Pre-Arrival Info and Campus Guide for International Students 2020 - DIVISION FOR INTERNATIONALISATION - University of Johannesburg
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A Word of Welcome The University of Johannesburg (UJ) that goes beyond the academic. An extends a warm welcome to you, as an international education imbues you international student, and invites you to be- with, amongst other things, attributes of come an active member of the UJ commu- adaptability, flexibility, and cultural fluency: nity. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is the soft skills so sought after by employers an Afropolitan international university with world-wide. Your international education an identity of inclusion, a university that is at UJ then, sets you on a path to be highly transforming lives and diversifying profes- competitive as a graduate. It also prepares sions. A proudly South African university, you for leadership, entrepreneurship, rooted in the vibrant and multicultural innovation, and creativity, all of which city of Johannesburg, reflecting the city’s accord you the tools to lead; to be an energy and embracing its diversity with employer, to be a change maker and to equal passion. contribute positively to humanity at large. At the University of Johannesburg “The Your presence at UJ is highly valued Future. Reimagined” is not simply a catchy and you will undoubtedly contribute to phrase. The institution is taking the lead in cultural diversity as well as academic Africa in 4th Industrial Revolution thinking, enrichment which are the hallmarks of reimagining the future in all disciplines. our internationalisation programme. We trust that you will find your stay enjoyable, You are joining a university that is young, hospitable, friendly and an enriching vibrant, and was built on the footholds academic and social experience. We of possibility, tenacity, and a ‘can-do’ encourage you to seek opportunities for attitude, and that upholds excellence in all personal, social and intercultural growth, facets of its work and life. You will be fully so richly afforded by our campus life and supported in order that you can excel in all the broader Johannesburg community and your academic pursuits. As an international South African society. student, you have the opportunity of a lifetime to attain a well-rounded education The Division for Internationalisation is your home-away-from- home. It is your first port of call as you enter the university, and remains a resource for your support throughout your time at UJ. Make use of all the opportunities that UJ offers you. Seek assistance when you are in doubt. Most of all, claim your place of excellence and open your mind to the UJ notion of being a pioneer in your own right: The Future, Reimagined Welcome! Prof Ylva Rodny-Gumede Senior Director
Content PAGE 1 About UJ 18 Culture shock 1 Education for the 21st century 18 Homesickness 2 First-year Experience 18 Socials 18 Annual International Festival 2 Facilitating teaching and learning 2 Campuses of the University of Johannesburg 18 Facilities 18 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus 2 Division for Internationalisation 20 Doornfontein Campus 2 International Admissions and Welfare Office 20 Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus 3 English Proficiency Test 21 Soweto Campus 4 Academic Calendar for 2020 21 Other Services 5 Registration 2020 21 Protection services 5 Arrival 23 Access control 5 Registration procedures for 2020 23 Campus Health 7 First-year Seminar 23 Inter-Campus Transport 8 Study Visa 24 South Africa 8 How to apply for a Study Visa 24 Location 9 Endorsement of relatives visa 24 Climate 9 Changing conditions of a Study Visa 24 Currency 24 Credit cards and travel cards 9 Fees 24 Taxation 11 Banking details 24 Electricity 11 Undergraduate students 24 Telephone & Internet communication 11 Postgraduate students 25 Time 13 Financial assistance 25 Banks 13 Medical Aid 25 Foreign exchange 13 Comp-Care 25 Living in S.A. 13 Momentum Health 26 Public transport 15 Accommodation 26 Emergency Information 26 Procedure 16 The Buddy System 26 Police Services 16 What is a buddy System?
