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A Word of Welcome Dr Pinkie Mekgwe Executive Director, Division For Internationalisation The University of Johannesburg (UJ) extends a warm welcome to you, as an international student, and invites you to become an active member of the UJ community. You are joining a university that is young, vibrant, and was built on the footholds of possibility, tenacity, and a ‘can-do’ attitude, all of which are attributes that it shares with the city it is located in, and whose name it carries: Johannesburg. Make time to get to know this cosmopolitan city, and claim it rightly as your home. You are now a member of an institution that upholds excellence in all facets of its work and life. You will be wholly supported in order that you can excel in all your academic pursuits. As an international student, you have the opportunity of a life time to attain well-rounded education that goes beyond the academic. An international education imbues you with, amongst others, attributes of adaptability, for personal, social and intercultural flexibility, and cultural fluency: the soft skills growth, so richly afforded by our campus so sought after by employers world-wide. life and the broader Johannesburg Your international education at UJ then, community and South African society. sets you on a path to be highly competitive as a graduate. It also prepares you for The Division for Internationalisation is your leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, home-away-from- home. It is your first port and creativity, all of which accord you of call as you enter the university, the tools to lead; to be an employer; to and remains a resource for your support contribute positively to humanity, at home throughout your time at UJ. Make use of all and beyond. the opportunities that UJ offers you. Your presence at UJ is highly valued and Seek assistance when you are in doubt. you stand to contribute to cultural diversity Most of all, claim your place of excellence as well as academic enrichment which are and open your mind to the UJ notion of the hallmarks of our internationalisation programme. We trust that you will find your being a shape shifter in your own right: stay enjoyable, hospitable, friendly and an rethink, reinvent. enriching academic and social experience. Welcome! We encourage you to seek opportunities
Content PAGE 1 About UJ 18 Annual International Festival 1 Education for the 21st century 18 Facilities 2 First-year Experience 18 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus 2 Facilitating teaching and learning 20 Doornfontein Campus 2 Campuses of the University of Johannesburg 20 Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus 21 Soweto Campus 2 Division for Internationalisation 2 International Admissions and Welfare Office 21 Other Services 3 English Proficiency Test 21 Protection services 23 Access control 4 Academic Calendar for 2018 23 Campus Health 5 Registration 2018 23 Inter-Campus Transport 5 Arrival 23 South Africa 5 Registration procedures for 2018 24 Location 7 First-year Seminar 24 Climate 8 Study Visa 24 Currency 8 How to apply for a Study Visa 24 Credit cards and travel cards 9 Endorsement of relatives visa 24 Taxation 9 Changing conditions of a Study Visa 24 Electricity 24 Telephone & Internet communication 9 Fees 25 Time 11 Banking details 25 Banks 11 Undergraduate students 25 Foreign exchange 11 Postgraduate students 25 Living in S.A. 13 Financial assistance 26 Public transport 13 Medical Aid 26 Emergency Information 13 Comp-Care 26 Procedure 13 Momentum Health 26 Police Services 15 Accommodation 16 The Buddy System 16 What is a buddy System? 18 Culture shock 18 Homesickness 18 Socials
About UJ The University of Johannesburg was has eleven traditional universities (offering established on 1 January 2005. It is the result traditional formative degree programmes), of the incorporation of the Soweto and East five universities of technology (offering Rand campuses of Vista University into the vocational and professional programmes) Rand Afrikaans University – which took place and six “comprehensive institutions” on 1 January 2004 – and the merger of the (offering both formative degree programmes Rand Afrikaans University (into which the and vocational programmes). two Vista campuses had been incorporated) The University of Johannesburg falls in and the Technikon Witwatersrand on 1 the category of comprehensive institution. 1 January 2005, to create the University of The term “comprehensive institution” is Johannesburg (UJ). an instrument of educational policy and Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 The Technikon Witwatersrand had been in has no statutory definition. Each of the existence since 1925, the Rand Afrikaans “comprehensives” has developed an identity University since 1967 and the Vista University that best suits their own strategic objectives. since 1982. UJ has four campuses spread over Central Gauteng: the Auckland Park Education for the 21st century Kingsway Campus (APK), the Doornfontein As one of the largest residential Campus (DFC), the Auckland Park Bunting universities in South Africa without distance Road Campus (APB), and the Soweto education programmes, the University Campus (SWC). A fifth campus, the East Rand of Johannesburg’s teaching and learning Campus is currently dormant. With over 48 programmes result in degrees and diplomas 000 full-time students and 3 000 permanent in an array of subjects, ranging from Fine Arts employees, it is one of the largest residential to Engineering, from Business Management universities in South Africa. and Accounting to Haute Couture and The incorporation and merger, which led from Theology to Homoeopathy. The to the establishment of the University University has nine faculties located in of Johannesburg, was part of a major greater Johannesburg and it accommodates programme of the restructuring of higher a diverse student body on four campuses education in South Africa. The National Plan located in Doornfontein, Auckland Park, for Higher Education, published in 2001, Bunting Road and Soweto. Although these charted a course for a major revamp of campuses are fairly recent additions to the South African higher education institutions. urban landscape of the city, each is located in The most important consequence of the an area that made a significant contribution restructuring exercise conducted by the to its history and growth. For example, the Department of Education was the reduction campus in Doornfontein was developed of thirty-six universities and technikons to in the heart of one of Johannesburg’s twenty-three higher education institutions. oldest suburbs, which was laid out in 1889, This reduction was achieved by mergers and shortly after the discovery of gold on the incorporations of existing higher education Witwatersrand. The Soweto Campus, where institutions, the planning and implementation major development commenced in 2008, of which was executed from 2002 to is set to become the flagship of the new 2004. The final decision of the Minister of generation university and will contribute Education on the restructuring of higher significantly to its surroundings. The Bunting education institutions was published as Road and Kingsway Campuses in Auckland Government Notice 855 in the Government Park, a suburb laid out in 1895, have brought Gazette of 21 June 2002. As a result of the a vibrant new student population to this restructuring exercise, South Africa now suburb.
