Wits Academic Year Calendar for 2023

Find the latest Wits Academic Year Calendar for the year 2024 as approved by the university. The academic calendar shows learners and staff on when will Wits reopen in 2023 so that they plan accordingly. The university academic calendar follows the main school year calendar which is prescribed by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Wits Academic Year Calendar for 2024

Wits Academic calendar contains a  schedule of all of the events that will occur in the academic year of 2024. These events include the following:

Wits Academic Calendar for 2024

Wits 2024 Term Dates and Key Activities

  • Publication of Matric Results: Friday, 19 January
  • First Year Students Registration: 19 January – 30 January (8 days)
  • Gateway to Success Programme: 29 January – 09 February (10 days)
  • Returning Students Registrations (PG and UG): 02 January – 09 February (29 days)
  • Start of Term: Monday, 12 February

Teaching Blocks and Breaks @ Wits

  • First Teaching Block: 12 February – 27 March (32 days)
  • Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research Break: 28 March – 07 April (11 days)
  • Second Teaching Block: 08 April – 23 May (33 days)
  • Study Break: 24 May – 30 May (7 days)
  • Examinations/Assessment Period: 31 May – 28 June (20 days)
  • Winter Vacation/Study/Research Break: 29 June – 14 July (16 days)
  • Third Teaching Block: 15 July – 02 September (34 days)
  • Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research Break: 03 September – 08 September (6 days)
  • Fourth Teaching Block: 09 September – 22 October (31 days)
  • Study Break: 23 October – 29 October (7 days)
  • Examinations/Assessment Period: 30 October – 26 November (20 days)
  • Last Day of Term: Wednesday, 27 November
  • Summer Vacation/Study/Research Break: Begins 28 November

Online Degrees Intakes

  • Intake 1: 15 January – 10 March
  • Intake 2: 11 March – 05 May
  • Intake 3: 06 May – 30 June
  • Intake 4: 01 July – 25 August
  • Intake 5: 26 August – 20 October
  • Intake 6: 21 October – 15 December

Wits University Holidays and Holy Days

  • New Year’s Day: Monday, 01 January (University closed)
  • 1st Ramadaan (Commencement of Fasting): *Monday, 11 March
  • Human Rights Day: Thursday, 21 March (University closed)
  • Good Friday: Friday, 29 March (University closed)
  • Family Day: Monday, 01 April (University closed)
  • Eid-ul-Fitr (Termination of Fasting): *Wednesday, 10 April
  • Passover (Pesach) days 1 & 2: **Tuesday, 23 April & Wednesday, 24 April
  • Freedom Day: Saturday, 27 April (University closed)
  • Passover (Pesach) days 7 & 8: **Monday, 29 April & Tuesday, 30 April
  • Workers’ Day: Wednesday, 01 May (University closed)
  • Shavuoth days 1 & 2: **Wednesday, 12 June & Thursday, 13 June
  • Youth Day: Sunday, 16 June (University closed)
  • Public Holiday: Monday, 17 June (University closed)
  • National Women’s Day: Friday, 09 August (University closed)
  • Heritage Day: Tuesday, 24 September (University closed)
  • Rosh Hashanah days 1 & 2: **Thursday, 03 October & Friday, 04 October
  • Yom Kippur: **Saturday, 12 October
  • Sukkot days 1 & 2: **Thursday, 17 October & Friday, 18 October
  • Sh’mini Atzeret & Simchat Torah: **Thursday, 24 October & Friday, 25 October
  • Deepavali / Luxmi Pooja (North & South): Thursday, 31 October
  • Day of Reconciliation: Monday, 16 December (University closed)
  • Christmas Day: Wednesday, 25 December (University closed)
  • Day of Goodwill: Thursday, 26 December (University closed)

* Islamic Holy Day – exact date depends on the sighting of the new moon. ** Jewish Holy Day – All Holy days commence at sunset the evening before the date above.

Please Note:

  • No exam will be scheduled on a recognized University holiday/holy day.
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Term Dates may vary from the general university calendar.
  • Term Dates include a total of 130 Teaching Days.
  • For more detailed information about registration dates for different cohorts of students, consult the University’s website.

Summary of 2024 Calendar for Public Schools

  • Term 1: 17 January – 20 March (10 weeks, 46 school days)
  • Term 2: 03 April – 14 June (11 weeks, 53 school days, 1 public holiday)
  • Term 3: 09 July – 20 September (11 weeks, 54 school days, 1 public holiday)
  • Term 4: 01 October – 13 December (11 weeks, 52 school days)
  • Total: 43 weeks, 205 school days (2 public holidays)

This comprehensive calendar provides a detailed guide for students, staff, and the Wits community to plan the academic year effectively. For the most current and specific information, always refer to the official Wits University website or contact the university directly.

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