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Directorate for Counselling & Career Development

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The Unisa Directorate for Counselling, Career & Academic Development supports prospective and registered students before, during and after their Unisa studies. We provide career-, academic and personal guidance and counselling to prospective and registered students in person, by telephone, e-mail, letter or fax or printed publications. The resources provided on our website and in print extend our services to more students and provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills that you need to manage your studies, your career and your life.

How do we provide our services to students?

  • In-person: You can see a peer helper, assistant student counsellor, career counselling intern, counsellor or academic literacies facilitator in person
  • Workshops: Career- and academic related workshops are offered at each centre. Please contact the centre closest to you to find out about the programme
  • Telephone: You can speak to a peer helper, assistant student counsellor, career counselling intern, counsellor  or academic literacies facilitator telephonically
  • Fax and letter: Write a letter or fax your request to the counselling or academic development office closest to you
  • Print: Request any of these printed resources from the counselling office closest to you, or send an e-mail to
  • We develop and contribute to various printed resources for students:
    • My choice @ Unisa
    • My studies @ Unisa
    • Student Starter Pack (to all new students)
    • @ Unisa career information series (Psychology, Accounting, and Communication Science & Languages)
    • Careers in… leaflet series
    • Employability leaflet series
  • E-guidance and counselling ( or submit an on-line question): We provide an e-guidance and counselling service to prospective and current undergraduate and postgraduate students regarding career decisions, qualification and subject choices and orientation to studies at Unisa
  • E-consultation ( Unisa’s Reading and Writing Services support the development of student reading and writing through online facilitation for students who are unable to attend individual consultations and workshops. Facilitators help writers develop effective strategies for academic reading and writing. This service is aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students can send extracts of their writing (at a maximum of 10 pages) to  The turn-around time for on-line assignment feedback is 10 working days. Please note that assignments are NOT edited. Rather, facilitators give students guidelines about how to improve their individual writing.
  • Internet ( Our website contains information about career, personal and academic issues. The aim is for you to be able to help yourself with the option of contacting us through e-mail, telephonically, by fax or letter or in person should you get stuck

Who provides these services to students?

Counselling services are provided by

  • Psychologists
  • Student counsellors
  • Career development practitioners
  • Career counseling interns
  • Assistant student counsellors
  • Volunteer peer helpers

Counseling staff adhere to the ethical rules of the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Your discussions with us are confidential. Academic development services are provided by facilitators with experience in their field of expertise (reading and writing, quantitative literacy and information literacy).

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