University of the Witwatersrand Term Date 2025

University of the Witwatersrand Term Date 2025

2025 – University Term Dates

Activity Dates
Registration Monday 09 January – Friday 03 February
Orientation Sunday 29 January – Friday 03 February
First teaching block Monday 06 February – Friday 24 March (34 days)
Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research break Saturday 25 March – Sunday 02 April (9 days)
Second teaching block Monday 03 April – Friday 19 May (31 days)
Examinations Wednesday 24 May – Friday 23 June (22 days)
Winter Vacation/Study/Research break Saturday 24 June – Sunday 23 July (30 days)
Third teaching block Monday 24 July – Friday 08 September (34 days)
Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research break Saturday 09 September – Sunday 17 September (9 days)
Fourth teaching block Monday 18 September – Tuesday 31 October (31 days)
Examinations Friday 03 November – Thursday 30 November (20 days)
Summer Vacation/Study/Research break Fri 01 December

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 2025

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Date Name of holiday University status
Sunday 1 January New Year’s Day University closed
Monday 2 January Public Holiday University closed
Tuesday 21 March Human Rights Day University closed
Tuesday 11 April Pesach (day 1)**
Wednesday 12 April Pesach (day 2)**
Friday 14 April Good Friday University closed
Monday 17 April Family Day
Pesach (day 7)**
University closed
Tuesday 18 April Pesach (day 8)**
Thursday 27 April Freedom Day University closed
Monday 1 May Workers’ Day University closed
Saturday 27 May First day of Ramadan*
Wednesday 31 May Shavuoth**
Thursday 1 June Shavuoth**
Friday 16 June Youth Day University closed
Monday 26 June Eid-ul-Fitr*
Wednesday 9 August National Women’s Day University closed
Friday 01 September Eid-ul-Adha*
Thursday 21 September Rosh Hashanah (day 1)**
Friday 22 September Rosh Hashanah (day 2)**
Sunday 24 September Heritage Day University closed
Monday 25 September Public Holiday University closed
Saturday 30 September Yom Kippur**
Thursday 5 October Succot (day 1)**
Friday 6 October Succot (day 2)**
Thursday 12 October Sh’mini Atzeret **
Friday 13 October Simchat Torah**
Wednesday 18 October Diwali (South India)
Thursday 19 October Diwali (North India)
Saturday 16 December Day of Reconciliation University closed
Monday 25 December Christmas Day University closed
Tuesday 26 December Day of Goodwill University closed

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

School Term Dates in 2025

Term All Provinces
Term 1 18 January – 31 March
Term 2 10 April – 23 June
Term 3 17 July – 29 September
Term 4 09 October – 06 December

– See more at: https://www.wits.ac.za/students/academic-matters/term-dates/2025/#sthash.JMkJ9s5J.dpuf


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.