and Instagram.

    Wits students enjoy state-of-the-art academic and recreational facilities, including 11 libraries with computer labs, knowledge hubs and an award winning disability unit for students with physical, medical, learning or psychological conditions to realise themselves in spite of their disabilities. 

    Science enthusiasts can pay a visit to the Planetarium, the Origins Centre, the Bleloch Geological Museum, the Life Sciences Museum and the James Kitching Gallery in the Palaeosciences Centre.

    Together with the finest talent from across the African Continent, the Wits Theatre Complex continuously explores new and experimental work. With all this experimental work being done at the University, audiences will also be enthralled by the Fassler Gallery, the Anthropology Museum including the Wits Art Museum.

    Wits International Office - The Wits International Office (WIO) offers advice on matters concerning visas as well as student permits.

    Did You Know?

    The greater Johannesburg metropolis covers an area larger than Sydney, London or New York, and is estimated to be as big as Los Angeles

    Wits is an urban-based university, in the heart of the Joburg commercial hub. This is the hub of South African business and creative culture, through which students are exposed to a diversity of disciplines and social interactions.

    With over 100 active clubs and societies across all the campuses, there is something for everyone. The university is in the epicentre of comedy, theatre, art, music, nightlife, food, sports, nature and hiking, and history heritage.

    Central to student life are the residences which are modern, secure and well maintained.

    We offer all the day-to-day services you need to feel at home while studying at Wits, including accommodation, housekeeping, meals, recreation, and access to support, development, and extra-curricular activities.

    Healthcare facilities are readily available to students in need and the staff at these facilities strive to ensure that the healthcare needs of students are prioritised at all times. 

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    University highlights

    University of Witwatersrand is one of the top Public universities in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is ranked #=424 in QS Global World Rankings 2022.

    QS World University Rankings

    • 2012
      #363
    • 2014
      #=313
    • 2015
      #=318
    • 2016
      #=331
    • 2017
      #=359
    • 2018
      #=364
    • 2019
      #=381
    • 2020
      #400
    • 2021
      #403
    • 2022
      #=424

    Ranking criteria

    27.1
    Overall
    24.9
    Academic Reputation
    36.4
    Citations per Faculty
    30.3
    Employer Reputation
    12.4
    Faculty Student Ratio
    76.1
    International Faculty Ratio
    9.5
    International Students Ratio

    Student & Staff

    Total students
    24,963

    16%
    84%

    International students
    1,885

    48%
    52%

    Total faculty staff
    1,626

    491
    1135

    Total students
    24,963

    16%
    84%

    International students
    1,885

    48%
    52%

    Total faculty staff
    1,626

    1135
    491

    Scholarships

    Yes
    The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.

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