WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,741 for the full programme
Applications Begin:March 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts
Start Date:February 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

South African Sign Language (SASL) is a fully- edged language. The 1994 mid-year estimates of the Central Statistics Service indicate a total number of 1 609 386 signing Deaf South Africans who use SASL as a first language. The universal criteria applying to all natural human languages also apply to SASL. It is a visual-gestural language that uses the modality of space.

Courses introduce the receptive and productive skills of South African Sign Language (SASL); vocabulary in context as well as basic social functions and basic grammatical structures of SASL; and the origins of signed language and the concepts underlying Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.

Studying South African Sign Language is recommended for students who have an interest in Education, Drama, Language and Psychology.

Students will acquire the ability and confidence to communicate fluently in a marginalised, yet high profile language, and an informed appreciation of the culture, literature and history of the South African Deaf community.

Admission Requirements


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 Qualifications

English Language (O/IGCSE Level: A-C | AS Level: A-C | A Level: A-C)

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.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,741
Tuition Fees for International Students: $7,483

The amounts listed may exclude fees related to textbooks, study notes, excursions and lab fees.
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.

Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay 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.

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.
This excludes students with Refugee status.
It should be noted that International undergraduate students from outside of SADC pay double the local tuition fees.

Relevant Contact

Valerie Kilian
Personal Assistant to Head of School
Mondli Hadebe
School Administrative Manager
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