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Application for admission process: Undergraduate qualifications

Apply for admission

Who must apply?

Everyone starting a new qualification, first-time Unisa applicants and Unisa students changing to a new qualification. If you applied for admission to semester 1 and did not receive an offer, you must re-apply for semester 2 of the 2016 academic year.

Online applications: 9 - 27 May 2016 (hard copy applications will only be accepted for non-degree purposes).

What’s new for 2016?

  • The second application period for the 2016 academic year will be open for selected qualifications with semester modules from 9 - 27 May 2016.
  • 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 within a specific period of time. If you receive more than one offer from Unisa, you must confirm which offer you are accepting.

Check your documents & confirm that you are ready to apply

Please note that if you don't meet the exact requirements listed below, your application will be declined and you will have to re-apply during the next application period.

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 cellphone number, and I accept that Unisa will communicate with me during the application process using this e-mail address and cellphone number. Please ensure that you provide only one e-mail address and one cellphone number during the application process.

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.

All required documents must be certified by a Commissioner of Oaths before being scanned and uploaded as part of the application submission process. Failure to submit all required documents, as well as required documents not being correctly certified, will result in your application being declined - it will not be processed further for the current application period.

  • 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

Follow the instructions carefully during the application process. Only upload the required documents as individual files and not a complete set of documents as one file.

  • 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?

Ways to apply

  • Online
  • Or visit a Unisa regional office to submit your complete application online via the self-help stations (application form + uploaded supporting documents) (08:00-15:30, Mondays to Fridays)
  • Hard copy application forms will be accepted when applying for non-degree purposes only. Incomplete application forms will be declined.

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 (non-degree purposes only)
  • Use the student number you receive from Unisa AND the application fee reference number (ie STUDENTNUMBER 5370810030)
  • Visit for banking and payment information.

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.

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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