• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #194 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
The complex social problems of the 21st century around the world require innovative and imaginative thinkers. Bachelor of Arts degree offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg will equip you with these skills and open up interesting and challenging fields of work.
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Why choose a Bachelor of Arts degree?

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree offered at University of the Witwatersrand, degree encourages critical and independant thinking, and is challenging and thought provoking.
  • The BA degree offers students a wide range of subjects.
  • The flexibility of a BA allows you more choice in the construction of your degree.
  • BA study can lead to postgraduate study - Hons, MA and PHD, including a PDM or MBA.
  • Courses within a BA degree are relevant in the workplace.
  • The BA degree prepares students for a large range of jobs, and gives students many different skills.
  • You can pursue a professional degree within a BA degree (for example, Law).

In choosing your courses:

  • Think of your intellectual aims and interests. 
  • Aim for focus and consistency by thinking of how the subject material will relate to your primary interests and preferences.
  • For some specific career paths, you can equip yourself more fully after your Bachelor of Arts by registering for further studies with a specific vocational or professional training focus – you would then become a postgraduate student.
  • Select courses that will provide you with a solid foundation in your areas of interest.
  • For example, if you are interested in Heritage and Museum work, subjects like Archaeology, Geography, History, Anthropology, Film, Visual and Performing Arts, History of Art and various languages would be useful.
  • If you want a career in Development Studies, you should choose courses such as African Languages and Literature, Labour and Economic Sociology, African Studies in History and Politics, International Relations, Anthropology, Linguistics, Economics, Psychology, Geography and Social Work.
  • Interested in Communications or Journalism as a career? Choose majors from: Media Studies, Languages, Sociology, Psychology, International Relations, Political Studies, and Film, Visual and Performing Arts, History of Art.

Career Opportunities

BA graduates are able to work in multiple fields, including:

  • African Studies
  • Communications or Journalism
  • Developmental Studies
  • Economics and Commerce
  • Education
  • English and Literature
  • Global Politics and Diplomacy
  • Heritage and Museum work
  • History
  • Language Studies and Translation
  • Law, Culture and Language
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media, Literature and Culture
  • Work, Organisation and Society
The Bachelor of Arts is offered at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

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

Programme Structure

The Wits BA

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) three-year full-time programme includes two majors and 22 courses. You will study your major in first, second, and third years, with each year adding different and more complex aspects of the subject, so you become specialised in your chosen field.When choosing your majors and courses, keep your career goals and interests in mind, to ensure that you’re fully equipped for a specific profession.

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.

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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.
  • International Qualifications
English Language (O/IGCSE Level: A-C | AS Level: A-C | A Level: A-C)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4578 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4578 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2289 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2289 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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