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Fees - What are the details and exceptions on fees for international students?

Melody Engelbrecht -

For full details and exceptions on fees for international students, consult the fees booklet of the university or click on www.wits.ac.za and click on "Study at Wits" and then "International Office".


An international student is defined as a student who is neither a South African national nor a permanent resident of South Africa as the time of registration. International students cannot register at the university unless their fees are paid in full; including tuition fees, South Africa medical cover and on-campus accommodation. Additionally, international postgraduate students from outside SADC must pay a non-refundable, annual International Postgraduate Registration Fee.


Students from the SADC member countries and Rwanda pay a different International Registration Fee (IRF) and local academic fees, as opposed to other international students, but like other international students, all other conditions remain the same; all fees and South African medical cover are paid in full before registration can occur. The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, etc.

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