First-year Experience The FYE gives strong motivation for the attendance of the First-year Seminar (FYS), Facilitating Teaching and Learning the implementation of tutorials, and the As all students enter university with the aim Residence Academic Adviser programme of attaining a tertiary qualification, UJ seeks (RAA) which provides students with to support first-year students who need to opportunities for active learning and critical negotiate the transition between school discussion of themes and topics, as well as and university successfully, if they are to opportunities for making friends. succeed academically. Campuses of the University of Both internationally and specifically in the South African context, students tend to Johannesburg find this challenging, resulting in many These campuses are: 2 students dropping out during the first • Auckland Park Kingsway Campus at the year. In response to this challenge, UJ has corner of Kingsway and University Road Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 implemented a First-year Experience (FYE) (APK) initiative. The FYE aims to create an ethos • Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus, and a way of life at UJ that will facilitate Bunting Road, Cottesloe (APB) effective student transition from school • Doornfontein Campus at the corner of to university. It supports an institutional Siemert and Beit streets (DFC) climate and culture that is conducive to • Soweto Campus at Old Potch Road, first-year students’ success. The FYE Soweto (SWC) assists and guides students to take up the Website challenge of adapting to university life and becoming fully fledged and productive Further information is available on the UJ members of the UJ academic community. website: http//www.uj.ac.za Division for Internationalisation Your home away from home, one of International Admissions and the main purposes of the Division is to integrate international students into UJ Welfare Office student life. This is done on the following APK levels: Mr Tshepang Marumo • Social interaction (International Festival, +27 (0)11 559 2096 excursions) Supervisor: International Admissions • Student exchange programme International House | Madibeng Building • Communication (newsletter, sms service, firstname.lastname@example.org liaison with embassies, etc.) • Student support (buddy system, UJISS, Mrs Mampou Ngqumshe orientation programme) +27 (0)11 559 4517 • Study abroad International Admissions Officer International House | Madibeng Building Please join the group “UJ Division for email@example.com Internationalisation” on Facebook to keep up to date with developments in Ms Shantelle Sass the Division. +27 (0)11 559 7780 Academic Liaison and Student Welfare Officer International House | Madibeng Building firstname.lastname@example.org
APB • social integration through orientation and student activities Ms Palesa Makwela • welfare services +27 (0)11 559 1027 International Admissions Officer The International Admissions and Room 104, Con Cowan Building Welfare Office is there to ensure that all email@example.com international students are provided with necessary support for the duration of their DFC studies at the University of Johannesburg. Mr Thabang Mothebe You can contact or visit the International +27 (0)11 559 6510 Admissions and Welfare Office for any International Admissions Officer compliance related issues, e.g. study G 70, Maropeng Building permits and medical aid requirements. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org SWC English Proficiency Test Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 If English is not an official language or used +27 (0)11 559 5014 as a medium of learning and teaching in ADB 107, Ukhamba Building your home country, you are required to You can contact or visit the International provide an English Proficiency Test Score. Admissions and Welfare Office for any Only the following will be accepted: IELTS compliance related issues, e.g. study at an overall score of 6 and TOEFL at an permits and medical aid requirements. average score of 80-104 for Undergaduate programmes. Alternatively, you may elect The International Admissions and Welfare to write the University of Johannesburg Office is located on all four campuses and English Language Programme test (UJELP). is responsible for: Should you choose to write the University • advising prospective students about of Johannesburg English Language programmes offered at UJ and all legal Programme test (UJELP), Ms Dumisa requirements; Vinindwa will be the contact person. • clearing admitted international students Ms Vinindwa’s contact details are as for registration; follows: +27 (0) 11 559 4265 • providing liaison services for or email@example.com international students and faculties; • liaising with all South African Missions (Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Trade Missions) and the South African Department of Home Affairs
Academic Calendar for 2018 University re-opens for support employees Tue 2018-01-02 Enrichment and academic development Tue 2018-01-02 – Fri 2018-01-05 programmes for UJ students Academic employees, not involved in enrichment or Mon 2018-01-08 academic development programmes, resume duty Academic Research Mon 2018-01-08 – Sun 2018-01-28 2nd Semester (n-1) Supplementary Assessment Mon 2018-01-08 – Fri 2018-01-12 Online off-site registration opens Mon 2018-01-08 – Fri 2018-02-02 4 2 Semester (n-1) Special Assessment nd Wed 2018-01-24 – Tue 2018-01-30 Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 1st Year Seminar Tue 2018-01-30 – Fri 2018-02-02 First Semester Mon 2018-02-05 – Fri 2018-05-18 Mid-semester Vacation Sat 2018-03-31 – Mon 2018-04-08 Study Period for students Sat 2018-05-19 – Wed 2018-05-25 1st Semester final assessment Sat 2018-05-26 – Thu 2018-06-12 1 Semester consolidation of results st Wed 2018-06-13 – Fri 2018-06-15 Winter Vacation for Students Wed 2018-06-13 – Sun 2018-07-08 Winter Vacation Academics Sat 2018-06-16 – Sun 2018-07-08 • Academic research Mon 2018-07-9 – Fri 2018-07-20 • Programmes for international students hosted by UJ • Study-abroad programmes for UJ students • Enrichment and academic development programmes for UJ students Semester Supplementary assessments Mon 2018-07-16 – Fri 2018-07-20 Second Semester Mon 2018-07-23 – Fri 2018-11-02 1 Semester (n-1) Special Assessment st Thu 2018-08-02 – Wed2018-08-08 Mid-semester Vacation Sat 2018-09-8 – Sun 2018-09-16 Study period for students Sat 2018-11-03 – Fri 2018-11-09 2 Semester final assessment nd Sat 2018-11-10 – Tue 2018-11-27 2nd Semester consolidation of results Wed 2018-11-28 – Fri 2018-11-30 Summer Vacation for Students Wed 2018-11-28 Summer Vacation for students Wed 2018-12-06