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 two and vocational programmes). Vista campuses had been incorporated) and The University of Johannesburg falls in the Technikon Witwatersrand on 1 the category of comprehensive institution. 1 January 2005, to create the University The term “comprehensive institution” is of Johannesburg (UJ). an instrument of educational policy and Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 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 programmes result in degrees and diplomas 48 000 full-time students and 3 000 in an array of subjects, ranging from Fine Arts permanent employees, it is one of the largest to Engineering, from Business Management residential 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 - 2020 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 • liaising with all South African Missions (Embassies, High Commissions, Ms Palesa Makwela Consulates, Trade Missions) and the +27 (0)11 559 1027 International Admissions Officer South African Department of Home Room 104, Con Cowan Building Affairs email@example.com • social integration through orientation and student activities DFC • welfare services Mr Thabang Mothebe The International Admissions and +27 (0)11 559 6510 Welfare Office is there to ensure that all International Admissions Officer international students are provided with 3 G 70, Maropeng Building necessary support for the duration of their firstname.lastname@example.org studies at the University of Johannesburg. SWC You can contact or visit the International Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 Admissions and Welfare Office for any +27 (0)11 559 5014 compliance related issues, e.g. study ADB 119, Ukhamba Building permits and medical aid requirements. You can contact or visit the International Admissions and Welfare Office for any English Proficiency Test compliance related issues, e.g. study If English is not an official language or used permits and medical aid requirements. as a medium of learning and teaching in your home country, you are required to The International Admissions and Welfare provide an English Proficiency Test Score. Office is located on all four campuses and You may elect to write the University is responsible for: of Johannesburg English Language • advising prospective students about Programme test (UJELP). The relevant programmes offered at UJ and all legal contact person is Mr Malibongwe requirements; Masango, Tel: +27 (0) 11 559 4265 or email: • clearing admitted international students email@example.com. Alternatively, UJ will for registration; accept the IELTS at an overall score of • providing liaison services for 6 and TOEFL at an average score of international students and faculties; 80 -104 for Undergraduate Programmes.
Academic Calendar for 2020 University re-opens for support employees Thu 2020-01-02 Enrichment and academic development Thu 2020-01-02 - Sat 2020-01-04 programmes for UJ students Academic employees, not involved in enrichment or academic development Mon 2020-01-06 programmes, resume duty Academic Research Mon 2020-01-06 - Sun 2020-01-26 2nd Semester (of previous year) Supplementary 4 Mon 2020-01-06 - Fri 2020-01-10 Assessment Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 Online Registration Mon 2020-01-06 - Fri 2020-01-31 1st & 2nd Semester (of previous year) Wed 2020-01-22 - Tue 2020-01-28 Special Assessment 1st Year Seminar Tue 2020-01-28 - Fri 2020-01-31 First Semester Mon 2020-02-03 - Thu 2020-05-14 Mid-semester Vacation (1st Semester) Sat 2020-03-21 - Sun 2020-03-29 Study Period for Students Fri 2020-05-15 - Tue 2020-05-19 1st Semester Final Assessment Wed 2020-05-20 - Mon 2020-06-15 Winter Vacation Tue 2020-06-16 - Sun 2020-07-05 Academic research Programmes for international students hosted by UJ Mon 2020-07-06 - Fri 2020-07-10 Study-abroad programmes for UJ students Enrichment and academic development programmes for UJ students 1st Semester Supplementary Assessments Mon 2020-07-6 - Fri 2020-07-10 Second Semester Mon 2020-07-13 - Fri 2020-10-16 1st Semester Special Assessment Thu 2020-07-23 - Wed 2020-07-29 Mid-semester Vacation (2nd Semester) Sat 2020-08-29 - Sun 2020-09-06 Study Period for Students Sat 2020-10-17- Wed 2020-10-21 2nd Semester Final Assessment Thu 2020-10-22 - Fri 2020-11-13 Study Period for Students Sat 2020-11-14 - Sun 2020-11-22 2nd Semester Supplementary Assessments Mon 2020-11-23 - Fri 2020-11-27 Start of Summer Holiday for students Sat 2020-11-28 Start of December Holiday for academic staff Wed 2020-12-09 Start of December Holiday for support staff Sat 2020-12-12 1st and 2nd Semester (of previous year) Mon 2021-01-11 - Fri 2021-01-15 Special Assessment
5 your admission space due to popular Registration 2020 Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 qualifications or reaching a registration quota.) Notice should be submitted one Arrival week before the given registration date; Plan to arrive between 18 and 25 January failure to adhere to the University request in order to settle in, acclimatise and find will result in your admission being given to a national applicant meeting the accommodation. admission requirements on a first- Registration procedures come-first-serve basis. for 2020 Registration information can be found on the University’s website or can be If you are a first-time student registering requested from the faculty. Off-Campus at the UJ, please consult with your registration will only take place upon faculty for registration details. complying with the financial and Online off-site registration of popular international clearance requirements . programmes for 1st year students will Enquiries for all international postgraduate be from the 08 to 17 January 2020. students residing in their home country for the duration of their studies should contact Off-site registration of 1st years and the Division for Internationalisation at senior students will be from the +27 (0)11 559 4517 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 08 to 31 January 2020. Please carefully follow the steps set On-site registration of 1st years and out below when you arrive on campus senior students will be from the to register. You need to report to the 20 to 31 January 2020. International Student Admissions and Welfare Office FIRST for clearance During the First-year Seminar (FYS), before continuing to register. please consult your faculty about your registration date. Step 1 IMPORTANT: Admitted or Conditionally To avoid long queues, you may admitted international applicants are opt for an electronic international requested to inform the University of clearance by emailing your certified the circumstances preventing them from documents as stipulated below, to registering on the given registration date email@example.com to avoid forfeiting their admission at When reporting to the International the University (though the University of Student Admissions and Welfare Office Johannesburg together with the Division please ensure that you bring the for Internationalisation will not guarantee following documents:
Important documents Step 2 • your valid passport; Present the proof of the payment of your • the appropriate valid study, work or fees to the Student Finances Department. relatives visa endorsed to study at the Payment should include tuition fee, University of Johannesburg; registration fee and the international levy. • proof of your medical aid cover, After submitting proof of payment, you registered with the South African may proceed to the registration venue. You Council of Medical Schemes, www. will find Student Finance at the following medicalschemes.com/MedicalSchemes. venues: aspx APK E-Ring 102 • a valid Asylum Seeker Permit, Refugee DFC Perskor Building, 2nd Floor Permit, Refugee Identity Document or Permanent Residence Permit – no APB Con Cowan Building, Lab D 6 medical aid cover is required; SWC Robert Sobukwe Building GNA07 Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 • proof of payment. All international Step 3 students need to pay 30% upfront, the Proceed to the registration venue for the remaining 70% need to be paid in the authorisation of your registration, capturing following instalment terms: information and to receive your proof of –– 35% at the end of April 2020 registration. –– 35% at the end of July 2020 The registration venues are as follows: In case of 100% upfront payment, student will qualify for a 5% discount. APK D 1 Lab K11 You will find the International Student DFC Perskor Building, Room G300 Admissions and Welfare personnel at the APB Con Cowan Building, Lab C following venues during registration: SWC Robert Sobukwe Building APK D-1 Lab K11 Step 4 DFC Perskor Building, Room G300 Proceed to get your student card issued APB Con Cowan Building, Lab C at the following venues: SWC Robert Sobukwe Building GNA07 APK D Lab 208 DFC Perskor Building APB Con Cowan Building SWC Robert Sobukwe Building
7 First-year Seminar (FYS) Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 student life: it is the time to join Student Societies, get involved in the many cultural The University of Johannesburg would activities, join one of the many sport clubs, like to welcome all its new first year join the gym or become a member of a undergraduate students! Day House. What’s that, you say? An informative and compulsory First Year You’ll find out during the First Year Seminar programme has been arranged Seminar. First-year Seminar takes place for all our new first years, beginning with from the 27 to 31 January 2020 the Dean’s Welcome address, academic Academic registration orientation to the Faculty, the Department and the specific programmes for which Off-Campus Undergraduate Registration students have been accepted. Students is from 08 January to 31 January 2020. will get to meet lecturers, receive their In order to ensure that the registration time tables and get to know their fellow proceedings are successful, it is imperative students and the campus they will be that students adhere to the registration studying on. The First Year Seminar schedule, except for unforeseen programme is available from www.uj.ac. circumstances preventing you from za/fys, then click on your Faculty and will registering on the set date. also be sent out with the Registration For procedures regarding late arrival, Information packs. please refer to page 5. The First Year Seminar is also when students will be introduced to the wide International student orientation range of academic development and International students are assisted to support services the University offers – the adjust to their new environment. In the Library and Information Centres, Reading orientation programme provided by the and Writing Centres, the Computer Division for Internationalisation, the main Facilities, Psychological Services and focus is on the international students’ Career Development and the Career needs and providing students with vital 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. The First Year Seminar is not just about Lectures begin the very important academic aspects of 3 February 2020.
