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Unisa welcomes students from all over the world. Dedicated faculty and staff create a comfortable environment for international students who are seeking an excellent education.

Admission on the grounds of a foreign qualification
If you have completed a foreign qualification, other than O- and A-levels or HIGCSE / IGCSE, you should contact the Admissions Office at:
e-mail: admission@unisa.ac.za to determine whether you qualify for any form of admission.

Prospective international students (for a first bachelors degree) have to satisfy all the requirements for a full matriculation exemption certificate or qualify for a conditional exemption. If you would like to check the requirements, please visit the Matriculation Board's website at http://www.hesa-enrol.ac.za/mb/forpres.htm

To check the requirements according to the country of origin go to the following web page:
http://www.hesa-enrol.ac.za/mb/forpres.htm

The email addresses are exemption2@hesa-enrol.ac.za or fax@hesa-enrol.ac.za

Support Services to International Students
Unisa’s distance education program provides comprehensive study materials that allow individual students to pace their way through a structured program. It is not just about reading and writing. The curricula are full of activities and exercises that students can do and apply for no matter where they are. If problems arise with the content of courses, students are encouraged to contact their lecturers via phone, fax or e-mail.

myUnisa student portal:
Unisa created an online student web site where students can get free access to the following services:

  • Non-course specific functions
    • do administrative tasks such as checking your personal information, change your address, change your exam venue, add or cancel courses, view your account, do credit card payments
    • view your personal examination timetable
    • get access to Library functions and resources
    • contact an online student counsellor
    • get advice on studying online
  • Course specific functions
    • View the course home page
    • contact your lecturer via e-mail
    • view record of submitted assignments
    • submit assignments
    • use the course discussion forum
    • view or download study material

Tuition language
International students for all programs are required to have an acceptable level of competence in writing, reading, speaking and understanding English. If not, applicants should contact the Department of English at:

Web site: Department of English
Telephone: +27 12 429-6702
for the improvement of their reading and writing skills.

ESP modules (English for Specific Purposes) are for students who want to take fully accredited first-level modules in English, but who do not necessarily wish to focus on literary study. These modules target the specific academic language needs of students at university.

Students overseas, in remote or isolated areas
Students studying from locations overseas, particular those in developing countries, and those in remote and isolated areas are advised to ensure that workable arrangements are in place for receipt of mailings from the University and for submission of assignments.
However, unreliable postal systems and variable customs administrations may impose extra costs and problems. Allowances should be made for delays, which may arise. All learning materials are sent by airmail or may possibly in future be downloaded from the Internet.

Visiting South Africa

International students who wish to visit South Africa or to attend their graduation ceremonies may find the following web sites helpful (for example, information regarding for acquiring a visa, general information about South Africa):
http://www.home-affairs.gov.za
http://www.dirco.gov.za
http://rainbownation.com/

INTERNATIONAL: Memorandum of Agreement
Please see the section agreements for information about institutions that have signed memorandum of agreement with Unisa.