Wits University Other Important Information

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 Wits University Other Important Information

Wits University Other Important Information

Our History
Wits University is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa – a vibrant, leading commercial city on the African continent. The history of Wits is linked with mining, academic excellence, and political and civic activism.


Read all the pages of this web document before you apply for an elective clerkship in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • ALL registration fees must be paid IN FULL on the day of arrival or registration with the Elective Officer. A credit card facility is available in the Faculty of Health Sciences. No cash or cheques are accepted. Payment by EFT must reflect in the Faculty bank account at the time of registration and the proof of the EFT payment must be submitted at that time.
  • NO REFUND of registration fees will be considered under any circumstance.
  • Applications for the Trauma Unit at both Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital should be made one year in advance.

No changes will be considered once your elective program has been confirmed and/or has commenced.
Under NO circumstance will elective registration fees be refunded.
Cancellation after the commencement of your elective clerkship will NOT be subject to a refund.
The registration fee for the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is NOT refundable.

  • A stethoscope is a standard requirement.
  • Identity name tags are to be worn at all times.
  • Men are to wear smart or casual long pants and a collared shirt (or a cultural equivalent).
  • Women wear dresses, skirts, and tops, or long pants and tops (or cultural equivalent).
  • Closed shoes must be worn at all times whilst on duty in the hospital. No open shoes and/ or sandals are allowed whilst on duty.
  • Appearance must be neat and tidy at all times whilst on duty befitting that of a professional person.
  • Scrub suits are worn in the Trauma, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery units.
  • Students in the Trauma unit are given one complimentary scrub suit. Additional scrub suits will have to be purchased at the student’s own expense. It is advisable for students in the Trauma Unit to bring along eye goggles for protection.

Compulsory immunization against Hepatitis, MMR, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella is a precondition for admission.
BCG- Bacille Calmette Guerin vaccination or PPD – Purified Protein Derrivative inoculation is advised as a precautionary measure in the event of exposure to TB- tuberculosis patients.
Malaria prophylaxis is required for students intending to travel to high-risk areas such as the Kruger National Park and Mozambique.
As stipulated by both the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Health, it is COMPULSORY for all visiting International students to have personal medical coverage for the duration of their stay in South Africa. ALL international students must have Health and Personal Accident insurance including comprehensive hospital coverage for the duration of their stay. This should be arranged by the student. In addition, Professional/Public Liability insurance coverage is not available through the University and, if required, should be arranged by the student prior to the start of the clerkship. You will not be permitted to register with this University unless proof of full health insurance coverage is provided.
Who needs a study permit?
In terms of the Aliens Control Act No. 96 of 1991 (section 26), if you are a resident outside South Africa and are not a South African citizen or you do not have permanent residence status, you are required to obtain the correct entrance visa/ permit for the duration of stay in South Africa. For further information in this regard, please visit: www.southafricahouse.com

Contact Information


Email: www.wits.ac.za/askwits

Tel: (011) 717 1888


Email: webmaster@wits.ac.za

Tel: (011) 717-1000

Emergency Numbers

  • SAP Flying Squad 10111
  • Wits Campus Control 011 717 4444/6666
  • Ambulance 999/10177/082 911
  • Wits Health and Wellness Centre 011 717 9111/13
  • Wits Traffic Office 011 717 1882/3
  • Off Campus Emergencies
    Millpark Hospital 011 480 5600
    Garden City Hospital 011 495 5000






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