5 Registration 2018 for Internationalisation will not guarantee Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 your admission space due to popular qualifications or reaching a registration Arrival quota.) Notice should be submitted one Plan to arrive between 19 and 23 January week before the given registration date; in order to settle in, acclimatise and failure to adhere to the University request find accommodation. Students can be will result in your admission being given collected upon arrival at the Airport, to a national applicant meeting the they should inform the Division for admission requirements on a first- Internationalisation at least one week prior come-first-serve basis. to their arrival and provide their full flight Registration information can be found details. The Division will need to make on the University’s website or can be arrangements with the University Transport requested from the faculty. Off-Campus Department for the pick-up of students registration will only take place upon that will require the service. complying with the financial and international clearance requirements . Registration procedures Enquiries for all international postgraduate for 2018 students residing in their home country for If you are a first-time student registering the duration of their studies should contact at the UJ, please consult with your faculty the Division for Internationalisation at for registration details. +27 (0)11 559 4517 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for all first-time entrants to the Please carefully follow the steps set University of Johannesburg will be from out below when you arrive on campus 02 January until 02 February 2018 to register. You need to report to the International Student Admissions and First-year students will register from Welfare Office FIRST for clearance 02 January until 02 February 2018. before continuing to register. During the First-year Seminar (FYS), Step 1 please consult your faculty about your registration date. To avoid long queues, you may opt for an electronic international IMPORTANT: Admitted or Conditionally clearance by emailing your certified admitted international applicants are documents as stipulated below, to requested to inform the University of email@example.com the circumstances preventing them from registering on the given registration date When reporting to the International to avoid forfeiting their admission at Student Admissions and Welfare Office the University (though the University of please ensure that you bring the following Johannesburg together with the Division documents:
Important documents After submitting proof of payment, you • your valid passport; may proceed to the registration venue. You • the appropriate valid study, work or will find Student Finance at the following relatives visa endorsed to study at the venues: University of Johannesburg; APK E-Ring 102 • proof of your medical aid cover, DFC Perskor Building, 2nd Floor registered and administered in South Africa, and paid in advance in the year APB Con Cowan Building, Lab D of study; SWC Robert Sobukwe Building GNA07 • a valid Asylum Seeker Permit, Refugee Permit, Refugee Identity Document Step 3 or Permanent Residence Permit – no Proceed to the registration venue for the medical aid cover is required; authorisation of your registration, capturing 6 • proof of payment. All international information and to receive your proof of registration. Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 students need to pay 30% upfront, the remaining 70% need to be paid in the The registration venues are as follows: following instalment terms: APK D 1 Lab Basement –– 35% at the end of April 2018 –– 35% at the end of July 2018 DFC Perskor Building In case of 100% upfront payment, student APB FADA Building will qualify for a 5% discount. (FADA Students) You will find the International Student APB Con Cowan Building, Admissions and Welfare personnel at the following venues during registration: (Management, Economics and Financial Sciences) APK D-1 Lab K08 SWC Robert Sobukwe Building DFC Perskor Building, Room G300 Step 4 APB Con Cowan Building, Lab C Proceed to get your student card issued SWC Robert Sobukwe Building GNA07 at the following venues: Step 2 APK D Lab 208 Present the proof of the payment of your DFC Perskor Building fees to the Student Finances Department. Payment should include tuition fee, APB Con Cowan Building registration fee and the international levy. SWC Robert Sobukwe Building
7 First-year Seminar (FYS) Societies, get involved in the many cultural Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 activities, join one of the many sport clubs, The University of Johannesburg would join the gym or become a member of a Day like to welcome all its new first year House. What’s that, you say? You’ll find out undergraduate students! during the First Year Seminar. An informative and compulsory First Year Academic registration Seminar programme has been arranged for all our new first years, beginning with Off-Campus Undergraduate Registration the Dean’s Welcome address, academic for first years is from 08 January to orientation to the Faculty, the Department 02 February 2018. Postgraduate and the specific programmes for which Registration will take place from the students have been accepted. Students 08 January to 02 February 2018. In order to will get to meet lecturers, receive their ensure that the registration proceedings time tables and get to know their fellow are successful, it is imperative that students students and the campus they will be adhere to the registration schedule, except studying on. The First Year Seminar for unforeseen circumstances preventing programme is available from www.uj.ac. you from registering on the set date. za/fys, then click on your Faculty and will For procedures regarding late arrival, also be sent out with the Registration please refer to page 5. Information packs. International student orientation The First Year Seminar is also when students will be introduced to the wide International students are assisted to range of academic development and adjust to their new environment. In the support services the University offers – the orientation programme provided by the Library and Information Centres, Reading Division for Internationalisation, the main and Writing Centres, the Computer focus is on the international students’ Facilities, Psychological Services and needs and providing students with vital Career Development and the Career information and a tour of the campus Resource Centres. These services aim to and city surrounds. This orientation is take our students from Good 2 Gr8! compulsory for all students. Students will learn about the dedicated All sessions for FYS (orientation) are team looking after their safety and about compulsory. Please visit: www.uj.ac.za/fys the services available to them via the for more Information. Health Clinics situated on each campus. Lectures begin The First Year Seminar is not just about 5 February 2018. the very important academic aspects of student life: it is the time to join Student
