Who must apply for a student number?
You must apply for a Unisa student number if you have never before registered for a formal qualification at Unisa. A formal qualification is a higher certificate, diploma, degree, honours degree, postgraduate certificate, master's degree or doctoral degree. You do not need to apply for admission to Unisa if you want to register for a short learning programme.
How do I apply for admission?
What are the admission requirements for Unisa qualifications?
Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the minimum admission requirements for your chosen qualification. Based on that qualification, Unisa may set additional requirements: college-specific and/or qualification-specific requirements.
I completed my schooling or undergraduate studies outside South Africa. Do I qualify?
For a list of acceptable school qualifications for admission per country, visit http://he-enrol.ac.za/qualification-country.
Certain international degrees need to be accompanied by a SAQA evaluation certificate. Unisa's master's and doctoral section will inform you whether you need to have your qualification assessed by SAQA. If this is necessary, you will need to contact SAQA and manage the process. This can be a very time-consuming process and could delay your application by as much as a year. Once you have received the SAQA verification, please re-submit your application to Unisa, during the relevant application period, with the necessary SAQA certificate.
What qualifications does Unisa offer?
How do I pay the application fee?
The online application fee is R100,00. You can pay the fee via SWIFT payment:
Funding for foreign students
The government is currently investigating the subsidy for foreign students, which means that prescribed student fees could increase substantially in the future. Unisa reserves the right to charge fees in certain countries in the currency of that country. The levy for students in foreign countries must be paid in addition to the minimum initial payment at the time of registration. A student must be in possession of a student number before registration can be processed, or fees paid or deposited into the Standard Bank South African account.
What documents do I need to submit when applying for admission to Unisa?
*Certified copies are acceptable for the admission phase, but documents must be certified at a South African embassy or by a public notary.
Master’s and doctoral applications:
*Certified and scanned copies are acceptable for the admission phase, but documents must be certified at a South African embassy or by a public notary. After your application for a student number, the Admissions Office will request hard copies of these documents. No faxed copies will be accepted.
What should I do if I did the language test, but did not obtain the required score?
How can I contact Unisa?
Please visit the Unisa website first for information related to your application. If you require additional information, however, please send your enquiry via e-mail to email@example.com (only add your student number in the subject line).
Accreditation of Unisa as an institution
Unisa operates in accordance with the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997, as amended. It is recognised by the South African Department of Education (DoE), accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) and all its qualifications are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
Since Unisa operates in accordance with the Higher Education Act, 1997, it does not have a registration number at the Department of Education.
International Accreditation of Unisa’s qualifications
One way for the accreditation of Unisa’s qualifications in foreign countries with an established Qualifications Authority, is for the two qualification authorities involved to negotiate the mutual recognition and accreditation of each other’s qualifications.
In other cases the publication of an institutions name in specific authoritative publications, forms the basis of accreditation. Unisa is inter alia listed in the International Handbook of Universities published by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and officially verified by the International Association of Universities.
Students must however enquire from the specific foreign country/university whether Unisa’s qualifications are accredited/recognised.