Knowledge for a new generation
University is situated four kilometres from Johannesburg,
the financial hub of South Africa
We are in the process of establishing
a unique and innovative South African university. RAU
University and the Technikon Witwatersrand will merge
on 1 January 2005 to become the University of Johannesburg.
This means students will become part of one of the
very first comprehensive universities in South Africa.
Characteristic of a comprehensive university is its
offering of a broad spectrum of programmes with different
entry requirements that include both general academic
and career-orientated programmes. Students will be
able to enrol for a range of qualifications, including
certificates, diplomas, degrees and higher degrees.
Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki was
capped an Honorary Doctor by RAU’s Chancellor.
RAU was founded in 1967 with just over 700 registered students. Today, approximately
22 000 students represent the rich cultural and racial diversities of the
South African population, and the University offers outstanding academic
programmes, assisted by mixed modes of delivery.
The modern, compact campus is situated in park-like surroundings in Auckland
Park, Johannesburg, and is part of a cosmopolitan community. Johannesburg
is the gateway to many great destinations in South Africa and the rest of
Africa. Johannesburg is also the financial hub of South Africa and forms
part of the Gauteng province, which is responsible for 48% of South Africa’s
economy. Johannesburg represents gold, gold mine dumps and ‘big’ money,
with the largest financial and industrial infrastructure on the continent
The applicant should contact the
relevant faculty to enquire about specific entry
requirements of their course of choice.
The closing date for international applications
for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies is
31 August of the year prior to the academic year in
which a student would want to study.
The University requires non-English
speakers to take the internationally recognised English
language competency test called IELTS (International
English Language Testing System). The admission score
is 6 for undergraduates and 7 for postgraduates (9
being the highest).
If English is the first language of
the applicant he or she is exempt from this test, but
proof of English competency needs to be submitted when
applying to the University. However, Afrikaans-speaking
applicants are exempt from this condition. Students
are responsible for taking this test themselves and
for the costs thereof. A certified copy of the test
results must be submitted with the application form
and other required documentation when applying to the
The IELTS test is administered by the
British Council at centres all over the world. Visit
the IELTS website for more details: www.ielts.org/.
Unfortunately, special English language
courses are not offered for foreigners by the University.
for undergraduate studies.
In order to study for a South African degree the equivalent of a South African
senior certificate/high school certificate with matriculation exemption or
foreign conditional exemption is required. Therefore an applicant needs to
contact the South African Matriculation Board to have their school-leaving
certificate evaluated. The evaluation certificate must then be submitted to
the relevant faculty together with certified copies of academic records.
Candidates who have written the ‘O’ level
or equivalent examination and who are not writing any
other school-leaving examination are not eligible for
admission to the University.
Postgraduate admission policy
Application for postgraduate studies
at the University must be addressed to the relevant
academic department or faculty. An application must
be submitted together with a motivation to study
at the University, a curriculum vitae, a short research
proposal, and complete, certified records of academic
training. Results of the English competency test
must also be submitted. Documentary evidence of previous
qualifications needs to be submitted to the South
African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
RAU enjoys a reputation of being
a research-intensive university. Testimony to this
is its per capita research output, which is constantly
among the very best of all South African universities;
the number of A-rated researchers it has delivered;
the national and international recognition of RAU-initiated
and managed journals; the number of bursaries, stipends
and awards that RAU researchers have received; and
the allocation of both national and international
research funds amounting to several millions of rands.
Medium of instruction
A parallel medium of instruction
is followed, giving students a choice between English
and Afrikaans. The University has also adapted a
multi-modal teaching and learning strategy over the
last couple of years. This entails different methods
of access and presentation in teaching and learning
Faculties and programmes
The University has six faculties: Arts
(Humanities) Engineering Natural
and Management Sciences Law Education
Courses ranging from foundation,
certificate programmes to undergraduate and postgraduate
degrees and diplomas are offered. Doctoral programmes
are offered in all faculties.
Facilities and services
The University is fortunate in
that it has a custom-designed, multi-functional campus.
The unique circular layout of the campus has the
library, lecture halls, laboratories, auditorium,
Student Centre and sports fields within a few minutes'
walking distance of each other. The University's
design and functional layout ensure a private and
safe environment for students, staff and visitors.
The key feature of the campus is accessibility.
Sport and cultural activities
In focusing on the total development
of its students, the University provides an excellent
sporting infrastructure. It also offers a wide range
of cultural and artistic societies, political and
academic organizations and social clubs that reflects
an expressive, energetic student body.
Support for international students
The International Office provides
support to international students and academics.
Ongoing advice and guidance is provided regarding
academic, social, accommodation and emotional aspects
of student life.
Student accommodation on campus
is extremely limited. Applicants may contact the
Residence Office with enquiries about available accommodation.
Applicants will be informed in writing if accommodation
had been reserved for them.
As an alternative, it is recommended
that applicants contact the private accommodation provider
for possible placements close to the University.
Study permits and Health
Anybody who is not a South Africa citizen or does not have permanent residence
status in South Africa would need to apply for a study permit for the University.
Applicants are required to apply for admission to the University first. Once
the application is successful, a letter of admission status will be sent to
the applicant, after which the applicant may apply for the study permit.
The Department of Health in South Africa
stipulates very urgently that all international students
who wish to study at a South African institute for
higher education are required to have health cover.
Applicants are advised to take out a medical cover
policy, preferably in South Africa, which will cover
ALL medical costs while studying in South Africa. The
International Office can advise applicants on a medical
cover for international students.
Students from Africa
SADC and other African countries pay the prescribed tuition fee for local students
plus a relevant, non-refundable international registration fee.
All other foreign countries
Prescribed tuition fees plus a relevant, non-refundable international registration
fee is payable. All postgraduate students from SADC, other African countries
and all other foreign countries pay the tuition fee as prescribed for local
students for the year, plus a non-refundable international registration fee.
|International Relations Office
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| Tel: +27 (0)11 489 3129
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