Study Visa How to Apply for a Study Visa The following documents are to be submitted with the study visa application It is advisable to apply 60 days before the at the visa issuing authority to obtain your expiry of your current visa when applying study visa: within the Republic of South Africa through VFS Global. The link for lodging 1. A passport valid for not less than 90 your online application is as follows: http:// days of the expiry of your visa. www.vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/ 2. Administration fee equivalent to the When applying through VFS, kindly select value of R425. 8 Corporate Account. 3. If you apply within the Republic of All International applicants who will South Africa then you will pay R425 be applying outside South Africa can plus R1350 (VFS Administration Cost). submit their applications at the South OutsideSouth Africa, you pay African Visa issuing authority (Embassy, R425 only. High Commission, Consulate and Trade 4. Confirmation and proof of payment Mission) in their country of residence. If of a South African medical aid cover there is no South African representative in with a medical scheme registered with your country, you are advised to apply at the SA Medical Schemes Council. the nearest South African Embassy, High Cover must remain valid for the Commission, Consulate or Trade Mission. duration of the calendar year.
5. Letter of Offer from the University part-time studies. The requirements are stating the duration of degree, listed below: confirming that the student is not BI1739 – Application for the endorsement taking the place of a local student and of a Relatives Visa undertaking to inform the Department • There is no cost for the endorsement of Home Affairs when the student • Letter of acceptance/firm offer letter deregisters. from the University 6. A medical and radiological report • Original passport and work permit (less than six months old). • Proof of medical aid 7. Yellow Fever vaccination certificate, • Proof of finance if applicable. • Confirmation of employment letter or 9 contract 8. Relevant certificates if married, widowed, divorced or separated. Changing conditions of Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 9. Details regarding arranged a study visa accommodation while in South Africa. A change of conditions of a study visa 10. Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition refers to a situation where one holds a valid fees and maintenance. permit to be in the Republic other than to 11. A police clearance certificate for the study at the University of Johannesburg. past 12 months from the country you This is usually the case of learners and have lived in for a period exceeding students studying at South African high 12 months after the age of 18. schools, colleges and other academic institutions and their visas would therefore Applicants are advised to keep a copy be endorsed with a condition to study at of their submission documents and all institutions in any of the categories above. receipts safely. In order to register at the University of Johannesburg the visa will need to be Endorsement of relatives visa issued in the name of the University. Please be informed that with effect from Application for change of conditions of a the 1st of May 2015, a holder of a valid study visa constitutes a new application temporary residence visa issued for the for a study visa. Though the applicant will categories mentioned below will be need to complete a separate form, the allowed to register and undertake part- requirements are the same as for the initial time studies with institutions of Higher application of a study visa. Learning as defined by the immigration Regulations of the Immigration Act, 2002 Refer to the following website: http://www. (Act No. 13 of 2002) during the validity vfsglobal.com/dha/southafrica/ period of their respective visas. a) General work visa Fees b) Critical Skills work visa Please note: When an international c) Intra-company transfer work visa student is accepted for study at UJ, the d) Business visa student is required to pay 30% upfront, the remaining 70% need to be paid in the The holder of a Relatives Visa is still following instalment terms: required to get their visa endorsed for –– 35% at the end of April 2018 –– 35% at the end of July 2018
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All students (local and international) who register at the University of Johannesburg are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee and ICT levy of R1040. Please pay your fees at the bank before proceeding to the UJ. Alternatively, fees can be paid at the Student Finance Offices on all four campuses. However, for safety reasons, students are encouraged to pay the fees by means of bank transfers at least twenty days prior to coming to South Africa. Please consult with your relevant faculty office for a full pro forma invoice. Kindly refer to pages 6 and 9 for Fee Structure. Banking details 11 University of Johannesburg Banking Details Account holder’s name: UJ Tuition fee account Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 Bank name: First National Bank Account number: 62615873199 Branch code: 210-554 Reference on deposit slip: Your student number Swift Code: FIRNZ AJJ The physical address of the UJ is: Corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2092. Fax: +27(0)11 559 2866 The following fees are payable before registration: Undergraduate students Students from African countries: Prescribed tuition fees plus an international levy of R2 000. Students from other countries: The prescribed tuition fees plus an international levy of R17 000 per year. Postgraduate students All postgraduate students pay the tuition fee as prescribed plus an international levy of R2 000.
