Wits University Important Dates

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Wits University  Important Dates

2021

Activity Dates
RegistrationMonday 07 January – Thursday 31 January (19 days)
Orientation weekMonday 28 January – Friday 01 February (5 days)
First teaching blockMonday 04 February – Wednesday 20 March (33 days)
Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research breakThursday 21 March – Sunday 31 March (11 days)
Second teaching blockMonday 01 April – Friday 17 May (32 days)
Study Break
Examinations
Saturday 18 May – Sunday 26 May (10 days)
Monday 27 May – Monday 24 June (20 days)
Winter Vacation/Study/Research breakTuesday 25 June – Sunday 14 July (20 days)
Third teaching blockMonday 15 July –  Friday 30 August (34 days)
Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research breakSaturday 31 August – Sunday 08 September (9 days)
Fourth teaching blockMonday 09 September – Tuesday 22 October (31 days)
Study Break
Examinations
Wednesday 23 October – Sunday 27 October (5 days)
Monday 28 October – Friday 22 November (20 days)
Summer Vacation/Study/Research breakSaturday 23 November

Please note:

  • The Faculty of Health Sciences’ term dates differ from those of the University and they may commence with lectures as early as the first working day in January.
  • Consult the University’s website for more detailed information about dates of registration for different cohorts of students

Public and religious holidays/holydays recognised by the University in 2021

DateName of holiday University status
Tuesday 1 JanuaryNew Year’s DayUniversity closed
Thursday 21 MarchHuman Rights DayUniversity closed
Friday 19 AprilGood FridayUniversity closed
Saturday 20 AprilPassover (Pesach) day 1**
Sunday 21 AprilPassover (Pesach) day 2**
Monday 22 AprilFamily DayUniversity closed
Friday 26 AprilPassover (Pesach) day 7**
Saturday 27 AprilFreedom DayUniversity closed
Passover (Pesach) day 8**
Wednesday 1 MayWorkers’ DayUniversity closed
Monday 06 May1st Ramadaan (Commencement of Fasting) *
Wednesday 05 JuneEid-ul-Fitr (Termination of Fasting) *
Sunday 09 JuneShavuoth (day 1)**
Monday 10 JuneShavuoth (day 2) **
Sunday 16 JuneYouth DayUniversity closed
Monday 17 JunePublic HolidayUniversity closed
Friday 9 AugustNational Women’s DayUniversity closed
Monday 12 AugustEid-ul-Adha (Day of Sacrifice) *
Tuesday 24 SeptemberHeritage DayUniversity closed
Monday 30 SeptemberRosh Hashanah (day 1) **
Tuesday 01 OctoberRosh Hashanah (day 2) **
Wednesday 09 OctoberYom Kippur **
Monday 14 OctoberSukkot (day 1) **
Monday 15 OctoberSukkot (day 2) **
Monday 21 OctoberSh’mini Atzeret**
Tuesday 22 OctoberSimchat Torah**
Saturday 26 OctoberNarak Chaturdashi (Diwali-South)
Sunday 27 OctoberLuxmi Pooja (Diwali-North)
Monday 16 DecemberDay of ReconciliationUniversity closed
Wednesday 25 DecemberChristmas DayUniversity closed
Thursday 26 DecemberDay of GoodwillUniversity closed

* = Islamic Holy Day – commences the previous evening; exact date depends on sighting of new moon
** = Jewish Holy Day – commences the previous evening
Please note:

No exam will be scheduled on a recognised University holiday/holyday.
Proposed Public School Term Dates in 2021

All Provinces
Term 109 January – 15 March
Term 202 April – 14 June
Term 309 July – 20 September
Term 401 October – 04 December

Open: 1 March 2021
Close: 30 September 2021(All course applications, residence applications and financial aid applications)
Exceptions: BArch (Bachelor of Architecture), Faculty of Health Sciences, B Audiology and B Speech-Lang Pathology close on 30 June
Application Fees:
R100 – ZA citizens
R700 – International applicants


2021/2022 Open Days

NO OPEN DAY
More Information Contact: zaki.mtshali@wits.ac.za

2021/2020 Term Dates

1st Semester: 8 February  –  19 May
Exams: 24 May – 21 June
Mid term break: 25 March  – 3 April
2nd Semester: 11 July – 15 November
Exams: 20 October – 16 November
Mid term break: 27 August – 4 September
Please remember that 1st and 2nd Semester dates will change dependent on the student’s last examination. Usually it can change by as much as 3 weeks for year end