Registration and assessment changes for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate diploma students for the 2021 academic year

Due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation's directive that the 2021 academic year will commence in March 2021, Unisa has made the following changes to ensure that all students are able to successfully complete the 2021 academic year:

1. Make a booking before visiting a Unisa campus

If you need to access any Unisa campus, you must make a booking in advance. NO student will be allowed access to any campus without a booking. Due to Covid-19 regulations, only limited services will be available. Please make your booking using this link: 

2. Registration for the 2021 academic year to be fully online

All registrations for the 2021 academic year must be submitted online:

If you have any problems with your online registration, please read the error message carefully and correct your selection of modules before submitting your registration. This will enable the university to process your registration timeously.

3. One registration period for 2021

There will be only one registration period for the 2021 academic year. This means that you must register for all your modules for 2021 (semester 1 and 2 modules, pre-requisites, co-requisites and follow-on modules) before the closing date of 12 March 2021.

If you are writing supplementary examinations in January/February 2021, you may register concurrently for the same modules, including pre-requisites and follow-on modules (for both semesters 1 & 2) by 12 March 2021. If you pass your supplementary examinations, the affected modules will be automatically cancelled and the fees paid credited to your account. If you fail and you wish to cancel the module, you will be liable for the cancellation fees in order to cancel the follow-on modules.

There will be no semester 2 registration period. No exceptions or registration extensions will be permitted.

4. Revised assignment date

All assignment due dates for semester modules for the 2021 academic year will be revised with submission due dates scheduled between May and September.

Please take note of the following:

  • Please disregard the assignments and due dates in your Tutorial Letters 101 (TL101).
  • The updated TL001 with the revised assignments and due dates will be published from 10 February 2021 on the relevant module sites.
  • Please do not submit assignments until the updated TL001 have been uploaded to the relevant modules sites.
  • You need to download the TL001 with the revised assignments and due dates for each module on myUnisa under Official Study Material (eg FAC1501_2021_TL_001).

5. Examinations

There will be one examination period for the 2021 academic year. All undergraduate and postgraduate diploma examinations will be written in October and November 2021. Honours examinations will be written in January/February 2022. A revised timetable will be available on myUnisa.

The university is working tirelessly to respond to the Ministerial request and to comply with South Africa's lockdown regulations. We will continue to communicate any updates and changes as they become available.

Kind regards
Prof MS Mothata
Unisa Registrar

Publish date: 2021/01/20