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Financial assistance second year of study. All international students are eligible for postgraduate Financial aid is not available to bursaries and should apply. For more undergraduate international students. information, you may enquire from the However, merit bursaries are automatically Bursary Division, Student Finance and the awarded to deserving full-time international Postgraduate Centre. students from SADC countries from their Medical Aid All international students need to comply arrangements for the medical aid cover 13 with the visa regulation as determined by prior to entry into South Africa. Should the Immigration Act, Act 19 of 2004. the student rely on a sponsorship, he/she Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 should ensure that the sponsor is advised Regulation 10 (1) (i) determines the of the requirement at the onset of the following: sponsorship of the admission offer from the An applicant for a study permit is required institution. Most institutions do not accept to provide proof of medical aid cover with a letter from the sponsor in lieu of payment. a medical scheme registered in terms of Payment for the required medical aid cover the Medical Schemes Act, Act 131 of 1998, fee is made directly to the medical aid recognized in the Republic. company, separately from the tuition fee. Although you may, with some other The following are medical aid companies international insurance or medical product, with developed student-focused products secure a study permit from a South African that are registered in terms of the visa issuing authority, the University of Medical Schemes Act. They offer the Johannesburg, in accordance with the minimum benefits that a student may need Immigration Act, does not recognise such while in South Africa. These schemes medical cover for registration purposes. have weekly consultation sessions on all The University requires proof of full medical campuses throughout the year. aid cover with a South African based medical aid scheme from the first day of the CompCare month in which a student seeks registration +27 (0) 82 651 4610 or +27 (0) 11 867 4450 to the 31st of December of that year. www.studentplan.co.za or student@ Study abroad and exchange students universal.co.za must secure medical cover for the email@example.com duration of their stay. A minimum of six (6) months cover is provided by medical aid Momentum Health companies. +27 (0) 83 308 1081 or +27 (0) 12 671 8511 Month-to-month medical aid cover will www.ingwehealth.co.za only be acceptable from dependents on firstname.lastname@example.org submission of the confirmation letter from the main member’s medical aid service Other Medical Schemes provider undertaking to make monthly You are welcome to visit the website of the contributions and to provide proof of these Medical Schemes Council in South Africa to contributions to the University on a monthly explore other medical cover options. basis. The address is It is thus advisable that international https://www.medicalschemes.com/ students make the necessary financial
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Accommodation Please note: If you have applied for campus accommodation and you have not yet received a confirmation of allocated accommodation, you may have to make alternative arrangements. The subdivision of Student Accommodation and Residence Life sends confirmation letters by October to all students who have applied and who have been accepted. As an alternative to University accommodation it is suggested that you obtain private accommodation. It is important to note that the Division for Internationalisation does not accept responsibility for any possible problems arising from a student’s private accommodation. 15 The Division is able to help identify University approved private accommodation. APK: Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 RESIDENCE MALE / FEMALE PLACEMENTS OFFICER EXT EMAIL TYPE/NAME Thomas Sankara Post Graduates Bonny Tshabane 2065 firstname.lastname@example.org Faranani Post Graduates Bonny Tshabane 2065 email@example.com Afslaan Sport Bonny Tshabane 2065 firstname.lastname@example.org Junior Residences Male Nondumiso Xaba 3022 email@example.com Junior Residences Female Daleen Strydom 2092 firstname.lastname@example.org Sophiatown Mixed Maryka Kirstein 1566 email@example.com APB: RESIDENCE MALE / FEMALE PLACEMENTS OFFICER EXT EMAIL TYPE/NAME Junior Residences Female Maryka Kirstein 1566 firstname.lastname@example.org Junior Res Male Maryka Kirstein 1566 email@example.com Goudstad Post Graduates Bonny Tshabane 2065 firstname.lastname@example.org Mayine Post Graduates Bonny Tshabane 2065 email@example.com SWC: All residences: Boniswa Khuluse x5015 (firstname.lastname@example.org) DFC: All residences: Veronica Ngobese x6552 (email@example.com) Off-Campus Accommodation: Please access the following link https://goo.gl/MPbQ6t to view Accredited Off Campus accommodation
The Buddy System What is a buddy system? The University of Johannesburg Buddy System is a special programme that was established for the purposes of providing support to international students and ensuring cultural integration. All new international students are paired with a buddy for support in navigating the University systems and Johannesburg in general. The duty of a buddy stretches further than just the new student. They introduce the new student to the culture of UJ and South Africa through social events and excursions. All buddies report to a Buddy Coordinator in the Division for Internationalisation. The Buddy Coordinator will take up matters with the Division for Internationalisation should the need arise. All buddies are trained in orientation matters, cultural immersion and mentoring.