Study Visa How to Apply for a Study Visa The following documents are to be It is advisable to apply 60 days before the submitted with the study visa application expiry of your current visa when applying at the visa issuing authority to obtain your 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 value of R425. When applying through VFS, kindly select 8 Corporate Account. 3. If you apply within the Republic of South Africa then you will pay R425 Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 All International applicants who will be applying outside South Africa can plus R1350 (VFS Administration Cost). OutsideSouth Africa, you pay submit their applications at the South R425 only. African Visa issuing authority (Embassy, 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 Council of Medical Schemes. 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 - 2020 9. Confirmation of accommodation a study visa 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 2020 –– 35% at the end of July 2020
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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 University of Johannesburg Banking Details 11 Account holder’s name: UJ Tuition fee account Bank name: First National Bank Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 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 Financial aid is not available to students are eligible for postgraduate undergraduate international students. bursaries and should apply. For more However, merit bursaries are automatically information, you may enquire from the awarded to deserving full-time international Bursary Division, Student Finance and the students from SADC countries from their Postgraduate Centre. second year of study. All international Medical Aid 13 All international students need to comply the student rely on a sponsorship, he/she with the visa regulation as determined by should ensure that the sponsor is advised the Immigration Act, Act 19 of 2004. of the requirement at the onset of the Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 sponsorship of the admission offer from the Regulation 10 (1) (i) determines the institution. Most institutions do not accept following: a letter from the sponsor in lieu of payment. An applicant for a study permit is required Payment for the required medical aid cover to provide proof of medical aid cover with fee is made directly to the medical aid a medical scheme registered in terms of company, separately from the tuition fee. the Medical Schemes Act, Act 131 of 1998, The following are medical aid companies recognized in the Republic. with developed student-focused products Although you may, with some other that are registered in terms of the international insurance or medical product, Medical Schemes Act. They offer the secure a study permit from a South African minimum benefits that a student may need visa issuing authority, the University of while in South Africa. These schemes Johannesburg, in accordance with the have weekly consultation sessions on all Immigration Act, does not recognise such campuses throughout the year. medical cover for registration purposes. The University requires proof of full medical CompCare aid cover with a South African based +27 (0) 82 651 4610 or +27 (0) 11 867 4450 medical aid scheme from the first day of the www.studentplan.co.za or student@ month in which a student seeks registration universal.co.za to the 31st of December of that year. email@example.com Month-to-month medical aid cover will only be acceptable from dependents on Momentum Health submission of the confirmation letter from +27 (0) 83 308 1081 or +27 (0) 12 671 8511 the main member’s medical aid service www.ingwehealth.co.za provider undertaking to make monthly firstname.lastname@example.org contributions and to provide proof of these contributions to the University on a monthly Other Medical Schemes basis. You are welcome to visit the website of the It is thus advisable that international Medical Schemes Council in South Africa to students make the necessary financial explore other medical cover options. arrangements for the medical aid cover prior to entry into South Africa. Should The address is https://www.medicalschemes.com/
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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 - 2020 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? • services to international students, the Library, PsyCaD, Academic Any registered student of the University of Development, the University Johannesburg, whether South African or of Johannesburg International international. The applicants should at least Student Society (UJISS), the Student be in their second year of study. Representative Council (SRC) and the Advantages of being a buddy relevant faculties; • Formal training from the Centre • assist international students to adapt 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; 17 the term as a buddy, proving extra- • instil a sense of belonging to curricular participation at the University. international students; • An impressive entry on your CV. • take the students on a campus tour; Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 • The opportunity to learn about • provide guidance and support to 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 or so after the formal meeting with the Role and tasks of a buddy... students to discuss relevant matters; A buddy should: • report any problems, complaints or • treat students with respect; suggestions that might need attention • hold a positive outlook towards South to the Buddy Coordinator. Africa and the UJ; The Buddy Coordinator will in • help international students adapt turn report it to the Division for academically, by providing information Internationalisation for further about UJ. This information includes investigation and/or action;
