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Frequently asked questions

What are the opening hours?

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 to 18:00 during lecture times.
Fridays: 09:00 to 17:00 during lecture times.

Where is Wits Plus located?

The Wits Plus Building is on the West Campus in Braamfontein - view directions here.

Where can I get application forms?

  • Part-time Degrees: All applications have to be completed online.
  • Occasional Study: Download the the application form or collect a copy from the Degrees Department, located on the first floor at the Wits Plus Building.
  • Short Courses: Download the the application form or collect a copy from the Short Courses Department, located on the second floor at the Wits Plus Building.


Which short courses are available?

View the available courses - click on the course name to open a course brochure

What is the NQF level or equivalent of Wits Plus short courses?

Stand-alone short courses do not lead to a part of or a full qualification registered on the NQF - read more about Wits Course Levels.

Must the short course fees be paid in full and by when?

The payment of fees for all short courses is the responsibility of the individual attending the course. Wits policy requires that all fees be paid prior to registration. Payment can be made by electronic transfer or bank deposit. (Wits Plus does NOT accept cash.) The original proof of payment must be provided on registration day, the dates of which will be provided in an acceptance letter.

Certificates of Competence

A Certificate of Competence is awarded for the successful completion of all tasks set by the lecturer, including essays, assignments, tests and exams and attendance at 80% of the lectures. Certificates of Competence are issued within six (6) weeks of the publication of results and will need to be collected from the Wits Plus offices, if the student prefers not to attend the certificate ceremony. Replacement certificates are only issued in very rare circumstances following a written request and a replacement certificate fee applies. 


Which part-time degrees are available?

View the available degrees courses - click on the name of the degree to open an information page.

How do I accept my offer online?

In order to accept your offer online, certified hard copies of your documents [matric/school leaving results and academic transcripts (if applicable)] need to be brought to the Wits Plus Degrees Department

How do I find out about my application status?

Please contact the Wits Plus Degrees Department directly.

Term Dates

Lectures for semester 1 commence in February and end in June and lectures for semester 2 will commence in the second week of July and end in November. Each course ends as lecturers complete the stated number of lectures. The University usually has a one-week term break in the middle of each semester and a two-week mid-year break.

International Students

Please contact the International Students Office to ensure that you meet all immigration requirements to attend short certificate courses. All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required to pay a non-refundable annual International Registration Fee (IRF). Click here for more information about fees.

Important Disclaimer

Please note: Wits Plus, University of the Witwatersrand, reserves the right to withdraw a course from its offerings should registrations not reach viable numbers. In this event a full refund will be made or students will be allowed to transfer the paid fees to another course.

Minimum class size for 100 level courses is 20 students.
Minimum class size for 200 level courses is 10 students.
Minimum class size for 300 level courses is 10 students.

Security on Campus

Wits is protected by Campus Control – their HQ office is in Central block CB 1 on the Braamfontein East Campus in the Great Hall (+27 11 717 4444). Campus control staff patrol the campus keeping an eye on people and cars. The Braamfontein West Campus is well lit at night. Should you feel in any way unsafe or observe an incident that concerns you, please report the matter to Campus Control. 

Refreshments on Campus

The Tower of Light Kiosk as well as the Zesti Lemonz cafeteria on the Braamfontein West Campus are open until 19:00 and supply coffee, cool drinks, etc. Café Fino is located at the Origins Centre on the Braamfontein East Campus and is open from 08:30 to 17:30 – it is also good for lunches, snacks and a coffee.