Who can apply to be a buddy? the Library, PsyCaD, Academic Development, the University Any registered student of the University of of Johannesburg International Johannesburg, whether South African or Student Society (UJISS), the Student international. The applicants should at least Representative Council (SRC) and the be in their second year of study. relevant faculties; Advantages of being a buddy • assist international students to adapt • Formal training from the Centre socially by introducing them to friends, for Psychological Services and exposing them to cultures in South Career (PsyCaD). Africa and introducing them to societies • A certificate after completion of on campus; the term as a buddy, proving extra- • instil a sense of belonging to 17 curricular participation at the University. international students; • An impressive entry on your CV. • take the students on a campus tour; • The opportunity to learn about • provide guidance and support to Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 international cultures. students; • The opportunity to build international • provide basic information to students, contacts. such as public transport (bus routes), medical facilities, shopping centres, The following characteristics are required other information that could make the from a buddy day-to-day life of the students more • Social responsibility manageable; • Good interpersonal skills • meet with students on an informal basis • Empathy/sympathy as often as possible; • Sensitivity to other religious beliefs and • meet once a month with the assigned cultures. students on a formal basis on a date set • Committed to the duties of being a up by the Buddy Coordinator; buddy • meet with the Buddy Coordinator a day Role and tasks of a buddy... or so after the formal meeting with the A buddy should: students to discuss relevant matters; • treat students with respect; • report any problems, complaints or • hold a positive outlook towards South suggestions that might need attention Africa and the UJ; to the Buddy Coordinator. The Buddy • help international students adapt academically, by providing information about UJ. This information includes • services to international students,
• Coordinator will in turn report it to the are given the opportunity to showcase Division for Internationalisation for their various cultures to the UJ student further investigation and/or action; community. You are encouraged as an • attend feedback sessions at the end international student to bring traditional of each term with the Division for recipes, traditional costumes and other Internationalisation; items from home representing your country • participate in a final written evaluation for this wonderful event. at the end of September. Culture Shock Facilities The University of Johannesburg supports Coming to a new country is both exciting the academic and informal student life by and somewhat nerve-wrecking. The key to providing a range of facilities for student 18 preventing undue stress is to allow oneself use. The various campuses have modern to ease into the new environment and to facilities that enable students to use the Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 ask questions. In South Africa especially, latest technology in education, training and the people around you will be glad to help. research. Attend the orientation programme and make full use of the student buddy Auckland Park Kingsway Campus assigned to you by the Division for Library Internationalisation. The library on the APK-campus houses over Homesickness 540 000 volumes and serves more than 32 000 users (students and staff members). When the excitement wears off, a person The library caters for the academic and is confronted with daily life in his/her new research needs of students. From books environment, where everything can be and periodicals to electronic resources and quite different from what you are used to the Internet, you will find almost everything back home. Make use of our buddy system you might be looking for. to meet new people, make friends and get Upon registration, international students to know your new environment. PsyCad have access to the University libraries on is also available to help you deal with all campuses. homesickness. Computer laboratories Socials The extensive computer labs offer students The Division for Internationalisation, not only desktop facilities, but also Internet the buddies and the University of access. These facilities are situated at E-Les Johannesburg International Student 2 as well as at the D laboratories. Society (UJISS) arrange several social events for international students during Lecture halls the two weeks of registration. By attending The lecture halls are mainly situated in these events, international students can buildings B (red), C (orange) and D (yellow). meet one another. These lecture halls are referred to as Les and the administration offices as Ring. The Annual International Festival lecture halls are equipped with all the latest The Annual International Festival audio-visual equipment. is presented by the Division for Information technology Internationalisation with the assistance of the international students in September. Technologically, the Auckland Park The International Festival has always been Kingsway (APK) campus is one of the a great success. International students leading campuses in Southern Africa.
A multi-functional teaching-learning Lecture halls model that has been developed, integrates A total of 84 lecture rooms providing 5 142 traditional lecture-based approaches seats are available on this campus. The with technology-based opportunities, to lecture halls are equipped with all the latest achieve the goal of learning improvement. audio-visual equipment. Students also have access to free WiFi on campus. Internet Café Style Cyber Centre Student Centre Various computer laboratories provide students access to educational software, The Student Centre on the APK campus the internet and email. houses more than 30 shops, including banks, ATMs, bookshops, a medical Convenient shopping doctor and a dentist, a computer store, 20 There are two cafeterias for both staff postal, courier and photocopy services, and students on campus. The campus Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 a hairdresser, a convenience store, many shop sells stationery, art materials, mobile fast-food outlets, and a meal-of-the-day phone packages as well as mechanical restaurant to cater for all tastes. and architectural drawing equipment. This Sports facilities shop offers services such as binding, colour • Athletics stadium (Tartan track): seats copying and the printing of T-shirts. ATMs 10 000 are also available on the campus. ATMs are • 6 rugby fields and a clubhouse also available on the campus. • 3 soccer fields and a clubhouse Sports facilities • 5 hockey fields and a clubhouse (including an Astroturf field) This campus has squash courts that are • 3 cricket fields and a clubhouse open to staff, students and the public. • facilities for netball, basketball and Most sport facilities are situated at the APB tennis courts with floodlights and a campus so that the Sport Management clubhouse students could have easy access to train, • 5 squash courts and a clubhouse gym, etc. For any enquiries regarding sport • 1 sports hall (indoor) participation, please call +27(0)11 559 • 1 recreational sport facility (including an 3068/1308 action cricket court) • 1 aerobics facility Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus International students are welcome to participate in any of the sports offered at Library the University. For any enquiries regarding The APB Library can accommodate about sport participation, please call 475 learners who want to study, while all +27(0)11 559 3068/1308 students and staff are welcome to use the library services at any time. Photocopy Doornfontein Campus services are available on the Ground Library Level of the library. Upon registration, international students have access to the The Lesley Boyd Library on the DFC University libraries on all campuses.. campus can accommodate about 430 learners. Photocopy services are also provided at the library. Upon registration, international students have access to the University libraries on all campuses.