• 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 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 ask questions. In South Africa especially, 18 latest technology in education, training and the people around you will be glad to help. research. Attend the orientation programme Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 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 quite different from what you are used to and periodicals to electronic resources and back home. Make use of our buddy system the Internet, you will find almost everything to meet new people, make friends and get you might be looking for. to know your new environment. PsyCad Upon registration, international students is also available to help you deal with have access to the University libraries on homesickness. all campuses. 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. are given the opportunity to showcase A multi-functional teaching-learning their various cultures to the UJ student model that has been developed, integrates community. You are encouraged as an traditional lecture-based approaches
with technology-based opportunities, to Lecture halls achieve the goal of learning improvement. A total of 84 lecture rooms providing Students also have access to free WiFi 5 142 seats are available on this campus. on campus. The lecture halls are equipped with all the Student Centre latest audio-visual equipment. The Student Centre on the APK campus Internet Café Style Cyber Centre houses more than 30 shops, including Various computer laboratories provide banks, ATMs, bookshops, a medical students access to educational software, doctor and a dentist, a computer store, the internet and email. postal, courier and photocopy services, a hairdresser, a convenience store, many Convenient shopping fast-food outlets, and a meal-of-the-day 20 There are two cafeterias for both staff restaurant to cater for all tastes. and students on campus. The campus Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 Sports facilities shop sells stationery, art materials, mobile • Athletics stadium (Tartan track): seats phone packages as well as mechanical 10 000 and architectural drawing equipment. This • 6 rugby fields and a clubhouse shop offers services such as binding, colour • 3 soccer fields and a clubhouse copying and the printing of T-shirts. ATMs • 5 hockey fields and a clubhouse are also available on the campus. ATMs are (including an Astroturf field) also available on the campus. • 3 cricket fields and a clubhouse Sports facilities • facilities for netball, basketball and tennis courts with floodlights and a This campus has squash courts that are clubhouse open to staff, students and the public. • 5 squash courts and a clubhouse Most sport facilities are situated at the • 1 sports hall (indoor) APB campus so that the Sport Manage- • 1 recreational sport facility (including an ment students could have easy access action cricket court) to train, gym, etc. For any enquiries • 1 aerobics facility regarding sport participation, please International students are welcome to call +27(0)11 559 3068/1308 participate in any of the sports offered at the University. For any enquiries regarding Auckland Park sport participation, please call Bunting Road Campus +27(0)11 559 3068/1308 Library Doornfontein Campus The APB Library can accommodate about Library 475 learners who want to study, while all students and staff are welcome to use the The Lesley Boyd Library on the DFC library services at any time. Photocopy campus can accommodate about 430 learners. Photocopy services are also services are available on the Ground provided at the library. Upon registration, Level of the library. Upon registration, international students have access to the international students have access to the University libraries on all campuses. 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 - 2020 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 Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 conditions, e.g. blood pressure 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
Currency South Africa The South African currency unit is the Rand, denoted by the symbol R. (R1.00 = Location 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 MMost international credit cards such as the north-east by Mozambique American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Swaziland. and Visa are accepted, as well as travel cards. Foreign currency is accepted in 24 Climate South Africa, and may be converted into The climate is mostly sunny and temperate, Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 local currency. and the average number of sunshine hours Please note: A commission fee is charged each day is among the highest in the world: every time you exchange currency. 8,5 compared with 3,8 in London, 6,4 in 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 dryers are obtainable locally. Bloemfontein 29° 16° 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 25 The closest foreign exchange facility to the 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 Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 Banks are open from Monday to Friday (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 R2 500 Entertainment & transport R2000 Other R 900 Total per month R9 400 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 26 Johannesburg website: www.joburg.gov.za, +27 (0) 11 559 2555//2000/3400 Quickhelp, Transport. firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-arrival Information and Campus Guide for International Students - 2020 APB (Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus) Emergency 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Reporting an Emergency: SWC (Soweto Campus) What is an emergency? Control Room An emergency is any immediate threat Near Main Entrance to life and property that requires an +27 (0) 11 559 5555 immediate response of the appropriate email@example.com authorities (e.g. UJ’s Protection Services, 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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Division for Internationalisation Madibeng Building Mezzanine Level Opposite Student Enrolment Centre (Old UJ Unlimited Shop) Auckland Park Kingsway Campus Cnr Kingsway and University Road Auckland Park 2092 www.uj.ac.za
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