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African Languages, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months



African languages are increasingly making their mark in the post-apartheid corporate and public spheres, with different companies and government departments introducing language policy adjustments that are in tandem with the National Language Policy Framework. Expertise in  African Languages offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg   in these different spheres are therefore becoming a requirement as can be seen in media (both broadcast and print), in education, law, and the financial sector.

There are two major streams to the teaching and learning of African Languages courses; mother tongue and non-mother tongue instruction.

Career Opportunities

  • Education (secondary schools, institutions of higher learning, ABET)
  • Translation/interpreting
  • Interpreting
  • Prose/poetry or scriptwriting
  • Language advice in cultural industries
  • Language policy and planning
  • Copywriting and creative strategy in advertising
  • Content authorship for new technologies
  • Lexicography (the creation of dictionaries, spell-checker software)
  • National language policy-making

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses overview

Mother tongue instruction exposes students to the study or linguistics, sociolinguistics, African-language literature, African popular culture, film and television productions in African languages. 

Non-mother tongue instruction concerns itself with the teaching of the language and culture. Students will familiarise themselves with speaking, reading, writing and hearing either IsiZulu or Sesotho at the elementary level.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

APS 34+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
  • Wait-listing
Applicants with entry requirements of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2852 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2852 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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