Unisa Application Form

Before you can start registering for your degree with UNISA, you need to apply to the actual university. This happens before the registration and when you actively begin to study. Applications are accepted in April and August (so it’s best to register early). Check the next application dates.

When you are ready to apply go to this page: Apply for admission. select which type of course you want to do, and then select “start the process.

There are some steps that you need to make sure you have taken when applying at Unisa. Here are the steps you need to complete :

  1. Choose your qualification

Choose a UNISA qualification and make sure you meet the admission requirements.

  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.

  1. Submit documents

    Have 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


  1. Receive your student number

Once you have submitted your application form + supporting documents and UNISA processes your application you will receive a student number. Remember this student number as you’ll use it for my.unisa.ac.za and further communications with the university.

  1. Application fee

You must thereafter pay a non-refundable application fee of R100. 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 call UNISA on 012 429 6171 or email UNISA via applications@unisa.ac.za. Expect the processing of the application to take from three days to a few weeks.

  1. Register

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

Last updated: November 11th 2016

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