Incoming Exchange Students
The Wits Business School (WBS) is one of the leading business schools in Africa. It is the only business school in Africa which is a member of PIM (Partnership in International Management), an association of over 60 international business schools which promotes student and faculty exchange programmes.
Each year we have a number of students from business schools around the world attending our MBA programme for their electives.
Equally, a number of our own students choose to study at partner business schools overseas. The WBS is AMBA- accredited and a member of the African Association of Business Schools (AABS).
1. Part-time (PT) Weekday or Saturday: Commences in January. Students attend evening lectures twice a week, or for a full day on Saturday. Classes commence in January. The official duration is 24 months.
2. MBA (PT) Long Block Release format: Classes commence in June. The programme is offered on a long block study format with each block being 10-12 days long. The official duration of the programme is 24 months.
In addition, students are expected to spend two hours in preparation for every contact hour in the classroom, i.e. an additional 12.5 hours per week per course. Preparation time would typically include: general background reading; prescribed readings; case study preparation; completing individual assignments; syndicate (group) meetings, and assignments and studying for examination purposes.
WBS study tours in Africa offer unique, on-field learning, exposing exchange students to various companies, business models and etiquettes in the emerging market landscape.
The costs of the trip ($2 500) includes company and site visits, flights, bed and breakfast, cultural activities and themed dinners and lunches. These tours take place between 1 – 31 March 2022, and 1 – 30 November 2022.
|First Teaching Block||18 January – 27 March 2021|
|Examination week(s) (Full Time classes)||16 March – 27 March 2021|
|Examination week(s) (Part Time classes)||23 March – 27 March 2021|
|Second Teaching Block||04 April – 12 June 2021|
|Examination week(s) (Full Time classes)||02 June – 12 June 2021|
|Examination week(s) (Part Time classes)||08 June – 12 June 2021|
|Third Teaching Block||20 June – 28 August 2021|
|Examination week(s) (Full Time classes)||17 August – 28 August 2021|
|Examination week(s) (Part Time classes)||24 August – 28 August 2021|
|Fourth Teaching Block||05 September – 13 November 2021|
|Examination week(s) (Full Time classes)||02 November – 13 November 2021|
|Examination week(s) (Part Time classes)||09 November – 13 November 2021|
|Behavioural Economics||David Zidel||7462A|
|Business in Africa||Dr Renee Horne||7422A|
|Business Start-Ups||Laurence Beder||7444A|
|Corporate Entrepreneurship||Laurence Beder||7445A|
|Industry & Competitor Analysis||Mzoxolo Gulwa||7446A|
|Industry Foresight & Business Future Strategy||Dr Thabo Mosala||7429A|
|Management Consulting||Dr Grant Sieff||7454A|
|Mergers & Acquisitions||Derek Seely||7448A|
|Private Equity||Derek Seely||7449A|
|Strategic Finance||Dr Thabo Mosala||7456A|
|Date||Name of holiday/holyday||University Status|
|Friday 1 January||New Year's Day||University closed|
|Sunday 21 March||Human Rights Day||University closed|
|Monday 22 March||Public Holiday||University closed|
|Saturday 27 March||Passover (Pesach) day 1**|
|Sunday 28 March||Passover (Pesach) day 2**|
|Friday 2 April||Good FridayPassover (Pesach) day 7**||University closed|
|Saturday 3 April||Passover (Pesach) day 8**|
|Monday 5 April||Family Day||University closed|
|Wednesday 14 April||1st Ramadaan (Commencement of Fasting) *|
|Tuesday 27 April||Freedom Day||University closed|
|Saturday 1 May||Workers’ Day||University closed|
|Friday 14 May||Eid-ul-Fitr (Termination of Fasting) *|
|Monday 17 May||Shavuoth day 1**|
|Tuesday 18 May||Shavuoth day 2**|
|Wednesday 16 June||Youth Day||University closed|
|Wednesday 21 July||Eid-ul-Adha (Day of Sacrifice) *|
|Monday 9 August||National Women's Day||University closed|
|Monday 6 September||Rosh Hashanah day 1**|
|Tuesday 7 September||Rosh Hashanah day 2**|
|Wednesday 15 September||Yom Kippur **|
|Monday 20 September||Sukkot (day 1) **|
|Tuesday 21 September||Sukkot (day 2) **|
|Friday 24 September||Heritage Day||University closed|
|Tuesday 28 September||Simchat Torah**|
|Wednesday 3 November||Narak Chaturdashi (Diwali- South)|
|Thursday 4 November||Luxmi Pooja (Diwali-North)|
|Thursday 16 December||Day of Reconciliation||University closed|
|Saturday 25 December||Christmas Day||University closed|
|Sunday 26 December||Day of Goodwill||University closed|
|Monday 27 December||Public Holiday||University closed|
*Islamic Holy Day – commences the previous evening; exact date depends on the sighting of the new moon
**Jewish Holy Day – commences this day and continues to the following day
No exam will be scheduled on a recognised University holiday/holyday.
Exchange students are selected by their home institutions. Once WBS receives confirmation of their selection the student will be sent a WBS information pack. Registration for courses takes place on arrival at WBS.
