South Africa Application Information - Johannesburg

The University of The Witwatersrand can take 6 - 10 students but it depends on availability in the different departments. Since this is a popular
place for medical electives, I would encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible.

Please submit the following application materials to our office. We will mail it for you.
           a) Completed Form A and Form 08 
           b) A short Curriculum Vitae
           c) A short letter of recommendation from your Faculty/Medical School (We have these for you)
           d) A clear color photocopy of your current passport

Submitting an application does not guarantee a placement. Therefore, please do not send any money until elective placement has been
confirmed. Once accepted, the Elective Office in Johannesburg will send you information about payment options. All fees are non-refundable.

Here is the link to the University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South

Students are not provided with accommodation at the teaching hospitals

University on-campus student accommodation is available at Wits Junction Residence (

To arrange accommodation in the Wits Junction residence you may contact the Residence Officer (Matshidiso Mokokwe) on e-mail or or telephone +27 11 7179174

Wits Junction is within a 7-10 minutes walk of both Medical School and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. A free shuttle
bus service is provided within the university campus and also to Chris Hani Baragwanath, Rahima Moosa and Helen Joseph Hospitals. The
shuttle bus does NOT run to the hospitals over weekends. The shuttle bus does run to two shopping malls over the weekends i.e. Killarney
and Rosebank Malls. Student will be given a bus timetable on day of registration with the Elective Office.

All accommodation, meals and transport costs are for the student's own account during the elective clerkship.


There are various options; it is best to approach the INFO AFRICA counter at the International Arrivals Hall at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo
International Airport. They will advise you accordingly.


Some transport options are:
           • The Gautrain bullet train (
           • Airport shuttle bus and various door-to-door shuttle bus services run by either hotels, backpackers etc
           • A private taxi will cost approximately ZAR350.00 one-way (subject to current petrol price rates).
           • For safety purposes hitchhiking is strongly discouraged.

Medical school to the hospitals
In Johannesburg:
For students working at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and the Helen Joseph / Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital complex, a free
daily university bus service operates between the main university campus, medical school and the teaching hospitals. The service does not
operate over the weekends and is discontinued during the summer vacation, i.e. between 05 December and ±5 January. Students are responsible
for their own transport arrangements. When on intake, the student is expected to make their own arrangement with regards to transport.

The public transport service in Johannesburg is challenging. Many students hire motor vehicles. Information on car hire may be obtained from the
elective office. Rules on the road:
           • Valid International Driver's License
           • Drive on the left hand side of the road
           • General speed limit: 40 - 60 kph in the city
           • General speed limit: 100 - 120 kph on the motorways

No visa is required

If you do not already have a passport, I would encourage you to start that process. Here is the link to the US State Department website that
addresses passport applications:

Last modified: Mar 26, 2014