Laboratories Soweto Campus Our computer labs offer students not only Library desktop facilities, but also Internet access. These facilities are situated at B RED 45 as The Library can accommodate well as at the Green Block laboratories. approximately 430 learners. Photocopy services are also provided at the Library. Lecture halls Upon registration, international students A total of 55 lecture rooms providing 4 412 have access to the University libraries on seats are available on this campus. The all campuses. lecture halls are equipped with all the latest Lecture halls audio-visual equipment. There are 28 lecture halls with 3513 seats. 21 Information technology All lecture halls are equipped with the Various computer labs give students access latest audio visual equipment. Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 to educational software, the internet and Information Technology email. The Cyber Centre on the APB campus is situated at the Upper Level of There are 10 computer labs with more the library. than 900 computers. These laboratories are situated at the Robert Sobukwe and Coffee shop and restaurant Braam Fischer buildings. Added to this The coffee shop and restaurants on the we have 60 computers at the Library APB campus deserve special mentioning, with internet access. run by the School of Tourism and Hospitality, they double as training facilities Other Services for Food and Beverage Management students. The School moved into its Protection Services own newly built facility with high-tech The University Protection Services provide equipment and the promiseof world class a 24-hour security service to students on catering. The restaurant is open to both all campuses. The Protection Services staff staff and students for reservations. respond to emergency calls and investigate Sports facilities reports of theft, harassment and other crimes that are reported to them. Students Most sport facilities are situated on are advised not to walk in deserted places the APB campus so that the Sport on or off campus, particularly at night. Management students can have easy Hitchhiking is extremely dangerous and access to train, gym, etc. forbidden by law. • 1 Grass athletic track field APK • 1 Cricket field Library bridge basement • 4 Soccer fields and a clubhouse Telephone no.: +27(0)11 559 • Basketball courts 2555//2000/3400 • Softball field • Gymnasiums APB • Indoor volleyball court Main entrance • 1 Aerobics facility Telephone no.: +27(0)11 559 1312 For any enquiries regarding sport DFC participation, please call Main entrance +27(0)11 559 3068/1308. Telephone no.: +27(0)11 559 6450/6085 SWC Main entrance Telephone no.: +27(0)11 559 5555
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23 Access control • screening and monitoring chronic conditions, e.g. blood pressure Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 Access to the campus is controlled by monitoring, blood sugar, cholesterol, means of a central university card and a anaemia and urine testing; student’s finger print. This card is also used • pregnancy testing; for access to some residences, computer • HIV/AIDS counselling and testing (VCT). labs, and the library. This card is also referred to as a student card. The card is Consultation hours are from Mondays to issued to a student once the registration Fridays from 08:30–15:30. You need to call process has been completed. Student on the day to schedule an appointment. cards are issued by the Enrolment Centre. Consultations are free of charge. If a card is lost, a student may obtain a new Telephone numbers for Campus Health card after an administration fee has been Services on all four campuses: paid. If a student should experience any –– APB +27(0)11 559 1238 problems to access a facility, the student –– APK +27(0)11 559 3837 should contact Protection Services. –– DFC +27(0)11 559 6544/6132 A student should not lend his/her card t –– SWC +27(0)11 559 5571 o another student, or use another student’s card. Inter-campus transport Campus Health Transportion is provided between the DFC, APB, APK and SWC Campuses. The University offers health services for both staff and students. Services include: There is a student shuttle service that • consultation and referral; travels between these campuses during • health education and promotion; week days. Bus schedules will be available • first aid (for any medical emergencies upon registration. please call Protection Services): –– APK +27(0)11 559 2555//2000/3400 –– APB +27(0)11 559 1312 –– DFC +27(0)11 559 6450/6085 –– SWC +27(0)11 559 5555
South Africa Currency The South African currency unit is the Location Rand, denoted by the symbol R. (R1.00 = 100 cents.) There is no restriction on the South Africa lies at the southern tip of the amount of foreign currency you may bring African continent between latitudes 22° into the country, but it must be declared at and 35° south. It is flanked in the west by Customs & Excise when you arrive. the Atlantic Ocean, in the south and the east by the Indian Ocean, in the north by Credit Cards and Travel Cards Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and in the north-east by Mozambique MMost international credit cards such as and Swaziland. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted, as well as travel Climate cards. Foreign currency is accepted in 24 South Africa, and may be converted into The climate is mostly sunny and temperate, local currency. Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 and the average number of sunshine hours each day is among the highest in the world: Please note: A commission fee is charged 8,5 compared with 3,8 in London, 6,4 in every time you exchange currency. Rome and 6,9 in New York. Winters are Taxation mild and clear, although snowfall often occurs on the higher mountain ranges The Value Added Tax (VAT) rate is 14% of the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, causing and is included in the price you see on brief cold spells in the surrounding areas. products. It is levied on most products The south-western Cape Province enjoys except staple foods. Students should a Mediterranean climate (dry summers obtain proof of payment for all capital and winter rainfall). In general, the rest of items purchased during their stay to the country experiences summer rainfall claim refunds at the port of exit, provided usually in the form of short afternoon the value of the items exceeds R250-00. thunderstorms. As the country lies in the Information leaflets on the procedure to be southern hemisphere, seasons are the followed are available from the VAT Refund reverse of those prevailing in the northern Administration offices at the Beit Bridge hemisphere. Border Post and OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg). Average maximum temperatures in degrees Celsius for some of the major Electricity cities (tourist centres) are: City and town power systems mostly Summer Winter operate at 220/250 volts, AC 50Hz. Cape Town 26° 17° Adapters for electric shavers and hair Bloemfontein 29° 16° dryers are obtainable locally. Durban 28° 21° Telephone & Internet Johannesburg 28° 17° communication Kimberley 32° 18° South Africa has a sophisticated telecommunications network. International Nelspruit 29° 22° dialling codes can be found in South Pretoria 29° 19° African directories. A direct dialling service connects all the local centres, except For more accurate information, please visit the more remote rural districts. The the South African Weather Bureau website: international telephone service links South www.weathersa.co.za Africa with more than 111 countries around the world. All the hotels and businesses have fax services.
Time It is recommended that international students open a local bank account. It Throughout the year, Standard Time is a relatively simple process to open an in South Africa is two hours ahead of account at one of the major banks. For Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of this purpose you would require proof of Central European Winter Time, and seven registration, your passport and proof of hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Winter accommodation while studying in South Time. Consult the local telephone directory Africa and a letter from the Division for for detailed world time zones. There is no Internationalisation. daylight savings time in South Africa. Foreign exchange Banks The closest foreign exchange facility to the 25 South African banks are able to APK and APB campuses is available at the accommodate all international transactions. ABSA Bank in Annet Road, Auckland Park Banks are open from Monday to Friday Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 (2 km from the APK campus). Traveller’s (09:00 to 15:30) and on Saturdays from cheques and foreign currency can be 08:30 to 11:00. There are Automatic exchanged at most banks, American Teller Machines (ATMs) on all campuses, Express +27 (0)11 476 3045, HRG Rennies although not all banks are represented. Travel +27 (0)11 407 2400, or at the airport. These operate 24 hours a day. Businesses, tour operators, airlines and Apart from the ABSA and Nedbank hotels generally accept international credit on the APK campus, other bank facilities cards, including Visa, Master, American are available at Campus Square and in Express and Diners Club cards. Melville. International students may contact Standard Bank Melville situated in the Campus Square Mall on +27(0)11 853 4329. Living in S.A. The following figures are only an estimate and the needs of students may vary. Personal monthly expenses Housing (depending on the type of private housing) R4 000 (average) Food R3 000 Entertainment & transport R2000 Other R 900 Total per month R9 900 Annual expenses Books, etc. (Annual, variable depending on course) R9 350 Medical cover (Annual, compulsory) R4 000 Clothing (Recommended for winter months in Johannesburg) R2 750 Settling-in (Recommended for first arrival) R2 750 Deposit for rent (Applicable if renting an apartment) R 4000 Study permit renewal (Applicable if a student needs to extend the study period) R2000 Total R24 850
Public transport When reporting an emergency: The University of Johannesburg campuses 1. Stay on the line with the are on several bus routes going to the Control Room officer centre of Johannesburg. The APK campus 2. Provide the location and description is on the route to the West Rand and the of the emergency south of Johannesburg. Minibus taxis can be hailed and stopped at any point, 3. Provide your phone number but we do not recommend this as these APK (Auckland Park taxis are often overloaded and/or in an Kingsway Campus) unroadworthy condition. Control Room The bus routes can be found on the official Library Bridge Basement Johannesburg website: www.joburg.gov.za, 26 +27 (0) 11 559 2555//2000/3400 Quickhelp, Transport. firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2018 APB (Auckland Park Emergency Bunting Road Campus) Control Room Information Cnr of Ibis and Bunting Road +27 (0) 11 559 1312 International Student Emergency email@example.com Contact Procedure: DFC (Doornfontein Campus) Protection Services is your first point of call in any emergency: Control Room Near Main Entrance Any time, Day or Night! +27 (0) 11 559 6450/6085 Reporting an Emergency: firstname.lastname@example.org What is an emergency? SWC (Soweto Campus) An emergency is any immediate threat Control Room to life and property that requires an Near Main Entrance immediate response of the appropriate +27 (0) 11 559 5555 authorities (e.g. UJ’s Protection Services, email@example.com or the fire and ambulance emergency Police Services services.) Examples of emergencies • The Johannesburg Central Police include serious injury or illness, fire, Station may be contacted on +27(0)11 or crime in progress. 497 7000/7116/7535 If you are unsure whether a situation • The Brixton Police Station may be constitutes an emergency or not, contacted on +27(0)11 248 5520/5521 contact the Protection Services • The Sophiatown Police Station may be control room anyway! contacted on +27(0)11 670 6300/6401 • The Hillbrow Police Station may be How to report an emergency: contacted on +27(0)11 488 6511/6809 You must contact Protection Services in all emergencies. The Control Room, which is operational at all times, will coordinate all emergency responses and contact other emergency services if necessary.
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