The deadline for applications is three months prior to the commencement of classes for each quarter. Students may enroll for any of the four quarters.
Most electives will be offered online in 2021. If you intend on visiting Wits Business School in South Africa please notify the international office and consult the Study Permits and Visa information.
Exchange students are required to apply for a study permit/visa at the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in their country of residence or country of origin for stays of longer than 90 days. For stays less than 90 days exchange students are required to apply for a visitor’s permit.
In addition to financial and medical reports, students will need to submit a letter of acceptance to study at WBS and proof of accommodation. The latter two documents are sent to students by the Co-ordinator of International Programmes, Karen Trent. See contact section for details.
Visit www.dfa.gov.za/sa-abroad/salist.htm for information on your closest South African Consulate.
It is compulsory for all international students to have full medical insurance cover from a South African medical insurer if their stay is longer than 90 days. Wits University has negotiated a favourable deal with a few medical insurance companies. Insurance is obtainable on arrival at the University. The Campus Health and Wellness Centre also offers comprehensive medical services.
All courses are taught in English.
Finance, Information Management, Human Resources, International and Digital Business, Strategy and the Business Environment in Africa and Emerging Markets.
Lectures, case studies, discussions, team projects and industry expert presentations, on-field learning and simulations. The high level of classroom participation, group work and interaction among students and faculty mean that exchange students must be proficient in English (speaking, reading and writing).
All classes are mandatory.
10 – 65 (smaller classes for Elective Courses).
Three courses per quarter are recommended for students whose home language is not English. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum number of courses, however – students must satisfy the requirements of their home institution. The number of lecture hours per course is 22.5.
Grading is based on class participation, individual and team assignments (projects) and presentations, case analyses and a final examination written at the end of the quarter. A percentage grading system is used with the final course grade based on a five symbol scale (A – D, F). A conversion of grades table will be supplied with the student’s academic transcript.
WBS is situated approximately 1.5 km from the main Wits University campus in the leafy, historic Johannesburg suburb of Parktown. Facilities at the attractive WBS campus include modern lecture and syndicate rooms, auditoriums, computer labs, a cafeteria and one of the leading management libraries in South Africa. Students also enjoy access to the many facilities on the main university campus.
Secure accommodation is provided for exchange students at U House and The Wits Junction, the perfect atmosphere for international students to experience, to immerse themselves in South African culture and to make a few friends. Each self contained, furnished compact apartment has a bathroom, kitchenette, cooker and fridge and is also equipped with a telephone, Internet connectivity and heater.Parking is available and there is a 24-hour security service on campus. Housing is arranged through Karen Trent (see contact details).
Application deadline: 3 months before arrival.
1. U House
2. Trematon House
3. The Junction
$250 per month
$550 per month
$70 – $100 per book
$100 per month
MBA Africa Study Tour:
Course materials are free of charge for exchange students
(as are E-mail and Internet access)
Any additional costs
There are 2 tennis courts, a swimming pool and a squash court on the WBS campus. There are also numerous sports clubs, societies and recreational facilities within walking distance on the main Wits campus.
Exchange students pay on a pro-rata basis for club membership and the use of sports facilities. There are additional sports faculties at the Wits Education Campus, within walking distance of WBS.
International students are housed together and often socialise and travel or sight-see in groups. South Africans are hospitable, and fellow classmates frequently invite exchange students on outings over and above those organised by the class.
There are restaurants and banks in the vicinity of the WBS, and large shopping malls are situated in nearby suburbs. Public transport in South Africa is generally poor, but there are bus routes to the malls.
Uber provides a safe, quick alternative that is competitively priced.
For tips and information on living in South Africa, visit www.infoafrica.co.za.
The Rand/Dollar and Rand/Euro exchange rates are very favourable for students coming to South Africa – therefore, accommodation, eating out, clothes, travelling and entertainment will cost less than in the US or Europe. The exception is the purchase of new or used cars, and exchange students often opt to hire a car (and share expenses) for the duration of their stay.
It is best to organise an international driver’s license applicable to South Africa in your home country. Please bear in mind that in South Africa we drive on the left-hand side of the road.
With regards to crime: as in any large city, students need to take ‘common-sense’ precautions for their personal safety.
Johannesburg – aka Jo’burg, eGoli or Jozi – is a rapidly changing city and the vibrant heart of South Africa. The city is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world and has a population of over 4.5 million.
Johannesburg was established in 1886 following the discovery of gold on what had been a farm along a ridge called the Witwatersrand (“ridge of white waters”). With gold mining at its historical heart, the city is now the commercial and financial hub of South Africa and the geographic ‘gateway’ to the rest of the continent.
With ‘vibey’ urban nodes, such as Sandton, Rosebank and Newtown, and great shopping and nightlife, Johannesburg is also known as the world’s biggest man-made forest, with more than 10 million trees populating its hilly suburbs.
Jozi is also known for its great climate. The summer months (October-April) are sunny and warm (an average maximum temperature of 25.6˚C) with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Evenings are pleasantly cool. Winters are also sunny, but dry, and while the average maximum temperature is around 16˚C in June, temperatures can plummet overnight to around 1˚C.
Johannesburg is a treasure trove of cultural and historical tourist attractions, including: