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Application for admission process: Undergraduate qualifications

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Who must apply?

Everyone starting a new qualification, first-time Unisa applicants, Unisa students changing to a new qualification, previously registered Unisa students who did not register in 2015 but who wish to study in 2016, and students who applied for a new qualification in 2015 or earlier but did not register for it.

Application dates: only one application period for 2016

  • Online and self-help applications for 2016 will be open from 17 August to 30 September 2015.
  • Visit your nearest Unisa Regional Centre for hard copy applications before 31 August 2015.

What’s new for 2016?

  • There is only one application period for the 2016 academic year (semester 1, semester 2 & year modules).
  • You can now apply for a maximum of three qualifications if you meet all the admission requirements for your chosen qualifications.
  • Unisa will assess your application using a points score system and inform you whether or not your application was successful and the qualification(s) for which you have been accepted (ie make you an offer). Students will be accommodated on the basis of the number of places available for each qualification.
  • You will be required to accept the offer. You must pay the non-refundable acceptance fee of R1020.00 to confirm Unisa’s offer within a specific period of time. If you receive more than one offer from Unisa, you must confirm which offer you are accepting when you pay the acceptance fee.
  • The non-refundable acceptance fee will reduce the required minimum amount when you register.

Check your documents & confirm that you are ready to apply

I am sure that

  • I am certain that Open Distance Learning (ODL) and Unisa are for me
  • I am certain about my career
  • I have chosen the correct Unisa qualification(s) for my career choice
  • I meet the statutory and college admission requirements for my qualification(s) of choice
  • I have a valid e-mail address and I accept that Unisa will communicate with me during the application process using this e-mail address

I have the following certified documents scanned & uploaded to an electronic device

All first-time Unisa applicants and Unisa students starting a new qualification must upload all the required documents:

  • Certified copy of your school qualifications (eg Senior Certificate)
  • Certified copy of your official tertiary academic record(s) (if applicable) (please note that internet copies will not be accepted)
  • Certified copy of your ID document (RSA students) or passport (international students)
  • Certified copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) or divorce decree (if applicable)
  • Certified sworn translations of documents if they are not in English or Afrikaans

*Please note that some qualifications may require additional documents.

I am sure that certified documents are scanned according to the rules

  • Files are not larger than 2MB (2048KB) each.
  • Only black and white documents may be submitted.
  • Only the following file types are allowed: PDF (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file), DOC (Word document file) or TIF (image file)

How to apply?

Upload supporting documents

Everyone applying for a new qualification must submit the required documents (all first-time applicants and Unisa students starting a new qualification).

Unisa does not provide scanners or electronic devices. Please ensure that your documents are scanned and uploaded to an electronic device before starting the application process.

Pay the application fee once you've received a student number from Unisa

  • R100 for online applications
  • R150 for hard copy applications
  • Use the student number as the reference.

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.

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Make sure that your application is complete

If your application for admission to study through Unisa is incomplete, you will have to re-apply during the next application period. For more information, send an e-mail to

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Should you experience any difficulties with submitting your online application, we urge you to repeat the process until you are sure that your application has been successfully submitted.


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding