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Registration FAQs

Who should register?

First-time successful applicants and returning students starting a new qualification

If you are a first-time successful applicant, you may have applied for admission to two qualifications. If you received confirmation from Unisa that you have been successfully admitted to both qualifications, you must now select and register for one qualification.

If you received confirmation from Unisa that you have been successfully admitted to one qualification, you may only register for the approved qualification.

Should you wish to change to an alternative qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period. You must register during the prescribed registration periods to study through Unisa during the 2014 academic year.

Re-registering students

If you are a re-registering Unisa student, you must complete and submit your registration form for the 2014 academic year during the prescribed registration periods.

2014 registration dates & times: online, self-help, post & fax

Cancellation dates




Next registration phase: November 2014 to January 2015




Choose your modules

Re-admission in 2015

Recognition of prior learning

Curriculum changes and/or replacement of modules

What are NQF, levels, credits and modules?








Minimum and maximum number of credits per semester / year

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a total number of modules within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  Minimum Maximum
1st year of study Pass 36 credits (3 modules) per year /
over 2 consecutive semesters
60 credits per semester /
120 credits per year
From 2nd year of study Pass 48 credits (4 modules) per year /
over 2 consecutive semesters.
60 credits per semester /
120 credits per year
Alternative pathway /
extended programme
Pass 24 credits (2 modules) per year/over 2 consecutive semesters. 60 credits per semester /
120 credits per year

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and/or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree/non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed. Remember to also to take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules. You need approximately:

Please check the provisional examination timetables 2014 (PDF: 643Kb) to make sure that the modules you choose don't clash in terms of examination dates.

Maximum amount of time to complete a qualification

Calculate your student fees

It is important to assess the full cost of your studies before confirming your modules for registration. What you can afford will affect the number of modules you can register for. Our fees differ depending on your qualification, your number of modules, and so on, but basically they include application fees, prescribed student fees (including registration fees), miscellaneous fees and fees for additional study material.

If you're registering via the web or the self-help terminals at a regional centre, you can choose your modules and calculate your fees during that process. If you're registering by post or by fax, you should calculate your fees and minimum payments before you register. Either way, please work through this section carefully to ensure that you can successfully complete the registration process.

Registration process

Amending your registration

Registration FAQs

Cancellation dates

Register online

Complete and submit your registration form

Pay at least the prescribed minimum study fee for each module by the specified closing date.


Registration approval

Your registration will only be finalised once you receive confirmation from Unisa that it has been approved.

Your registration remains provisional until you have paid the required fees and submitted proof of payment to Unisa. The university reserves the right to verify and amend the correctness of your provisional registration until you have paid the required fees and submitted proof of payment to Unisa.

If you submitted your registration at a self-help terminal and paid the minimum fees, it may have been finalised immediately. If you registered via the web, post or fax, you must first receive a notification from Unisa indicating that you've been successfully registered. If you don't receive this notification within two weeks, despite having paid the minimum fees and submitting your registration form, please send an e-mail to study-info@unisa.ac.za.

Once your registration is approved we then send you your initial study pack via courier or post (whichever option you selected on your registration form). The my Studies @ Unisa brochure included in the study pack and available on myUnisa has information on how to plan your studies, how to study, how to connect to Unisa services, and how to tackle assignments, exams, and so on.

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