UNISA Application dates 2018

UNISA has announced the 2018 application period.

Applications open on 14th August, and close on the 29th of September.

Read this page carefully if you want to know how to apply at UNISA.


What does Application to UNISA mean?


If you want to study at any institution, be it a school, a college or a university you first need to apply and see if you are accepted.  At UNISA you first have to apply, and you can only register if you are first accepted.


If I apply now when can I study at UNISA?


If you apply when applications open in August then you will hear in December if you are accepted at UNISA.  If you are accepted then you can register in January to study in 2018.


How do I apply at UNISA?


  1. Choose your qualification


Choose a Qualification by looking through the UNISA brochure and make sure you meet the admission requirements.

It is important to remember the UNISA requires you to do all your own research and decide which qualification suites your chosen career, and whether ODL (open distance learning) is right for you.

  1. Fill in the form


You must apply for admission to UNISA by filling and submitting the admission form. You can either fill in the form online or at a regional office.

Remember to fill in your top two choices, in order of preference.  If you are accepted on both programmes you may only choose one qualification to study.

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  1. Submit documents

Please be very sure you have every document, and they are submitted exactly as requested by UNISA.  If they are not exactly as specified, or not submitted, you will be automatically rejected regardless of your merits or circumstances.
You need scanned copies of the following documents handy to submit online together with your application form:
  • 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
  • DSAR04 form and supporting documents if you are applying for exemptions


Remember that these all have to be given in electronic format, and UNISA does not supply any copying or scanning devices for you.

You also need to scan them in the right format, ensuring that the file is no bigger than 2MB, all documents are in black and white, and are saved either as a PDF, TIF or DOC.  No other file extensions will be accepted.

Click here if you want to know how to check the status of your UNISA application.


  1. Receive your student number


If you are accepted to study at UNISA you will you will receive a student number. Remember this student number as you’ll use it for signing up on the student portal my.unisa.ac.za, and in all further communications with the university.


  1. Application fee


You must thereafter pay a non-refundable application fee of R105.  If you are registering for non-degree purposes you can apply with hard copy, and this will cost you R160.

You can pay online via credit card (response is quicker) or via bank deposit. More information on paying the application fee and international payments.


  1. Wait for a response


UNISA will get back to you to inform you about the outcome of your application.

For enquiries regarding applications email UNISA via applications@unisa.ac.za.

Click here if you want to know how to check the status of your UNISA application.


  1. Register


Once your application is successful, it is now time to register your modules and start studying! Follow the UNISA registration tutorial.

Remember that you must register in the next semester, or you will have to apply all over again in the following year.


Last updated: August 27, 2017

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