WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,754 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology Major
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The anthropology curriculum at Wits encourages critical and informed debate about the ways that vital social issues – problems of inequality, power, justice, violence, health, identity, intimacy, or ethics – have taken shape and been argued about in modern African life worlds.

In the first year of the undergraduate programme, questions about humanity, diversity and identity have been framed and debated in modern African thought are investigated.

In the second year, the experience of fieldwork as a technique to explore both the life worlds of African cities, such as Johannesburg, and the ways in which our bodies become so important to our experiences of social life are introduced.

In the third year, the global history of modern anthropological thought is explored, critical concepts for thinking through questions of race and racism are examined, important sub-fields such as medical or legal and political anthropology are surveyed, and students are introduced to the practice of presenting social research in public fora, such as the schools own Anthropology Museum.

Most undergraduate courses are also writing-intensive, with the main aim being to cultivate students’ abilities to write about the insights that they develop in their reading, discussion, and thinking.


– Introduction to Antropology
– Culture Today

– Select Topics ‘Life World’s of the City’
– Youth and Nationhood

– Development of Anthropological Thought
– Anthropology of Material Culture
– Anthropology of Medicine and Body
– Select Topics: Secrecy

Admission Requirements

South African Students
– APS 34+
– English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5

Applicants with entry requirements of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.

International Students
Once you have been accepted to study at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg you need to meet some requirements:
– Letter of Acceptance from the University, accept the offer on the Student Self Service Portal.
Valid Passport
– Apply for the Study Visa.  When collecting your Study Visa, check the date of issue and expiry. Ensure that the visa is issued for the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg or any of its variations
– Apply for South African Medical Aid Cover with a registered South African Medical Aid Provider until 31 December (Refer to Medical Aid section under “Immigration Information”)
– Make travel arrangements to come to travel to South Africa
– Arrange for funds for fees and living expenses.  The payment for the tuition fees, related costs and on-campus accommodation (if applicable) must be done in advance
– Arrange for a shuttle transfer to Wits University or place of residence.
– Students should bring their Original School Leaving Certificates and /or Tertiary Qualifications for Matriculation Exemption

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC Students: $7
Application Fees for International students: $46

The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
– Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply.
– Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
– Local Students pay an application fee of R100 while International Students pay R700
– Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Professional research in fields of community economics, local politics, land claims, business cultures, social issues and relations, race, identity and gender;
– Print and broadcast journalism;
– Advertising, marketing, communications;
– Industrial relations, work place diversity, personnel management, public relations;
– Arts management, cultural policy and sponsorship, heritage and museum management;
– Economic and organisational development;
– Teaching, curriculum development, educational policy research and implementation;
– Law, cultural and language development policy, social planning;
– Public and community health, initiatives on reproduction and sexuality, integration of folk and bio-medical health delivery, family support structures.

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,754
Tuition Fees for International students: $7,508

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R56,920
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R113840
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Julia Hornberger
Head of Department
Dr Edmore Chitukutuku
For Enquiries in Faculty of Humanities