Wits Term Dates



Wits Term Dates, below are the term dates in the Witsratersrand University.



2019

ActivityDates
RegistrationMonday 07 January – Thursday 31 January (19 days) 
Orientation weekMonday 28 January – Friday 01 February (5 days)
First teaching blockMonday 04 February – Wednesday 20 March (33 days)
Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research breakThursday 21 March – Sunday 31 March (11 days)
Second teaching blockMonday 01 April – Friday 17 May (32 days)
Study BreakExaminations Saturday 18 May – Sunday 26 May (10 days)Monday 27 May – Monday 24 June (20 days)
Winter Vacation/Study/Research breakTuesday 25 June – Sunday 14 July (20 days)
Third teaching blockMonday 15 July –  Friday 30 August (34 days)
Mid-term Vacation/Study/Research breakSaturday 31 August – Sunday 08 September (9 days)
Fourth teaching blockMonday 09 September – Tuesday 22 October (31 days)
Study BreakExaminationsWednesday 23 October – Sunday 27 October (5 days)Monday 28 October – Friday 22 November (20 days)
Summer Vacation/Study/Research breakSaturday 23 November

Please note:



  • The Faculty of Health Sciences’ term dates differ from those of the University and they may commence with lectures as early as the first working day in January.
  • Consult the University’s website for more detailed information about dates of registration for different cohorts of students

Public and religious holidays/holydays recognised by the University in 2019



DateName of holidayUniversity status
Tuesday 1 JanuaryNew Year’s DayUniversity closed
Thursday 21 MarchHuman Rights DayUniversity closed
Friday 19 AprilGood FridayUniversity closed
Saturday 20 AprilPassover (Pesach) day 1** 
Sunday 21 AprilPassover (Pesach) day 2** 
Monday 22 AprilFamily DayUniversity closed
Friday 26 AprilPassover (Pesach) day 7** 
Saturday 27 AprilFreedom DayUniversity closed
 Passover (Pesach) day 8** 
Wednesday 1 MayWorkers’ DayUniversity closed
Monday 06 May1st Ramadaan (Commencement of Fasting) * 
Wednesday 05 JuneEid-ul-Fitr (Termination of Fasting) * 
Sunday 09 JuneShavuoth (day 1)** 
Monday 10 JuneShavuoth (day 2) ** 
Sunday 16 JuneYouth DayUniversity closed
Monday 17 JunePublic HolidayUniversity closed
Friday 9 AugustNational Women’s DayUniversity closed
Monday 12 AugustEid-ul-Adha (Day of Sacrifice) * 
Tuesday 24 SeptemberHeritage DayUniversity closed
Monday 30 SeptemberRosh Hashanah (day 1) ** 
Tuesday 01 OctoberRosh Hashanah (day 2) ** 
Wednesday 09 OctoberYom Kippur ** 
Monday 14 OctoberSukkot (day 1) ** 
Monday 15 OctoberSukkot (day 2) ** 
Monday 21 OctoberSh’mini Atzeret** 
Tuesday 22 OctoberSimchat Torah** 
Saturday 26 OctoberNarak Chaturdashi (Diwali-South) 
Sunday 27 OctoberLuxmi Pooja (Diwali-North) 
Monday 16 DecemberDay of ReconciliationUniversity closed
Wednesday 25 DecemberChristmas DayUniversity closed
Thursday 26 DecemberDay of GoodwillUniversity closed

* = Islamic Holy Day – commences the previous evening; exact date depends on sighting of new moon



** = Jewish Holy Day – commences the previous evening

Please note:

No exam will be scheduled on a recognised University holiday/holyday.



Proposed Public School Term Dates in 2019

All Provinces
Term 109 January – 15 March
Term 202 April – 14 June
Term 309 July – 20 September
Term 401 October – 04 December