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Who should apply for admission?

You must apply for each new qualification even if you already have a Unisa student number.

This includes new applicants (prospective students) and current and returning/previous students. A formal qualification includes: higher certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees, BTech degrees, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, advanced certificates, advanced diplomas, honours degrees, master's degrees and doctoral degrees.

Take note of the following before you apply:

Application dates

Period and category Applications open Applications close
Thursday 14 August 2014 for all formal qualifications Friday 19 September 2014
Friday 7 April 2015 Friday 24 April 2015

The application for admission process

Once you have chosen your qualification and made sure that you meet the admission requirements, you can apply online. Work through the information carefully to ensure that your application for admission is complete and submitted correctly.

Online application process

Complete online application

Upload supporting documents

Upload the following relevant supporting documents with your application form:

Rules for uploading supporting documents

Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure your documents are in an electronic format (as stipulated below) before starting the application process.

Receive a student number

After Unisa processes your application for admission, you will receive your student number and further communication from the university.

Pay application fee

Pay the online application fee of R100,00 (online payment by credit card is available). This fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa. Unisa does not accept cash at any of its offices. You may deposit cash into the university's Standard Bank account:

Please e-mail proof of SWIFT payment to susdepid@unisa.ac.za.

Check list for the application process

If your application for admission to study through Unisa is incomplete, you will have to re-apply during the next application period. Make sure that you've done the following:

For more information, send an e-mail to study-info@unisa.ac.za.

What will Unisa do upon receiving your application?

Unisa will assess your application, which may take a few weeks and will probably only be finalised after the closing date for applications. If your application is successful, visit the Unisa website for registration information and registration dates. If your application is unsuccessful, contact Unisa's Directorate for Counselling & Career Development to discuss alternative options linked to your career vision and goals.

What happens once Unisa approves my application?

You must register for your approved qualification during the prescribed registration period. If you want to change the qualification for which you have applied and received confirmation, you will need to re-apply for admission in the next academic year.

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